Autumn Term 2014

18th September -  11th December

Exploring Buddhism in the 21st century 

All welcome

 Meetings are held on Thursday nights in the Scout          Headquarters at 7 Grove Street (see map below).

Arrive after 7.45pm  for 8.00 pm start

Whether you are new to Buddhism or have an established practice, you are welcome at the BBG meetings. There is no need to book, just turn up. The meetings are free of charge, but the group depends on donations.

The meetings are lead by  the core members of the BBG, each an experienced and long standing practitioner, or sometimes by guest speakers.

Meditation guidance can be offered to beginners, and time will be set aside for questions.

For further information, contact John at


About the Group

The Bath Buddhist Group was founded in 1977 by Heather & John Harvey at the suggestion of the late Christmas Humphreys, founder and president of the Buddhist Society.   The group's objectives are to "promote an interest in Buddhism and encourage its study and application".  

The Bath Buddhist Group seeks to have all main schools of Buddhism represented in talks by visiting speakers, and the content of the library.

Membership of the BBG

It is not necessary to be a member of the BBG in order to attend meetings, but if you would like to support the group's outgoings (rent, etc.) the cost of membership is:

£10 p.a. £15 (couples)  £3 (unwaged).   Members are able to borrow books and recordings from the group's extensive library free of charge.

Non-members are equally welcome and are able to give dana (voluntary offering), but cannot use the library.

 Members and non-members who join the free Yahoo site (email us for no obligation invitation) receive weekly emails about the group's programme. To join the Yahoo group


Recommended Reading:  

On Mindfulness:

The ABC of Mindfulness. On daily dealings with everyday feelings: Jessica Wilker  available at the BBG or at

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation. A handbook of mental training based on the Buddha's way of Mindfulness: Nyanaponika Thera available on Amazon or as E-book

On Buddhism:

The Four Noble Truths by Ajahn Sumedho - free if available from Amaravati monastery, or access via the link above.                                       

What the Buddha Taught by Rahula Walpola - contains translations of the Sutras and is organised in a way that is easy to understand.            

The Zen Way : Myokyo-ni (available from Amazon )                           

Food for The Heart:The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah Author Jack Kornfield, Foreword by Ajahn Amaro. Ajahn Chah was a highly respected teacher in the Thai Theravada Forest Tradition. Ajahn Chah was Luang Por Sumedho's teacher.                                                                        

The Art of Happiness (A Handbook for Living) : H.H.Dali Lama & Howard C. Cutler. An easy conversational interview with the Dalai Lama.                                                                                                   

Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, edited by Stepanie Kaza (Shambala)                               

Meditation - A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucitto (part 1 available as a free download from )

Possible sources of books:                                         


more at


Ajahn Chah tradition  umbrella site for this and other western branch monasteries in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. Contains links as well as transcribed Dhamma Talks. contains an audio library of MP3 Dhamma talks by various teachers in the Theravadin Forest SanghaTradition.                             distributes
MP3-CDs with talks by various monks and nuns from this and related monasteries.

Buddhism and emotional management 

The Buddhist Society

Amaravati Monastery 

Hartridge Monastery

Chithurst Forest Monastery 

Forest Sangha (Theravadin)

Bath Friends of the Western Buddist Order 

The international association of centres of the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Dechen was founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the spiritual authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche.

The International Zen Association. 

The Museum of East Asian Art at 12, Bennett Street, Bath is hosting a number of very interesting Buddhist events.   See their programme at