Useful sites

Free Buddhist Audio:

The Dharmachakra Archives are the sound and text archives of the The Triratna Buddhist Order. Free Buddhist Audio is the home of our online service. Here we distribute our collections as we make digital versions of them, and it's where you'll also find community users from all over the world uploading their own archives.

We hope you'll enjoy our selection of talks, interviews, seminars, and question-and-answer sessions from the early 1960s to the present day, including an increasing number in languages other than English.

The Buddhist Centre Online:

This is the website for the Triratna Buddhist Community which was founded in 1967 as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who spent 20 years in the east, 16 of them as a Buddhist monk. Having returned to Britain in the mid-1960s he saw the need for a new Buddhist movement. His vision was to create something faithful to traditional Buddhist values while being relevant to the modern world.

Taraloka Retreat Centre:

Started in 1985, Taraloka is a Women’s Buddhist Community and Retreat Centre of the Triratna Buddhist Community set on the Welsh/Shropshire border. It was a run-down farm when we bought it and has been gradually renovated, rebuilt and adapted over the years with the help of many different women with many different skills.

Vajraloka Retreat Centre:

Vajraloka Buddhist Meditation Centre (founded in 1979) is one of the foremost meditation retreat centres in the UK. The focus at Vajraloka is  the practice and teaching of meditation, with the aim of awakening to the true nature of things, the ultimate goal of Buddhism.

Situated beautifully amidst the gently rolling hills of North Wales, Vajraloka provides perfect conditions for meditation and Buddhist practice.

The retreat centre is run by a team of Buddhist practitioners, each with many years experience of meditation, and of running Buddhist meditation retreats.