The North London Buddhist Centre is a centre that offers courses in mindfulness and they strive to help people to develop good skills in listening to themselves as well as others. They try to help people focus better on managing their daily ups and downs in life and learn how to live a fuller life along with developing compassion for others and themselves.
Address – 72 Holloway Rd, London, N7 8JG
Phone – 207 700 1177
Website – http://www.northlondonbuddhistcentre.com
About North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre was founded by members of the Triratna Buddhist. This order itself was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita. They are part of a larger International network of the Triratna community of Buddhist and have over 80 centres all over the world.
All of the centres have their own councils and the members of these councils have both legal and spiritual responsibilities and they are the Trustees of this Charity. The members of this council are listed below:
- Abhilasa who is the Treasurer
- Santva who is the Secretary
- Visuddhimati who is the Chair
The teachers at North London Buddhist Centre consist of the following:
All the teachers at the North London Buddhist Centre are extremely well trained and all have their own specialized skills in a variety of different areas.
The courses at the North London Buddhist Centre are either eight or nine weeks long and are conducted once a week. Each session focuses on learning mindfulness practices and all of them are supported by sharing the experience and discussing it in a group setting.
The courses also require that participants do daily home practice as part of the overall course and they are asked to commit 45 to 60 minutes each day, six days per week.
North London Buddhist Centre encourages participants to commit themselves to attending all the classes and does their daily practice in order to reap the full benefits of mindfulness. This includes working through a rigorous yet gentle daily discipline of meditating and other exercises that help to promote awareness.
These courses help those participating to develop better skills in listening to their inner self along with others around them. They help people learn skills that will help them work a lot more effectively with such things as depression, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, chronic illness, trouble sleeping, addictive personalities and behaviors, and other behavioral patterns that are not helpful.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT
This particular course takes place once a week on Wednesday nights and is intended for those who are suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and worry. This is an eight-week course and follows closely the Oxford training that works on preventing depression relapses. This course is actually not meant for those who are currently suffering from depression.
This North London Buddhist Centre course is taught by the psychotherapist, Pippa O’Connor. Pippa is also a senior lecturer at the North London Hospital at Southgate. She is also a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness instructor at the Tavistock Hospital and also holds a BSC in Addiction & Trauma/DIP Trauma and Cognitive Behavior.
Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and will include a practice day that begins at 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Cost is £265, £215 for low income, and £155 for concession. The cost includes all teaching materials and the practice day. This course is open to everyone.
Mindfulness for Healthy Living
This is a special course for people who have already finished one or more of the North London Buddhist Centre eight-week courses and they have already set up a regular and ongoing meditation practice and they’ve committed themselves to developing a much deeper relationship with this practice. This course offers them a chance to have a dialogue about their meditation in a small group setting.
This particular course is taught by Lokadhi Lloyd who has an MA, PGDip in mindfulness, a PGDip in Psychosynthesis and is registered with the BACP and has been involved with teaching mindfulness for over ten years and is also registered with the United Kingdome Network of Mindfulness Teachers. She trained at Bangor University and has very extensive group training and experience as well and attends regular retreats for meditation to support her personal practice. Lokadhi Lloyd also trains and supervises mindfulness teachers and conducts her own mindfulness group sessions for those in the health profession. Along with group training, she is an experienced therapist and offers one on one mindfulness practice training.
This course is a three-week course and the sessions are on Thursday nights from 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm. The cost for this course is £90 and £60 for concessions.
Stand Alone Practice Day
This one-day session is meant for those who have already finished one of their mindfulness courses and want some support with their ongoing mindfulness practice. It’s also good for those who might be considering taking a full course and want to learn more about mindfulness before committing themselves. This practice day course is also taught by Lokadhi Lloyd. This practice day starts at 10:30 am and ends at 6:00 pm. The cost is £50 and £30 for concessions.
Mindfulness for Healthy Living Nine-week Course
This is a nine-week mindfulness course that is conducted on Thursday nights and includes both an orientation and a practice day. This is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to enhance their quality of life by deepening their awareness of their unhelpful patterns of their mind and body. It helps them to develop needed skills to be able to better manage their stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and illness, any addictive behaviors they might have and just the ordinary ups and down of daily life.
This course is well suited for those who tend to be susceptible to episodes of depression but who are not currently suffering from depression. The course starts at 6:45 pm and ends at 9:15 pm. The practice day begins at 11:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. The cost is £265, £215 for low income, and £155 for concessions. The cost includes all teaching material and the practice day. This course is open to everyone.
This MBCT course can also be taken on Friday mornings for nine weeks. This morning course starts at 10:45 am and ends at 1:15 pm.
CMBT or Mindfulness and Compassionate Mind Behavior Training
This is an eight-week course that is suited for all who are looking for a way to let go of some difficult emotions that they might be struggling with. CMBT teaches techniques for training and transforming a person’s negative feelings and thoughts such as sadness, anger, anxiety, loneliness, stress, and depression.
It’s a course that teaches people to stop fighting their difficult emotions and their judgmental way of thinking about themselves and others. They learn to accept these emotions and lessen their reactivity toward them and find helpful and skillful ways of cultivating kind awareness toward themselves and other people.
CMBT also includes MBCT. By adding CMBT with MBCT it gives people an extra component. It helps people to change, find more wisdom, joy, and compassion to transform their lives.
This course is very well suited for any newcomer. It is also suited for any person who wants to enhance the skills they already have.
The course is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This includes a workshop that lasts from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm. They also have a catch-up session that starts at 1:30 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. The cost for this course is £265, £215 for low income, and £155 for concessions. The cost includes all the training materials needed.
Other Things Offered
- Meditation Classes – Weekday mornings from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and the cost is donations only. Meditation classes are open to everyone and no booking is necessary. Lunch meditation is held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The cost is £6 and £2 for concessions. Introductory Meditation is held Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cost is £10 and £5 for concessions.
- Meditation Day Events – These events are for both beginners and advanced meditators and everyone is welcome. When scheduled they usually begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. The cost is a suggested donation amount of £20 and £10 for concessions.
- Going Deeper Retreats – These are day retreats for regular meditators. It’s for those who want to focus on Buddhist insight and wisdom. Retreats begin at 10:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. The suggested donation is £40, £25 for low income, and £15 for concessions.
The North London Buddhist Centre also offers Buddhism Classes and courses, Buddhism Day Events, and Buddhism Retreats. The centre also includes Bodywork, Yoga classes, and workshops along with yoga day events.