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Main Shrine Room

Downstairs Shrine RoomThe large Shrine Room, set in the soaring volume of the double-height former Reading Room of the Old Bermondsey Library, is a magnificent space.

Both of our Shrine Rooms are available for visitors to come and meditate when the centre is open, providing a place of peace and tranquillity in the midst of the busy city.

Decorated in traditional Tibetan colours, the warm and peaceful environment of the Shrine Rooms are enjoyed by all who visit. The huge windows let in copious amounts of daylight, sparkling off the crystal chandeliers and the serene countenance of the gilded Buddha statues, making this a unique setting.

The large Shrine Room on the ground floor is also available for hire for appropriate workshops and events. It measures 17m by 9.5m and can seat approximately 190 people.

To book please visit our Contact Us page for contact details.

Shrine Room Etiquette

Our shrine room is the heart of KSD London. Everyone is welcome to sit and enjoy the quiet and stillness of it any time during the opening times of the centre or to attend the weekly meditation sessions and Tibetan pujas detailed in our programme.

A shrine room is a sacred space for us to access the highest aspect of our being, our own Buddha-nature, and should be approached respectfully with that in mind. We request that you observe the following while you are inside the shrine room:

  • SHOES/HATS Please remove your shoes and hats and leave them on the racks at the entrance
  • DRESS CODE Shorts, short skirts and revealing clothing are not appropriate for the shrine room or anywhere in the centre
  • TEXTS/PRAYERS The Buddhist tradition is to treat texts and musical instruments with respect and to keep them away from the floor by placing them on a table or on a cushion. Please also avoid stepping over them
  • PROSTRATIONS It is common to show ones respect by prostrating to the Buddha three times upon first entering the shrine room. But this is not obligatory
  • FOOD/DRINK Please do not bring food and drink into the shrine room, other than water in closed containers
  • MOBILES Please turn off your mobile phones and other electronic devices
  • GENERAL Avoid stretching out your legs directly at the shrine and pointing your feet at it