His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Buddhist Community Centre, Aldershot UK
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to open first Buddhist community centre in UK: Aldershot, June 29
Tibetan exiled religious leader to give public talk in week before 80th birthday
Buddhist Community Centre press advisory, June 22, 2015
On a two-day visit to the UK, HH the Dalai Lama will speak about Buddhism in the 21st century in an event at Aldershot Football Stadium hosted by the Buddhist Community Centre UK. The public talk will follow a visit to the first Buddhist Community Centre in the UK and prayers for victims of the recent Nepalese earthquakes. HH the Dalai Lama, who is revered by Buddhists worldwide, marks his 80th birthday on July 6.
Damar Ghale, spokesperson for the Buddhist Community Centre UK, said: "We are deeply honoured to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is much loved by the British people, to Aldershot. His Holiness' visit will mark the opening of our new centre in the UK. In 2011 census, Aldershot, Rushmoor Borough Council has been identified as having the largest population of Buddhists living in one Borough in the UK.
There is a large Nepalese community in Aldershot and they share the Tibetan and Himalayan people's reverence for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Increasingly, people across the UK are becoming more interested in Buddhism. Our centre in Aldershot has strengthened our sense of community and brought people together whatever their background and culture - just as HH the Dalai Lama brings people across the globe together with his message of peace and tolerance, and oneness of humanity."
HH the Dalai Lama's address at Aldershot, 'Buddhism in the 21st Century', is the only public talk still open for public attendance during his June visit to the UK. It will be followed by a Q and A session. The event will be attended by religious leaders from many different traditions, including Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim.
Press accreditation and media information
Details of June 29 Dalai Lama talk at Aldershot
Venue: ESS Stadium Aldershot FC
Date: 29th June 2015 Time: 12:45 to 14:45
Gate Open: 10:00 Gate Close: 12:15
Press accreditation is open until June 27 2015. Please send an email with details of your affiliation and contacts to: Major (Retd) Damar Ghale MBE on
Email: email@example.com or
Mobile No.: 07425603737
There will be a limited availability for press who wish to cover the Dalai Lama's arrival at Aldershot and welcome by the Buddhist community at the Buddhist Community Centre.
Contact: Damar Ghale on 07425603737
The Buddhist Community Centre UK is a new centre in Aldershot, which has a large Nepalese Buddhist community. Its opening follows years of fundraising by community volunteers and groups; it will be open to all Buddhists in the UK and those interested in Buddhism.
Please log on to www.bccuk.co.uk for further information. The Dalai Lama will be 80 on July 6, 2015, an important occasion that will be celebrated by Buddhists and individuals of different faiths worldwide.
Major (Retd) Damar Ghale MBE
Spokesperson, The Buddhist Community Centre, UK
His Holiness The Dalai Lama UK Visit 2015
Monday, 29 June 2015
The Buddhist Community Centre UK has launched an EMERGENCY APPEAL to help people affected by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
On Saturday 25 April, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal - leaving thousands dead and destroying the lives and homes of millions of people. Nepal's major cities have been badly damaged, with many beautiful rural areas wiped out and disconnected by avalanches.
As the country barely faced the shocks of the first earthquake, a second catastrophic earthquake of 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal two weeks later. Outside the eyes of the media, villages and settlements far from Kathmandu have been devastated, and left without shelter, food, or emergency aid. With Monsoon fast approaching, we have no time to delay. We all must act take action now!
The BCCUK is raising funds to provide life-saving aid, emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets to communities across the country. So far we have been able to send over 500 survival boxes, along with a team of 21 doctors, engineers and volunteers who have been on the ground supporting affected communities near the epicentre.
With your help, we can urgently reach out to the villages and communities newly devastated by the second earthquake.
We need your kindness. We need your compassion. We need your prayers. And most of all, we need your HELP!
Thank you for your support.
The Buddhist Community Centre UK is a nascent organisation with a mission to establish a Monastery, with an adjacent Community Centre, in the South East Region.
We are in the process of establishing, The Buddhist Community Centre UK. This will be a centre for all Buddhists and will be open to members of the public with an interest in Buddhism. read more...
BCCUK Uses & Activities
The Buddhist Community Centre UK(BCCUK) perform various activities as the place for
- Celebrations at occasions & traditions
- Buddhist Teaching
- Naming Ceremony
- Wedding Ceremony
- Ritual Ceremony
- Other Cultural Activities, Pujas
- Social Activities
- Counseling Service
- Nepalese Language classes
- Family function or party
- Integration programme
with local communities and other faiths
Please contact us if you have any queries.