About Us

The Triratna Buddhist Community

Newcastle Buddhist Centre was first set up in 1993 and has been offering meditation and Buddhist teachings in the city centre since then.

We are part of a worldwide Buddhist community that has been in existence for over 50 years. It was founded in the UK in the late 1960’s, by Sangharakshita, and was initially known as the ‘Friends of the Western Buddhist Order’. We are now known as Triratna Buddhist Community. ‘Triratna’ means ‘Three Jewels’, and refers to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha – the ideal of Enlightenment, the Path leading to Enlightenment, and the Community of those following the Path respectively. The name reminds us of what is most important in the spiritual life, and what it is we are trying to help bring into the world.

At the heart of the Triratna Buddhist Community is the Triratna Buddhist Order, a worldwide body of men and women committed to practising the Buddha’s teachings.