What we would like to provide
We recognise that there may be a number of barriers which could affect access to the temple for people, particularly for those with physical and sensory impairments.
We try to be aware of any potential barriers to accessibility, and to do our best to accommodate individual needs, within the limitations of our resources, so that anyone who wishes to can come and practice Buddhism and meditation.
What we can offer in practice
For day visitors, all of our main facilities are on the ground floor. This includes our meditation hall, common room, kitchen and a downstairs toilet. Movement between these is fairly easy as they are all on the same level. We have plenty of different kinds of chairs to sit on for meditation and classes/discussions. There are a couple of shallow steps up to the front door, which also has a raised threshold, but there are no other internal steps on the ground floor.
At the moment we are not able to offer accessible overnight accommodation, as the bedrooms and bath/shower are upstairs.
We hope to make some modifications to the property so that it functions better as a temple. These improvements would include having a ramp leading up to the front door, and at some point we hope to have an accessible bedroom and accessible bathroom on the ground floor as well.
Visiting the temple
We are sorry that we are not able to offer better facilities and easier access to the temple at the moment. However, if you have a physical disability, restricted mobility, or other impairment, and feel that you might be able to come to the temple with the facilities that we have, we would certainly do all we can to try to make that work for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to the temple.