About Atish Dipankar Dhyan Kendra

When it began as an informal group in Kolkata in mid-2019, only a few met once a month to learn about Buddhism and meditate. During the Covid lockdown, the group went online and more people could join the study and meditation sessions.

Noticing a growing interest in meditation and how the participants were benefitting from the sessions, Atish Dipankar Dhyan Kendra was registered as a trust in July 2022 to make the teachings more accessible and widely available.

The centre now holds regular study and meditation programmes, with an emphasis on their application in contemporary times.

Upcoming Events

24
May

Study - Vajrayana

Hybrid mode (in-person and online)
2024-05-24
19:00 - 20:30
25
May

Drop-in Meditation – Live session

Hybrid mode (in-person and online)
2024-05-25
19:30 - 20:30
26
May

Study - Heart of Wisdom

Hybrid mode (in-person and online)
2024-05-26
15:00 - 17:00

Who Was Atish Dipankar

Atish Dipankar (982 – 1054) was a Bengali Buddhist monk, scholar and teacher. He had a distinguished stint at Nalanda and Vikramshila universities in India, and travelled extensively, both for studying and to teach.

Meditation Programmes

Drop-in Meditation

Guided meditation sessions are held online and in hybrid (in-person and online) mode once a week. Anyone can attend with prior intimation. The sessions are offered for free.

Study Programme

This is a study course on Buddhist psychology and philosophy with teaching and commentary. Members are required to take part in presentations and discussions on study topics.

Meditation Retreat

Retreats of varying duration – from a couple of days to 10 days – are held few times a year. Retreats are essential in deepening our personal experience of meditation.

Puja and Prayer

The Dhyan Kendra regularly organises group pujas and prayers. They are open to all and offered for free. These are held both online and in our meditation hall in Salt Lake, Kolkata.

You Can Help Us

Atish Dipankar Dhyan Kendra is a public charitable trust. Your donation will help us in running our study and meditation programmes, developing course material, organising meditation retreats, maintaining the meditation centre, translating Buddhist texts and supporting practitioners on this path.

Our Team

  • Anindya Chatterjee
    Anindya Chatterjee
    Meditation Teacher and Managing Trustee
  • Ujjaini Srimani
    Ujjaini Srimani
    Coordinator
  • Dibya Jyoti Bhadra
    Dibya Jyoti Bhadra
    Trustee
  • Sarmistha Gupta Basant
    Sarmistha Gupta Basant
    Trustee
  • Jayanti Basu
    Jayanti Basu
    Trustee
  • Pallavi Banerjee
    Pallavi Banerjee
    Trustee

Past Events

Testimonials

  • It’s my long-term interest in Buddhist philosophy that brought me to this group and it’s been a life-changing experience. My systematic engagement in the contemplation and meditation sessions, along with the retreats, has changed my outlook on life, transforming me from a staunch atheist to a person invested in spiritual progress. It has also redefined the meaning of the work I do.

    Paramita Banerjee

    Social Development Professional

  • Atish Dipankar Dhyan Kendra’s study programme opened doors to authentic teachings on Buddhist psychology for me. Not only is it intellectually stimulating, the practice of mindfulness and meditation, which forms an integral part of this engagement, helps me evolve as a person too. I am truly grateful for this space.

    Saoni Banerjee

    Psychologist & Art Therapist

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