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Kadampa Meditation Centre Kent

Open to everyone, Kadampa Meditation Centre Kent 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.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Kent 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 Kent and Canterbury and welcomes people from all faiths and backgrounds.

Please note – We have some rooms available for rent at the Centre, if you are interested to join our community please contact us: ad@meditateinkent.com


Weekly drop-in classes helping people find inner peace and happiness in their daily lives


Half-Day Courses, Day Courses, Retreats and Special Events with qualified Kadampa Teachers


Gain deeper understanding of meditation and Buddha's teachings through systematic study

Resident Teacher

James Baskerville

James Baskerville is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kent. 

James has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over twenty years and has engaged in extensive meditation retreats, including silent retreat. He is especially known for his clarity, humour and inspirational presentation of Buddha’s teachings.

James teaches the Tuesday Evening Class in Rochester,  Thursday Foundation Programme in Canterbury and Wednesday Evening Foundation Programme in Maidstone as well as regular weekend courses and retreats.

Other Teachers

Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kent

Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kent

Chelvi Mailvaganan

Chelvi has been a Kadampa Buddhist for over 22 years. She is a mother and previously worked in social work, specialising in end of life care. Meditation has helped transform and heal many aspects of Chelvi’s life. She teaches from her own experience and wealth of knowledge, emphasising how to apply Buddhist methods to everyday life with insight and clarity. 

Chelvi teaches the Wednesday Evening in -Depth Buddhist Classes  in Canterbury and the Monday Evening Drop-in Classes in Ashford as well as regular weekend courses in Canterbury and Ashford.


Jowita is a sincere Kadampa Buddhist and a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Jowita’s teachings are presented with clarity, joy and practical examples that make them accessible to everyone. 

Jo teaches the classes in Ashford area.


Kelsang Oden

Oden is a modern Buddhist nun with a strong desire to share the joy she has found through her own practice of meditation and Buddhism. She is a physiotherapist and brings her caring personality to her teachings. She presents meditation and Buddha’s teachings in a practical, kind-hearted and inspirational way. 

Oden teaches the Tuesday Evening Class in Canterbury as well regular weekend courses in Canterbury.