We’ve gone completely online for the time being

The Coronavirus outbreak means Manchester Buddhist Centre has been closed since March, with a partial re-opening planned for 1st September. We are committed to continuing to share our teachings and practices online during this challenging period. Please check the website frequently and join our mailing list by clicking the button below to stay up to date with new online events and news on reopening.

Please continue to support our work 

Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity (registration number 514937), run by a small team of paid members of our Buddhist community, or Sangha, along with many volunteers.

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being closed means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So, if you value our Centre and community, please think about what you can give, either as a one-off or, even better, a monthly donation. Just press the button below to help us to continue our work. Thank you!

Online Events

Online Events

Music and Nature: Rivers, Seas and Storms

Thu 16th Jul : 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
A free online course exploring the connection between music and nature. Booking is essential. Everyo...

Young Buddhists Group Online

Fri 17th Jul : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
7:30 pm
Friendly group for over-eighteens to mid-thirties who know the two meditation practices taught here ...

Tools for Living: How we can Change

Sat 18th Jul : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Weekly online practical introduction to Buddhism and meditation - how can we change our lives? All w...

Online Meditation Classes 

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Tue 14th Jul : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars. Also on YouTube on Thursday...

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Wed 15th Jul : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars. Also on YouTube on Thursday...

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Thu 16th Jul : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars. Also on YouTube on Thursday...

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News and Blog

Kalyana Mitra Ceremony

Kalyana Mitra Ceremony

Gill Parry recently had her Kalyana Mitra Ceremony with Shakyajata and Prasadu – celebrating and marking a life long commitment to being spiritual friends. July 2020

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Flame On!

Flame On!

Aparajita explores the second two of the Four Samgrahavastus – beneficial activity and exemplification – at our Online Sangha Retreat June 2020

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Our Centre

Manchester Buddhist Centre

Our Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by Sangharakshita in 1967. We opened in 1977, moving to our present home in the Northern Quarter in 1996.

We take our inspiration from the Buddha and how he transformed himself. We believe that is possible for us all. We have a clear path of training to help people deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism and we value the importance of friendship to help us deepen our practice. It’s also important to us to reach out to the people of Manchester, and help with social and environmental issues. We encourage a vibrant culture of imaginative, artistic and creative exploration.

Front of Manchester Buddhist Centre

Visiting our Beautiful Building

Once a derelict Victorian cotton warehouse, our building is now a place of simplicity and beauty..

We welcome visitors whenever we are open, or contact us to arrange a visit from your school or college. One of our meditation halls is usually available for personal meditation or just quiet sitting, but it’s safest to ring 0161 834 9232 first to check availability.

Our first floor shrine rooms are sacred space to us,. and you are very welcome to visit them when they are not in use. Please take off your shoes, remain quiet and don’t bring food or drink in.

Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable law

The Buddha

The Dhammapada

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232
Please contact us by email while we’re closed as we can’t answer the phone. Hoping to partially re-open on 1st September
Charity details

A registered charity

  • The Centre is a registered charity (registration no. 514937). More information in our entry on the Charity Commission website – search charity list on 514937
  • About our finances

Aiming to be environmentally sustainable

The Centre is continually working towards becoming an ethical and environmentally sustainable place in the heart of Manchester. We seek to encourage and support vegetarianism and veganism, fair trade and a low carbon footprint.

The Centre was awarded the status of Fairtrade Temple in July 2015.

Mission statement from our charity registration

The advancement of the Buddhist religion, in particular:

  1. To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha
  2. To support ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and other duly ordained Buddhists at the discretion of the Council of Manchester Buddhist Centre
  3. To maintain close communication with, and work under the guidance of, the Triratna Buddhist Order and in co-operation with other groups with the same objects
  4. To use applications of the Buddha’s teaching to promote the health and well-being of all
Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

Centre currently closed due to Coronavirus, join us online! Partial reopening planned for 1st September, Usual hours are:
Mon: 10am - 5pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri:, Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols: Usually open - see calendar for changes
Charity reg no: 514937

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