Our visit to Conishead Priory was more of a chance visit. While holidaying in the Lake District, near Cumbria, we knew of a Buddhist temple in the area and wanted to see this. Little did we know it was a lot more than just a temple.
Conishead Priory is a large Gothic Revival building on the Furness peninsula near Ulverston in Cumbria. The priory’s name translates literally as “King’s Hill Priory”. Since 1976 to the present, the building has been occupied by a Buddhist community.
Known as the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center, the building is now home to a community of around 100 people from all over the world. It is used by lay and ordained practitioners, young and old to study, meditate and work together in accordance to the Buddhist way of life.
Living life based on Buddha’s teaching allow the community to enjoy a happy and harmonious place. There are activities taking place within the building and the temple throughout the day. We were fortunate in our timing to be able to join in a mediation session held in the temple.
These activities are focused on making the facilities and Buddhist teachings available to everyone. You can offer a small voluntary donation if you wish to take part.
Within the building and grounds of the Conishead Priory are the World Peace Cafe with outdoor seating, Book and Gift Shop, Statue of Buddha, access to Prior Park, Kadampa Buddhist Temple (more about this in our next post) and path to the coast where you are greeted by a long stretch of pebble beach.
Statue of Buddha
World Peace Cafe
If you are in the area and are looking for something to do, the Conishead Prior is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre Conishead Priory, Ulverston LA12 9QQ