Planning permission has been granted for a new Kadampa Meditation Centre in the heart of Glasgow.

Utilising a former retail unit, the new centre will provide a meditation space, a café and bookshop, as well as improved office support facilities and a Buddhist teaching preparation space.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Glasgow’s (KMCG) is a centre for Modern Kadampa Buddhism; a special, practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings that is particularly suited to the modern day. KMCG was established in 2013 to provide people in Glasgow and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to learn how to meditate and practice Buddha’s teachings.

Their previous location in Merchant City was fully open-plan, giving no separation or privacy between the meditation space and main entrance, which included a gift shop. Additionally, due to growth, the facility was no longer suitable for the centre’s requirements, which led to a new location being sought.

The unused shopfront on Blackfriars Road offers an opportunity for Kadampa to establish a strong and visible urban presence in Glasgow City Centre. The design includes a built-for-purpose separate meditation room that will be central to the rest of the development. The centre aspires to create a new café and shop, enabling Kadampa to communicate their identity and activities with a larger number of people and engage with the wider community.

A haven on the high street, Kadampa’s new premises will create a tranquil, welcoming environment within a busy urban context, providing respite and calm for the activities and users of the centre. It will also signify the expansion of KMCG as business through the provision of a larger meditation space and improved public offering.

Andrew Hadden, Associate, commented;

“It has been a pleasure working with such an interesting client. The new Kadampa Meditation Centre will allow their organisation to grow, in a welcoming and purpose-built environment, that will strengthen their presence within the Glasgow community.”

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