Online and Opening Up!

We moved many of our activities online in March, but we’re now open for a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays too and are trying out some events here at the Centre again. As a place of worship we are current able to remain open and are confident we are Covid-secure.

We are committed to continuing to share our teachings and practices whether online or off during this challenging 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 check Bodywise’s website to keep up to date with their changing arrangements.

Please keep supporting 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!

What’s On


Open 11 am – 3 pm Today

Thu 29th Oct : 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am
As a Covid-secure place of worship, the Centre is currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most but...

Eight Step Recovery Online

Fri 30th Oct : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Using the Buddha's teachings on the path of recovery: weekly online Eight Step meeting for anyone in...

Sangha Evening: Remembering Sangharakshita

Fri 30th Oct : 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
7:00 pm
Centre regulars get together to remember our teacher Sangharakshita. No need to book, just turn up a...

Meditation Classes 

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Wed 28th Oct : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars, just turn up. You can also ...

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Thu 29th Oct : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars, just turn up. You can also ...

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Fri 30th Oct : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars, just turn up. You can also ...

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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 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

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 mostly closed

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:

The Centre is still mostly closed due to Coronavirus, but reception and shop are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 3 pm. Most events are online, so do join us there!
Charity reg no: 514937

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