At the end of last half term, both Year 5 classes had a visit to the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green.

Asking questions

We listened to the story of the Buddha and the history of the Buddhist Centre. Our Buddhist tour guide explained how two men had set up the centre at the end of World War 2 while travelling in India.

Then, we got to visit the shrine room where a large Buddha statue could be seen.

The shrine room

After a while, we got to practice some meditation. First, we stretched our bodies; then we practised some deep breathing – taking notice of our breath and listening to the sound of the gong as it rang in the still room.

Listening carefully to our surroundings
Finding his inner peace
Passing the flame; a metaphor for sharing knowledge