The AUKANA TRUST is a Buddhist registered
charity (number 326938) based in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England.
The centre was established in 1980 by the co-founders Alan and Jacqui
James.The current spiritual head of the Trust is Paul
Harris, who has been teaching the Buddha's path to enlightenment
for ten years.
The Trust supports two monasteries (one
for monks, one for nuns) and a meditation retreat centre, the House
of Inner Tranquillity. It also publishes several books on Buddhism
The Meditation Centre
& Monasteries overlooking the town
Both the monasteries and the meditation centre
were established for those in search of a practical approach to
the Buddha's teaching. Stripped of ritual and cultural accretions,
the path is presented in a manner ideally suited to the needs of
the modern westerner. Today, just as in the times of the Buddha,
someone committed to truth can travel right to the end of the path
and realise the goal of enlightenment
The instruction offered is the traditional training
in the three aspects of the Buddhist way: sila or control
of personal conduct, samadhi or control of mind, and panna,
the development of wisdom. The key to the growth of understanding
is the practice of insight meditation (vipassana). We also
stress the importance of loving-kindness (metta), generosity
and service, as well as establishing a sound theoretical grasp of
the teachings through study of the Pali Canon (the collection of
the Buddha's original discourses).
Last update: 31st January 2015
A new book and regular eJournal by Paul Harris
Shopping cart facilities
for buying Aukana books online now available.
retreat dates now available
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