Links and Resources

Although the majority of these groups are not in the Hampshire area, all are within an hour of Winchester and are worth the journey should you be looking for a specific tradition. Some of the groups also offer online courses as well as residential retreats and weekend activities.

Hampshire Buddhist Society, 32 Norfolk Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5AS. This is the Hampshire branch of the London Buddhist Society. Holds regular Zen and Theravada meetings. Tel: 023 8049 6315

Tendai Hampshire,. Japanese Tendai tradition. For information and events see:

Portsmouth Chan Group Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Weekly meetings. Part of the Western Chan Fellowship. For more info see:

London Buddhist Society Acts as a hub for various Buddhist activities and groups. Runs a yearly summer school and has regular lectures and events. Has a Buddhist library and delivers a range of distance learning courses. See:

Oxford Zen Centre Zen tradition of meditation and Koan study linked to Sanbo-Zen, Kamakura, Japan. Afternoon and evening meetings in Oxford and London as well as regular intensive retreats. For further information:

Reading Buddhist Priory Soto Zen tradition. Evening and weekend meetings

Gaia House Buddhist Meditation Retreat Centre, Newton Abbot, Devon. Offers regular programme of retreats throughout the year including Zen, Chan, Tibetan, Vipassana and mindfulness and secular Buddhism. See, contact:


Rupert Spira (non duality and Direct Path). Recorded talks and regular meetings in London and Oxford

Some Recommend Books

Guy Armstrong (2017) Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators

Martine Batchelor (2001) Meditation for Life

Stephen Batchelor (1994) The Awakening of the West. The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture

Stephen Batchelor (2015) After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed (2005) In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

Rupert Gethin (1998) The Foundations of Buddhism

Joseph Goldstein (2002) One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism

Ken Jones (1989) The Social Face of Buddhism

Phillip Kapleau (1965) The Three Pillars of Zen

Roshi Jiyu Kennet (1972) Selling Water by the River, (reissued as Zen is Eternal Life)

Elaine MacInnes (1999) Light Sitting in Light: A Christian’s Experience in Zen

Robert Rosenbaum and Barry Magid, eds (2016) What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn’t): Zen Perspectives

Rodney Smith (2010) Stepping Out Of Self-Deception

Shunryu Suzuki (1970) Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

Koun Yamada (2015) Zen: The Authentic Gate