About Us​

Our Centre

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Open to everyone, UMA Kadampa Meditation Centre in Carlisle is a special place of peace and refuge. We offer a variety of inspiring classes and courses that allow you to learn how to meditate, bring real meaning to your life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings. In-depth weekly study programs, chanted prayers and retreats are also provided for people who want to deepen their understanding.

UMA KMC Buddhist Centre is a non-profit registered charity and member of the New Kadampa Tradition – a global Buddhist organisation founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The Centre is run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the people of Carlisle and North & West Cumbria and welcomes people from all faiths and backgrounds

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Everyone Welcome

Our classes are open to everyone, regardless of background or level of experience. We cater for those who simply want to calm their mind, those who want effective strategies for improving the quality of their life right now, and those looking to embark on the complete path of inner transformation that Buddha taught. In other words, you don’t need to be a Buddhist to come to our classes; everyone can benefit from these practical instructions for living a more peaceful, joyful life.

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Our resident teacher

Gen Dema

Gen Dema is the resident teacher at Uma Kadampa Meditation Centre. She gives clear and practical guidance from her own experience of Buddha’s teachings. Gen Dema teaches the following classes at the centre: General Programme, Foundation Study Programme, Guided Retreats, Day Courses, Special Events as well as branch classes at other venues.

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Mary Cameron Parker

Mary Parker teaches lunchtime class at Uma Centre. She is much loved for her clear understanding and experience of meditation as well as for her wonderful sense of humour and lightness in teaching.

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Dave Stones

Dave Stones has been a Kadampa practitioner for many years and has a wealth of experience of putting Buddha’s teachings into practice. His humble, warm, practical and engaging style is welcomed at the Penrith branch class.  

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Sharon Hopgood

Sharon Hopgood is the Admin Director at Uma KMC. Sharon teaches a lunchtime class. Sharon is loved for her sincere teachings and is an inspiration to those attending.

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Volunteers

Join in

Come join in. We are dedicated to bringing inner peace and happiness to the people of Carlisle and beyond. To fulfill this aim our Centre relies upon volunteers.

If you have the wish to help out in any way please let us know. You don’t need to have any particular skills or make any regular commitment. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and help us with a vast range of tasks. Any help is welcome. 

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Fundraising

All of our Centre’s activities depend upon the kindness of our community. Every Kadampa Meditation Centre is completely run by volunteers and it is through the generous support of the community – by volunteering and making financial contributions – that we are able to offer classes and courses throughout Carlisle. If you wish to make a one-time or recurring donation to the Centre’s activities, you can do so at any time. Every donation regardless of size, is a significant contribution.  If you have the wish to help out in any way please let us know. You don’t need to have any particular skills or make any regular commitment. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and help us with a vast range of tasks. Any help is welcome. 

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Global Community

  UMA KMC is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition –  – International Kadampa Buddhist Union;  an international network of over one thousand centres and groups around the world.  This network was established by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the express intention of bringing inner peace to every corner of the globe and the wish for everyone to find, deep lasting happiness within.   By creating peace in your mind through these classes, you become part of a worldwide movement to create a more peaceful world.   

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