World Peace Café


*Free WiFi*

Open seven days a week – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Drop in to Madhyamaka KMC’s World Peace Café and try the delicious vegetarian light lunches and yummy cakes. (Do you want to know our menu?)

Snuggle up inside next to the wood burning stove with a cappuccino or hot chocolate, or sit outside on the terrace with a smoothie and enjoy the beautiful scenery.


There’s acres of woodland and parkland to explore after your visit to the café, or simply relax in the gardens and enjoy a lazy afternoon. There’s plenty of space for kids to play and dogs are welcome if kept on a lead. A play area for young children is just next to the cafe. Finish your trip with a browse in the gift shop, and explore the World Peace Temple.


Saturday and Sunday volunteers needed – email to volunteer!






We serve vegetarian food with vegan options, please ask about food intolerances.


Locally sourced
We feel it is important to support other local businesses.



All profits go to the International Temples Project, founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practice through public service. It achieves this through building traditional and non-traditional temples, meditation and retreat centers, and through the activities in Kadampa hotels, schools, World Peace Cafés, and Tharpa publications.

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Whether stopping off for a cake and coffee, arranging a day trip to Kilnwick Percy Hall, or planning a bikers pit stop, we would be very happy to cater for you. If you would like to visit the café with a group of 6 or more people, please ring or email in advance to ensure we can fit you in and feed you!
Email the World Peace Café:


10394079_800192510065999_1709700268963711025_nVolunteer Opportunities

The success of the café depends upon the kindness of volunteers. If you have an interest in helping, please ask in the World Peace Café or

** New venue: The Priory Street Centre **

Happiness from Within
with Richard Hoyle & Chris Schofield
Sundays 10:30am-12noon
May 6, 13,  20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15

  Classes are run on a drop-in basis so you're welcome to join at any time.
£6 per class, or 4 classes for £20

Everyone is welcome!


What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre. 


A nonprofit registered charity that relies on volunteers to offer meditation and Modern Buddhism as a public service.

In York:
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory St, York, YO1 6ET
01759 304832

In Pocklington:
Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF
01759 304832