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Buddhapadipa Temple, London

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Wat Buddhapadipa in London was the first Buddhist temple to be built in the United Kingdom.

It was established by the London Buddhist Temple Foundation with the objective of creating a centre for the dissemination of theoretical and practical Buddhist teachings in Europe.

"Wat" is the Thai word for temple or monastery and is used as a prefix to denote the name of a temple.

Buddhapadipa is a compound word in Pali, the Buddhist canonical language, meaning ‘lamp or light of the Buddha’.
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  • Often when I visit a temple, I am struck with awe or seduced by its charm. Unfortunately, however, the Buddhapadipa Temple left me a little disappointed, as it did not have that wow factor. Though the...  more »
  • Although I went there on a freezing London day, still its charm and serenity instilled a warmth of sorts only reserved for the monks. The frozen tiny lake had ducks sliding on it, the temple was magni...  more »
  • My Wife from thailand so she visit quite often. Always nice to go here . The Monk have toeat i think before 11am what is left over is shared out with whoever is there. Most people who go take an offer...  more »
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  • It is a nice place to go and meditate but the language over there is not nice, I was studying there when I was 8 years old but left 9 the school because I was being bullied because I have got autism and I was a big fan of Harry Potter, and the teacher saw what was going on but just didn't bother to help. So my mum came into the classroom and pulled me out, I now go to Christian churches occasionally.
  • The gardens and the temple invite you to meditate. Quiet and nice atmosphere. You will be requested to remove the shoes, and to leave them outside. Inside there is a nice and worm carpet. Totally worthy going there for some spiritual time or just to admire complex.
  • Really Nice and almost the same as in Thailand.! really peachfull place and polite Monks !")
  • A beautiful place with exquisite wall paintings throughout the interior rooms.
  • If you're a Thai buddist stuck in the UK with no way to get home, then this is the place for you! There are no cats, the weather is cold like the rest of this dreary country, but otherwise it is quite like a chunk of thailand. If you can imagine a small temple in a forest in the north of Thailand in the cold season, I think that is not far off the mark. Sometimes they have festivals with lots of very tasty food. Sometimes a neighbourhood cat jumps over the wall and it's just perfect.

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