About the Centre
Samudra Buddhist Centre, Buxton

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Samudra Centre, situated in the High Peak of Derbyshire and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park, is a peaceful meditation centre run by a welcoming community. Founded in 1997 by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso the centre offers a wide range of courses from beginner’s classes to more advanced teachings, study programmes, retreats, and specialised meditation and walking weekends. An enthusiastic community of like-minded friends, drawn from all walks of life, is the very basis of our centre’s warmth and energy. Our principal aim is to offer help, advice, and support to anyone who wishes to solve their human problems and find internal peace and happiness by introducing basic meditation into their daily lives.

Samudra Centre has a small residential facility close to Buxton town centre located at 47 High Street. There are frequent rail and bus links to Manchester (city and airport), Derby, and Sheffield.


Gen Kelsang Sangye

Gen Kelsang Sangye originally came to Tara Centre, Buxton in 1991 and ordained as a Buddhist monk the following year. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has 26 years experience as an ordained teacher in the UK, USA and Europe. His encouraging and uplifting teachings show us how to integrate Buddha's teaching to make our lives happy and meaningful.

Sangye is our Residential Teacher where he teaches Foundation Programme and General Programme classes in Glossop on Tuesday evenings, Whaley Bridge on Wednesday evenings and in Buxton on Sunday evenings and Wednesday mornings.


The fabric of our community is made from a diverse and loving group of people. All ages and many different backgrounds are brought together through a common wish to find a more meaningful life, or just simply to find peace and spend more time with others who share similar views.

Although some have been part of Samudra Centre for a few years, many members of our community are quite new, and there is a wide range of spiritual and meditation experience and application. Visitors are attracted to the warmth and common sense within our community; the way that people are all working together to bring more peace and happiness into the world. Family members and friends often involve themselves in centre events because they enjoy being with such a happy and motivated group of people.

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Buxton, a beautiful market town in the High Peak of Derbyshire, is famous for its spa waters. Surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Peak District National Park, the town was developed as a mountain spa and inland resort during the Victorian – Edwardian period from about 1840 through to the early twentieth century. Capacious hotels, a unique and splendid Opera House together with the Pavilion Gardens, Serpentine Walks, surrounding woodlands, and Poole's Cavern, are just some of the local legacies inherited from the innovative developments of this period.

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