New shop is the Lama’s Pyjamas

A new Buddhist charity shop opened in Bethnal Green last Saturday.

Lama's Pjyamas Buddhist Charity Shop

A new charity shop has opened in Bethnal Green, designed to raise money for the local Buddhist centre.

From jewellery boxes to shoes, and books to jackets, Lama’s Pyjamas relies on the donations of local people to fill its shelves, with profits going to the London Buddhist Centre, just a hundred yards away along Roman Road.

Co-founder Claudine Edwards said: “Most of the stuff comes from local people but we also get a lot through the  Centre. People have been great so far.”

“We’re very linked to the Buddhist Centre. For many people this is their first contact with Buddhism, and we love to see them moving on and having a look at the Centre as well,” she said.

Even though the shop itself has been running for six weeks, the official opening was only last Saturday. Ms Edwards said: “It was really good fun. The local community really seems enthusiastic about our shop.”

Artist Holly Berry designed a window display for the event. “We like to think of it as a sort of opportunity for the local people – we have some artists working with us already and we are very keen to see initiative from people outside of the shop,” she explained.

The London Buddhist Centre organises many different events, classes, courses and retreats.

Lama’s Pyjamas is open throughout the week from 12noon to 6pm.

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