Connection and Community in Changing Times
The basic message of Buddhism is straightforward and practical: we can’t rely on anything to be fixed or permanent, our actions have consequences, we can change and grow into our limitless potential. Friendship is central to our practice, and together we follow a path of ethics, meditation and wisdom. We’re available to everyone, whether you see yourself as a Buddhist or are just interested in what Buddhism and meditation can offer your life.
Opening up . . .
Our reception and shop are now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 3pm and other activities will be reviewed as government guidelines evolve over the next few weeks. Our events and classes are online for now, so do join us there. Please check Bodywise’s website to keep up to date with their changing arrangements for therapies, yoga and movement classes, usually found here on our second floor, and Four Side Vegan Pizza’s Instagram for delicious deliveries and collections from our basement café.
We are committed to continuing to share our teachings and practices during this challenging and changeable period. Please check back here frequently and join our mailing list from the button below to stay up to date with all our news and events.
Tom Llewellyn explains how the MBC Sangha Facebook group came about and how it’s helping our spiritual connections: March 2021
Acharashraddha says a heartfelt thank you as she leaves her role as Mitra Convenor, but not the Sangha. March 2021
At her final women’s gathering as Mitra Convenor, Acharashraddha invites us to reflect on what helps us to grow. January 2021
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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.
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 everything’s been different since the coronavirus epidemic so please keep an eye on our 2020 opening arrangements.
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.
Please Keep Supporting our Work
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!
Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable law
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:
- To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha
- To support ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and other duly ordained Buddhists at the discretion of the Council of Manchester Buddhist Centre
- 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
- To use applications of the Buddha’s teaching to promote the health and well-being of all
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