Aro Ling – Who Are We?

Aro Ling is a school of Vajrayana Buddhism. We have two centres, one in Bristol and one in Cardiff.

The Aro Buddhist Tradition is a family lineage, which is part of the broader Nyingma Tradition – the oldest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Aro gTér is principally concerned with transforming our experience of everyday being, rather than achieving an esoteric or spiritualised mode of existence. Our aim is to engender cheerful courage, perceptive consideration, sincere determination, natural gallantry, graciousness, creativity, and spaciousness.

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Our teachers are not monks or nuns. They are ordained Tantrikas – whose lives are, in many ways, quite ordinary. They may have conventional jobs, be raising children, and many teach as married couples.
Their wisdom is embodied in the way they live everyday life. Facing the same life challenges as their students, they are able to offer advice that is grounded in personal experience as well as profound religious understanding.

The tradition emphasises simplicity, clarity, and depth – both of practice and understanding. To wield the essential functions of Buddhism is our mode of practice. To grasp the essential principles of Buddhism is our mode of study.

Aro Ling is a welcoming space, where you can drop-in to one of our meditation sessions and chat with Aro gTér Lineage practitioners – about meditation, the arts, or whatever enters your mind.

The Bristol Centre is a project supported by Sang-ngak-chö-dzong (SNCD), the Aro gTér Tradition’s registered charity #1019886. Please consider supporting the Bristol centre by making a donation to Sang-ngak-chö-dzong and directing the funds to Aro Ling.

The Cardiff Centre is supported by sponsors and donations. Please support the Cardiff centre through paypal at, by cheque made out to ‘Aro Ling Cardiff’, or by attending an event. Thank you.