The Vihara is open daily to all devotees and visitors from 8.30 to 11.00am and 2.00 to 8.00pm. Details regarding the Vihara's activities are displayed on the notice board inside the front entrance A monk or a lay person will usually be present to give additional information and assistance to new comers.
The Vihara Library is housed in the main hall. This library contains sets of the Buddhist Canon in English and Asian languages, ola-leaf manuscripts, bound sets of periodicals, books on Buddhism and related subjects-over 2600 items.
The library is open to students and friends of the London Buddhist Vihara. Please contact the Vihara to arrage access to the collection.
The bookstall has over 200 titles in paperbacks covering a wide range of Theravada Buddhism.
Publications include those from Buddhist Publications Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Buddhist Missionary Society, Kuala Lumpur, as well as books published in the UK.
Please send a Stamped Addressed Envelope (size C5, 23x16cm) for a book list
Classes in Buddhism for Beginners and for Advanced Students are held every week.
Meditation classes are held every Wednesday
Puja and chanting is held every evening at 6.00pm.
It is live-streamed on the Vihara YouTube and facebook channels
Dress Code when visiting the Vihara
- Devotees and Visitors are advised to wear clothing to cover the body appropriately when visiting the Vihara. Exposed shoulders, sleeveless tops, shorts and short skirts are considered inappropriate and disrespectful.
- Visitors should remove hats, caps, shoes and slippers when entering the Shrine room
- It is disrespectful to take photographs directly in front, with back to the Buddha Statue.
Dignified dressing is very much a part of the spiritual practice!