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Project information

Space for Mind - a New Buddhist Centre for London

To provide place in London where sustainable happiness can be achieved through the methods of an authentic Buddhist tradition - the Diamond Way Buddhism of the Karma Kagyu Lineage from Tibet. Its philosophies find contemporary relevance and practical application into Western modalities.

August 2011 - August 2013

Charity information: Diamond Way Buddhism UK

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  • Need


    The modern application Buddhist teachings and philosophy address the need of Londoners to find well-being in a fast paced city life style. Methods of working with mind and channeling emotions are needed to reduce stress and promote physical and mental health for individuals, families and the community as a whole.
    Restore and renovate a listed heritage building in order to preserve English Heritage. Local council funds can be allocated to other significant community projects.


    A landmark property provides an easily accessible location for Londoners.
    Our program offers a varied range of informational lectures, art exhibitions and meditation training.
    We will also be active in a number of community outreach projects to engage local people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop meditation training and community projects to help individuals reach their potential.


    » Establish a range of free meditation training and interactive lectures
    » Establish a range of community projects that enhance wellbeing such as inter-faith and science meditation exchange and art/artists training.

    What success will look like

    A continuous program of well attended events that increase wellbeing leading to widening participation from community leaders.

    Aim 2

    Restore and renovate a community building to act as a focus for lay Buddhist practitioners.


    » Fundraising for building extension, renovation and restoring historic fabric of a grade II listed building.
    » Work with local volunteers including youth and skills transfer organisations to give work experience in the process of renovation over 5 year period

    What success will look like

    Historic building removed from risk register - and a thriving community program using the building.

  • Impact


    The long term changes in the lives of people who benefit from the Buddhist teachings and meditation will show when people who first encounter Buddhism through our centre then stay on and support us and grow together with the centre. The users will start to help the wellbeing of others. This qualitative change will be directly experienced by the community and will show outwardly in the willing participation of local people in our events and their view of the projects


    1) We are awaiting final planning deision on a significant building TBD 3rd July 2012. Without this, the project will be significantly delayed as we search for a new building.
    2) Finances: the project requires significant moneys to restore the community building and invest in community facilities for growth.


    1) Quarterly programme of face-to-face events where donors can meet with us and the community users
    2) Regular newsletter and blogs on progress

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £750,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Historic Fabric Repairs to leaded window
      £250,000 renovation Restoration of original ornate ceiling
      £250,000 renovation Insulation of floor and new wood floor.
      £150,000 Lighting Lighting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Details on application £500,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is focused on the Beaufoy Institute, 39 Black Prince Road, London. Please see www.buddhism-london.org for details.
    We are seeking funding for the 1st Phase of the larger project - Restoring and Renovating the Main Hall of 160 sq metres.


    The local community will have the opportunity to partake in all the activities of the centre, and to make use of the facilities. Local businesses will benefit from our policy of sourcing our resources locally. The community of Buddhist practitioners will benefit from being able to live and work together. Anyone in London will be able to come and enjoy the benefits of meditation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a group of self motivated and dynamic volunteers who want to benefit others and have the focus, passion and determination to succeed. We have worldwide experience in renovating historic buildings and in running large Buddhist centers. Our UK charity has been working towards this goal for the last 10 years. We have authentic methods of working with mind handed down in an unbroken transmission linage for 2,500 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Stephen James

    Trustee, project coordinator and lay Buddhist teacher. Represents His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, in the UK.

    Anthony Warner

    Qualified solicitor and informal legal advisor to the project.

    Ricardo Assis Rosa

    Qualified architect; volunteer architectural support.

    Dr Matthew Huddleston

    Matt Huddleston is Trustee of the Diamond Way Charity and a Buddhist teacher. He has will manage community and public relations and plan activities.