The Buddhist Community in Waltham Forest

There are no Buddhist Centres in Waltham Forest. There is however a large and growing Buddhist community following different Buddhist traditions. Some of these communities meet locally at organised meetings others meet outside the borough.

There are two temples in Walthamstow whose teachings are based on Tao, Buddhism and Confucianism.

Waltham Forest Faith Communities Forum appoints one Buddhist Representative. The Buddhist Representative is Wendy Smith. Nominations for this position will be accepted in 2019.


Buddhist Traditions in the borough include:



Buddhist practice based on the teachings of the 13th century Japanese sage, Nichiren Daishonin. There are groups in Walthamstow Central, Lloyd Park Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford all providing a schedule of meetings for study, discussion or providing an opportunity to chant together. Most meetings are in individual members homes. To find your local meeting visit

Visitors are welcome at Sgi Centres.

LIPC (London International Peace Centre)
7 Wakefield Street
London, WC1N 1PG
Tel: 0207 837 3033

Sgi UK National Centre
Taplow Court
Berkshire, SL6 0ER



The group meet in Walthamstow on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7.15 – 8.45pm. The group is peer led with members taking turns in facilitating. Meetings include silent meditation and a discussion or talk on Dharma.



Originating in China and led by Master Wang, teachings are based on Tao, Buddhism and Confucianism. There are Lectures, Blessing ceremonies, prayers and meditation classes.

I Kuan Tao UK HQ
The Old Town Hall
14b Orford Rd, Walthamstow
London, E17 9NL

For more information contact us at:


The charity describes its activities as seminars on the teachings of Buddhism, Confucius and the Great Tao to the public. It serves as a place for the local Chinese community to meet.


Confucius and Tao Association UK
47 Shernhall Street
London E17 3EY

Tel: 020 8281 1444



In Waltham Forest we have a Tibetan Community of approximately 60 residents. In September 2018 Tibetan Democracy Day was commemorated for the first time with our Tibetan buddhist community at Waltham Forest Town Hall. This was the 58th anniversary of Tibetan democracy bestowed by His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.



Please help us to keep this page updated by sending any information you have on Buddhist groups in the borough to Wendy Smith at