Schedule of Groups

We have taken the decision to cancel all  meeting of groups until the end of May at least.

The LGBTQ+ and Awakened Heart Sangha are holding groups via Zoom, details below.

Wherever possible the venues we use are wheelchair accessible, but please contact us before booking for a retreat or attending a group. Please also contact us if you have any other particular needs so that we can discuss ways of meeting them. Chairs are available at all of our venues. We welcome feedback on how we can be more inclusive as this is a core value for us.

Open Meditation Session

Currently have joined the Gaia House Online Dharma Hall:

please check website for details.

  • Tuesdays 7:30-9.30 pm. We meet at Anahata, 119-120 Edward St, BN2 0JL, upstairs in the Hall (buzzer 7)This group is not affiliated to any particular Buddhist tradition but is a simple space for meditation and discussion.
  • Contact: Jiva 07717 718 385  or Malcolm 07891 606 298

Jiva Masheder

Forest Sangha Group

Currently joining   sessions with Venerable Canda

Please check website for details

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7.30-9.30 pm. We meet at Anahata, 119-120 Edward St BN2 0JL, upstairs in the Hall (buzzer 7)Drawing inspiration from the Thai Forest Theravadan Buddhist tradition, based in Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

    Sessions generally consist of a short opening chant, followed by meditation and discussion. We sometimes have visitors from the monastic community.

  • Contact: Corky 07 427 627 563.

Corky Vale

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer) Group

Currently running on Zoom, please get in touch for details.

  • 2nd and 4th Thursday 5.30-7:00 pm. We meet at Anahata, 119-120 Edward St, BN2 0JL, downstairs in the Studio (buzzer 6).A welcoming space in which to share meditation practice and explore teachings from different traditions
  • Contact: Sheila 07 789 861 367  email: lgbtbodhi@gmail
  • Zoom link:

Sheila Roche

Just Sitting

Currently suspended

  • Every Thursday morning at 730-820 amThe ‘Just Sitting’ group is an early morning hour of stillness and silence as the city wakes up.The group is facilitated by Zen Buddhist monk, Mathew Cunningham
    (who also co-runs the Brighton Soto Zen Group).

    There is no guidance or shared method; Each person sitting in their own practice, supported by the stillness and presence of others. This support is both simple and profound. We keep each other upright and focused, just by being there.

    Anyone is welcome - from any tradition, any religion or no religion.

    Please arrive between 7:15 and 7:25. Doors will close at 7:28. We meet at New Rd Psychotherapy Centre at 28 New Rd BN1 1UG, above Leaders.

    If you have any questions, please contact: Mathew: 07707 277 352  email

Mathew Cunningham

Awakened Heart Meditation Group

Under the current Coronavirus restrictions, we have moved our group on-line. We will be continuing our on-line meetings with a one hour session on August 1st, and then continuing to alternate one and two hour sessions  every week to the end of September. We'll be reviewing this at the end of September, when we'll know whether we can go back to meeting at Studio iO or will need to continue to meet on-line.

A full set of on-line dates is given below.

Our practice is mostly Formless Meditation as taught by Lama Shenpen Hookham. We also do Apramanas (Brahma Vihara) meditation, including metta bhavana practice. If you're not familiar with these practices and you'd like to come along, please email Sherab (Ian) at .

You can join the group from home using the Bodhi Tree Zoom Room: just click on and follow the instructions, or if you have Zoom installed, our meeting ID is 834-236-9279. You will need to have Zoom installed on your computer in advance. Feel free to share this link with others, our groups are open to anyone.

If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for the group, please contact Sherab at .

Group Sessions

1 hour sessions (11:00 to 12:00) August 1st, August 15th, August 29th, September 12th, September 26th

These are primarily opportunities to meet and meditate together:

Opening meditation (10 mins)
Brief checking in
Meditation (usually Formless Meditation) (30 mins)
Dedication and close

2 hour sessions (11:00 to 13:00): August 8th, August 22nd, September 5th, September 19th, September 26th

These sessions include more teaching and discussion. They will be arranged in four week blocks around a particular theme. For details of  themes, sign up to our email list by contacting :

Opening meditation (10 mins)
Brief checking in
Session intro
Meditation (usually Formless Meditation) (30 mins)
Reflection on the theme  and discussion

We offer meditation teaching and exploration of how meditation and awareness can manifest in our everyday life. This group explores themes from  Lama Shenpen's teaching to the Awakened Heart Sangha, 'Living the Awakened Heart'  You can find out more at .

Lama Shenpen is founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha. Following meditation instruction from Trungpa Rinpoche, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche, she took ordination as a nun from HH 16th Karmapa in India, who subsequently asked her to return to the West to teach. Her approach to meditation is based on the essence of the Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions, adapted to be accessible to students in the west. There is more information about Lama Shenpen at

The group is led by Ian Mackenzie (Sherab Dorjay), one of Lama Shenpen's senior students. Please contact Ian on to find out more about the group and the themes it explores.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Sherab Dorjay