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Lotus in the City - the LBC movie

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Lotus in the City


About the LBC

The LBC is one of the largest urban Buddhist Centres in the West, and perhaps the best established Centre run by the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO). It opened in 1978, in a building that was once a Victorian fire station, and it has become a well-known landmark in the East End of London. Today it is at the heart of a 'Buddhist Village' comprising a number of residential communities and several 'right livelihood businesses'.

Businesses in the Buddhist village

The LBC is also involved in the wider community through a growing number of outreach projects as well as through its participation in a broad based communities' organisation called London Citizens. It has now become a significant focal point for the promotion of Buddhist values in London.

The LBC & the Wider Community

The London Buddhist Centre (LBC) is part of a world-wide network of centres run by the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), an international movement dedicated to the application of Buddhist principles in contemporary society.

The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order

The FWBO was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita, an English Buddhist monk who had returned from 20 years of Buddhist practice and study in India .

Sangharakshita – Founder of the FWBO

The planet is in danger. There are many practical steps that we can take to help create a sustainable future. Simply treating the symptoms, although important, is not enough – we need to address the causes of our human and ecological predicament. In short, we need to create an ecology of mind.

The LBC and the Environment



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