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Although we don't have our own Buddhist Chaplain at Warwick, we have an academic member of staff, Vicki Squire, standing as a Buddhist Faith Adviser who can make links on behalf of students and staff seeking information or guidance.

If you would like to find out more about Buddhism, please contact Vicki.

Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama, sometimes known as Siddhattha Gotama, Gautama Buddha or Shakyamuni Buddha. While the exact details of the Buddha's life are disputed, what is known is that he lived in India and present-day Nepal around 2500 years ago. His teachings have led to a range of Buddhist schools, with contemporary Buddhism now a worldwide movement involving various traditions and practices.

Student Faith Society

The Chaplaincy hosts the activities of various Buddhist groups, which are open to all. It works closely with the Buddhist Society, which runs weekly meditation sessions that welcome Buddhists as well as non-Buddhists interested in Buddhism or meditative practice. These are led by Ven. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht (Luang Por Khemadhammo) OBE from The Forest Hermitage. For more information, go to the Warwick Buddhist Society webpage or Facebook page. You can also find out more at Luangpor's blog.

Group of people meditating If you are interested in attending an introductory meeting to learn more about Buddhist philosophy and practice, please contact the Buddhist faith advisor (details above). These are organised regularly by student and staff members of Soka Gakkai, which is a lay socially-engaged Buddhist group. You can also visit the SGI-UK website to read some positive experiences of people practising Buddhism.
Facilities on campus

We have recently secured a small room in the Humanities block which we are re-fitting for use as a meditation space for staff and students. We hope that it will be available soon - MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!

The Central Space and Westwood Multi-Faith Prayer Room can be booked by Faith Societies, subject to availability. Other rooms across campus can be booked via the University's room booking systemLink opens in a new window. During the day, staff and students can use these spaces and the Multi-Faith Prayer Room on Gibbet Hill campus for meditation alongside others.

Contact the Buddhist Faith Advisor

Vicki is an academic member of staff who volunteers as our Buddhist Faith Adviser. You can contact her at:

V dot J dot Squire at warwick dot ac dot uk

The Ven. Luang Por Khemadhammo from the Forest Hermitage CentreLink opens in a new window leads a meditation with our Buddhist Society


Follow Luang Por on TwitterLink opens in a new window