special New Kadampa Tradition temple, at Manjushri Buddhist Centre
just outside Ulverston,
first of its kind to be built in Britain.
World Peace Temple at Manjushri Buddhist Centre
of Conishead Priory
Conishead Priory, as it's known, is situated in wooded grounds on
the shores of Morecambe Bay.
The priory was
founded as a hospital by Augustinian monks from Furness Abbey in
the 12th century.
It was reconstructed
to be a residence from 1820. Since then, it has twice reverted to
its original use as a hospital: as a sanatorium for miners and as
a wartime hospital for wounded soldiers.
from artwork inside the temple
Detail from artwork inside the temple
Tankha painting showing Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Today, the centre
caters for all, from those seeking ways to reduce the strains of
daily life, to those dedicating their lives to the Buddhist path.
There is a resident
community of 95, including a number of ordained monks and nuns.
The centre's grounds are open all year round.
The temple is open at weekends all year round.
The whole centre is closed to the public for two Buddhist festivals,
usually in June and August. Check the website before visiting.