Community and Connection in a Changing World
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 can offer your life.
Everything’s online for the time being
The Centre is closed to the public at the moment, and all in-person classes and activities are suspended. We hope to resume face-to-face activities when it is safe and in line with government restrictions. More about the closure and about our online events and classes. Please check Bodywise’s website to keep up to date with their changing arrangements for therapies, yoga and movement classes.
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.
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!
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Our popular Kula Crafts stall is online this year, with gorgeous hand made goods once again raising funds for the Centre
At a difficult time, there may still be some quick and easy ways to support the Centre – let’s all do what we can!
A message of gratitude for our community’s generosity in raising money to thank Patricia and the team for all of their hard work.
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.
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