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About us

History and more . . . .

Kadampa Meditation Centre Exeter was established in 1995 and is currently located in St James, Exeter, within 20 minutes walking distance of the City Centre and close to the University and St James Park train station.

We are home to a small residential community who share a similar wish to make their lives meaningful by finding lasting peace and happiness from within and helping others to do the same.

The Centre is open to the public and has a beautiful meditation room overlooking a sunny back garden providing a place of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the city. Whether you wish to try meditation for the first time, learn about Buddha’s teachings or follow a spiritual path we offer a range of classes and events at the Centre and in other towns in Devon. These include weekly classes and chanted prayers, and regular courses, events, and retreats. The teachings are presented in an accessible manner that can be easily integrated into our modern busy lives.

Everyone can benefit from these teachings without exception, and everyone is welcome.

We are a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union. The Centre is a registered charity (no. 1052954). For more information on the Tradition and lineage of the teachings click here

Living at the Centre


The Centre has accommodation for five residents; rooms are available to rent on a short or long term basis.

You do not need to be Buddhist but have an interest in meditation or exploring Buddha’s teachings.

You also need to have a wish to enjoy being part of a small community of likeminded people, learning to cherish your fellow house mates, caring for the Centre and helping out.

More about how we live

We are . . .

A friendly and caring community

We have a beautiful meditation room

A peaceful and harmonious space

Sunny back garden

Shared bathroom and kitchen

No TV, unlimited Wi-Fi

Washing machine and tumble dryer (charged in addition to rent)

Centre “Rules” include:

Non-smokers only

No alcohol or other intoxicants consumed at the Centre

No consumption of meat or fish at the Centre

Attending some classes

Volunteering to keep the Centre clean, and generally helping out.

Rooms for rent

Occasionally, we have rooms to rent, for long or short term. Rent is inclusive of bills and meditation classes. (see video) and images.

For more information and to apply email Jenny Parsons (Admin Director) at accommodation@meditationinexeter.org 



“The rooms are clean, well kept and very quiet, Ideally for meditation with lots of supportive organised activities as well. The extremely well equipped communal kitchen makes self catering very easy and a pleasure ”


“I lived at Pure Land for 3 months while working on my phd at the university of Exeter. I found the peace, joy and community support that I wished for. Pure land is an ideal place to be if you need tranquility without feeling lonely. And if you wish to discover this beautiful tradition, you can also participate to the many activities at the centre. I am grateful for the warmth I received during my time at Pure Land.”


This spring the Pure Land Buddhist Centre allowed me to stay just for a few weeks, which was perfect as I wasn’t able to commit to a longer period. It was a real home from home experience. The house and garden are lovely – extremely well run, spacious and clean, and the other residents were so welcoming. It was wonderful to have a resident teacher present, and to be invited to the evening pujas, which I enjoyed immensely. I look forward to my next stay, and I would recommend the centre for any length of stay wholeheartedly. 


“The rooms are clean, well kept and very quite. Ideally for meditation with lots of supportive organized activities as well. There is an extremely well equipped communal Kitchen. ”



Volunteering is an opportunity get involved and quickly feel part of our thriving community.You can help with any aspect of running the centre that we do here each day such as helping to keep the space clean, looking after the meditation room and administration.

You do not have to worry about your age or experience just fill out the form on the contact page, or call us on 01392 490058.

Geshe la

“Normally we divide the external world into that which we consider to be good or valuable, bad or worthless, or neither. Most of the time these discriminations are incorrect or have little meaning. For example, our habitual way of categorizing people as friends, enemies, and strangers depending on how they make us feel is both incorrect and a great obstacle to developing impartial love for all living beings. Rather than holding so tightly to our discriminations of the external world, it would be much more beneficial if we learned to discriminate between valuable and worthless states of mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

from the book How to Transform Your Life



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