£50,000 boost for Leeds Buddhist centre

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A Buddhist centre in Leeds is celebrating after landing a substantial five-figure boost to its fundraising efforts.

Last year, the Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds (JBCL) celebrated its 20th anniversary.

They marked the occasion by launching a fundraising campaign to find a new home in the city.

Within the first five months it had raised £20,000 towards its target.

Now, the centre has received a matched funding donation of £50,000 from an anonymous donor to boost their ambitious target of £750,000.

The group is now relaunching the campaign in a renewed bid to find a permanent, larger home in the city.

The group is currently based out of St Paul’s Street and has a long history in Leeds, having been established under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1996.

Kerry Prest, Director Of JBCL, said: “Our target of £750,000 could be considered a tall order.

“But we firmly believe that the commitment that has got the centre so far already will continue to grow and enable this to happen.

“In the first two months after launching the appeal, we had raised £4,500.

“We have been astounded by the generosity being shown to us by the community, and hope that we can be successful in ensuring Leeds has a prominent, permanent and central Buddhist centre, offering a wide range of services to the broader community.”

JBCL wants to expand into new areas such as providing courses on mindfulness for businesses, providing neutral spaces that can be let out to third parties and having a café area that is open to the public.

For more information, visit jamyangleeds.co.uk.

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