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Origin of the Group

The Buddha

The Buddha

Even as a mother protects with her life

Her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart

Should one cherish all living beings.

The Buddha


Shan Tate and Andy Wistreich had helped to run the Manjushri London Centre (forerunner of Jamyang Buddhist Centre) during the eighties, and when they moved to Somerset in 1989, decided after a couple of years  to start a group by advertising Buddhist meditation classes in the local paper.  With permission from His Holiness the Dalai Lama the group was named Saraswati Buddhist Group, and began in spring 1992.  Until 2007 the group met weekly at the Market House in South Petherton.