What the Buddha taught

Buddha showed the impermanence of everything in nature and expounded the theory of cause and effect. He also said that there is universal dissatisfaction and laid the path for ultimate detachment. What the Buddha taught is referred to as Dhamma: "The law of nature - the nature of the law".

Who benefits from Dhamma

The Buddha stated that this Dhamma is for the open-minded and wise, who is content with few desires, who is energetic, who has a concentrated mind and is mindful, who delights in non-proliferation. Dhamma would benefit those who seek "liberation" themselves, without seeking it from external forces.

Daily Worship and Offerings

We worship and make offerings to Lord Buddha daily, and we invite you to participate in these meritorious deeds.

Weekend Meditation Sessions

Train your mind to achieve inner peace and resilience from daily stressors through meditation and mindfulness

Monthly Alms Giving

Participate in the offering of Dana (Mid day meal) to the Maha Sangha (clergy at the temple) on a fixed monthly basis

Blessings and Chantings

Acquire blessings from the Noble Tripe Gem during special life events, including achievements, anniversaries and birthdays, by participating in the chanting of Pirith by the Maha Sangha at the temple.

Services & Celebrations

"Athwela" Foundation

 Shanthi Vihara established the "Athwela" Foundation in 2018, in keeping with its charitable objectives. The first project of building a house for a poor family living in the village called Neeththa in Ampara district is almost complete.

Bakmaha Ulela

Sinhala & Tamil New year celebration is a harvest festival, celebrated throught Sri Lanka. We celebrate it in Nottingham, to give an opportunity to develop friendliness and unity among all of us. It's a cultural event replete with traditional folk-games.

"Buddhabhivandana" Bethi Gee

The Annual Vesak "Bodu Bethi Gee" event is the performance of devotional songs, to pass on the messege of the Buddha in an artistic form.

Introduction to Buddhism

What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, practised by more than half a billion people around the world. It is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, who lived in the 6th-century B.C.E.

Is Buddhism Nihilistic?

Certainly not. Buddhism teaches you the realities of life and the Buddha emphasized the dangers of going to extremes. The Middle Path He propounded is accepted as the norm in many spheres of life, today.

Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism is the only religion that does not believe in a creator God. Therefore, some do not consider it to be a religion in the strict sense of the definition. Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life, a spiritual path, all combined together, wrapped in religious practices developed over time. However, the most important aspect is that the Buddha's analysis of the mind and matter has never been equalled. Most authorities consider the "Kalama Sutta" to be the foundation of scientific thinking.

Was the Buddha a God?

Buddha was definitely not a God. Born a normal human being, He became extraordinary by attaining Enlightenment.

Are there different schools of Buddhism?

Depending on the emphasis of different scholars, a number of schools of Buddhism have developed but they all believe in the core teachings of the Buddha.

How do I become a Buddhist?

There are no initiation ceremonies or rituals to be followed, to become a Buddhist. Anybody who takes refuge in the Triple Gem, "The Buddha, The Dhamma and The Sangha (the disciples of the Buddha)" and follows the path laid down by the Buddha, become a Buddhist. What is important is the practice; living in the present moment in full awareness.

"සුණාථ ධාරෙථ චරාථ ධම්මේ"

"The first step is listening to the words preached by the Buddha. The next step is understanding, absorbing and retaining these words. The final step is following the path shown."