Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory

ALBA started around 1994 at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, England, and was initially called the Upasika Training. Since then our name has changed, first to Amaravati Upasika Association and then to Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association. Upasika (and its female variant upasaka) are Buddhist scriptural terms referring to  sincere lay followers of the Buddha. Wanting to have a more understandable and less intimidating title, we chose - ALBA - Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association. ALBA also evokes 'albion' - which has a nice traditional ring of old England about it - and also means 'white' - which is how lay Buddhists are traditionally dressed, and also 'dawn' in Italian and Spanish.

ALBA is run by laypeople with the blessing of the ordained Sangha, and runs a series of days of practice and short retreats at Amaravati.


The Punjab Buddhist Society UK was formed by a small group of Non Resident Indians living in England. It was founded under the leadership of Ven. Chander Bodhi on 28th March 2004 with the strong support of the all India Bikkhu Sangha headed by the most Ven. Sangha Nayaka Sadanand Mahasthavir. It works for the spread of the teachings of the Buddha (Buddha Dhamma) and also for the benefit and welfare of the community and society as a whole.



The Centre has two principal aims: to promote the understanding of Buddhism in the West, and to preserve the Buddhist culture among its supporters.
At the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre you might find:
* Dhamma and meditation classes
* celebrations of important days in the Buddhist calendar - Vesak, Poson, Esala, Kathina, and Sangamitta Day
* a daily religious service in the evening to the public [Buddhapuja] and Pirith chanting
* Inter-faith seminars
* visits to hospitals and homes for the sick
* offering of alms to the poor and the destitute on Vesak Day
* a reference and a lending library of valuable books
* Distinguished personalities, academics, and Buddhist scholars, from both the clergy and the laity, deliver public lectures, speeches and Dhamma talks at different intervals throughout the year.



The centre is dedicated to providing access to talks on Theravada Buddhism and instruction on meditation for those living in Bristol and the South West.

The Amaravati Upasaka & Upasika Association. This is a site dedicated to Buddhist practice for lay-people. (People who are not ordained Buddhist monks and nuns.) Much of the content is related to the Theravadin Forest Sangha tradition.


Offers weekly services. Supports the monastic community at Harnham Buddhist Monastery.

Lower Fulbrook

Founded on Magha Puja Day in February 1985 to make available facilities for the teaching and practice of Buddhism in Her Majesty's Prisons.


A small Buddhist group that meets on a weekly basis to meditate and discuss dhamma in the Thai Forest Tradition under the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah.


Nirodha is a Theravada Buddhist organization based in Helsinki, Finland. We organize weekly sittings, practice days, silent meditation retreats, courses, and study groups.

In Nirodha events, we practise vipassana (insight), samatha (concentration), and brahma vihara meditation. We do not have a teacher in Finland, but our active members facilitate discussions and give meditation instructions for beginners. The teachers of our retreats come from abroad; many of them have received their teacher training at Gaia House, England.


Ihminen on luonnostaan sosiaalinen ja haluaa muodostaa yhteisöjä joissa voi vaalia omaa kulttuuriaan. Muuttaessaan uusille seuduille he tuovat mukanaan tämän kulttuurin ja haluavat tuoda ilmi mistä heidän identtiteettinsä muodostuu. Kun erilaiset kulttuurit kohtaavat, alkaa yleensä molemminpuoleinen tutustuminen niihin asioihin ja seikkoihin jotka muokkaavat ihmiset juuri sellaisiksi kuin he ovat. Näitä seikkoja ovat yleensä uskonto, kieli, asusteet, ruoka sekä yleinen elämäntapa. Watbuddharama tarjoaa buddhalaisille ja thaimaalaisille ihmisille tietoutta, sekä mahdollisuuden oman uskontonsa ja kulttuurin harjoittamiseen.