Although we don't have our own Buddhist Chaplain at Warwick, we have two academic members of staff (Vicki Squire and Nattavudh (known as Nick) Powdthavee) standing as Buddhist Faith Advisers 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 one of our Faith Advisers (details on this page).
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.
|Regular introductory meetings are held at the Chaplaincy (currently via online platforms), where newcomers and those already familiar with Buddhism can learn more about Buddhist philosophy and practice. Please contact Valentina Bartali for details of the next introductory meeting: Valentina dot Bartali at warwick dot ac dot uk.These meetings are organised 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 will be re-fitting over the summer of 2021 for use as a meditation space for staff and students. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!
The Central Space and Westwood Multi-Faith Prayer Room can be booked by Faith Societies in the evenings, subject to availability. Other rooms across campus can be booked via the University's room booking system. 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 Advisors
Vicki and Nick are academic members of staff who volunteer as our Buddhist Faith Advisers. You can contact them at:
V dot J dot Squire at warwick dot ac dot uk
nattavudh dot powdthavee at wbs dot ac dot uk
The Ven. Luang Por Khemadhammo from the Forest Hermitage Centre leads a meditation with our Buddhist Society