Meditation groups

Insight Meditation Group led by Jaya Rudgard and guest teachers

Jaya (Karen) Rudgard runs a drop-in Insight meditation group in central Oxford on Monday evening. All are welcome and no booking is necessary. There is a half-hour meditation followed by Q&A, teaching and discussion. Chris Cullen, Brigid Avison and Kathryn Tulip will also be teaching on some occasions. These evenings are offered on a dana basis.

Jaya began meditating in 1985, and was ordained as a nun in the Thai Forest Tradition from 1996-2005. Her first teacher was Ajahn Sumedho, and she is currently completing a four-year teacher training with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and others. She teaches retreats at Gaia House and in the USA, and also teaches Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion.

VENUE: The Friends Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford OX13LW
DAY: Mondays
TIME: 7.30-9pm
WHAT TO BRING: mat/blanket, bench or cushion (chairs are available)

Autumn meetings 2018 Fortnightly

24th September – Chris Cullen
8th October – Kathryn Tulip
22nd October – Chris Cullen
5th November – Jaya Rudgard
19th November – Brigid Avison
3rd December – Kathryn Tulip
17th December – Jaya Rudgard


Sunday Sangha Meetings 11am to 2pm

Sunday 24th June   -St Margaret’s Institute 30 Polstead Rd, Oxford OX2 6TN
Sunday 15th July    – St Margaret’s Institute
Sunday 9th Sept    – Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Road, Oxford OX4 3NH
Sunday 7th Oct      – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 11th Nov   – Florence Park Community Centre
Sunday 9th Dec     – Florence Park Community Centre

It would be helpful if you could arrive between 11am and 11.15am. If you arrive before that, you can wait in the lobby or outside.

Entrance fee: £5 (£3 concessions)

Sangha is the Pali word for community. These meetings will be an opportunity to practise together, to discuss the teachings of the Buddha, to share food and to get to know each other. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Family members, including children, are welcome to join us, either for the whole session or for the lunch only. The sessions will be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

The meetings will consist of a practice session usually comprising meditation, a recorded talk and a discussion. Lunch will start at 1pm.

The practice session will begin at 11.15. If you arrive after the meditation has started, we ask you to sit on one of the chairs at the back of the room, to avoid disturbing the meditation. You can come forward when it’s finished.

At 12.50, partners and children can come into the hall and join us for lunch.

Most of these meetings will be peer-led and will make use of recorded talks given by experienced Dharma teachers.


From January, we expect to be trying out a few different venues, until we find one that really suits us. Keep looking at this site for further information.

Updated May 2018


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