Wat Buddhapadipa is a Thai Buddhist temple in 4 acres of wooded grounds at Colonne Road in Wimbledon. It was the first such temple to be built in the United Kingdom and has Royal Thai patronage. It is the only Thai temple in traditional Thai architectural style in the UK. Appropriate to Buddhist philosophy, the whole setting is conducive to quiet thought and meditation. Whatever one’s outlook on life, you can’t help but be drawn into the feeling of peace and quiet. It’s well worth visiting and learning more. Everyone there connected with the temple is open to conversation. Indeed all this was explained to me while there by my helpful guide.
Wat Buddhapadipa’s official website has good photos and explains all here.
There are three dominant strains of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, along with a fourth-Zen Buddhism-that grew out of Mahayana and has gained increasing popularity in the West. Wat Buddhapadipa follows the Theravada strain. Read more here.
At the heart of Buddhism are the ‘Four Noble Truths’-
- The truth of suffering (Dukkha)
- The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya)
- The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha)
- The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering (Magga)
OK, so you’ve made as start! When your’re ready, there’s more here [with thanks to the BBC] .
And there are meditation programmes available too – here.