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 open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am to 3pm, with meditation here at 1pm; and 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturdays, with introductory Buddhism and meditation at 11. We’ll be here on a few Sundays from 28th November too, then mostly closed the last week of December. We’re starting to hold more in-person classes and get-togethers here, but some of our events and classes are online for now, so do join us there too. If you’re coming to the Centre, please also read our advice on visiting the Centre in person. We take Covid precautions seriously, have air filters in both shrine rooms where classes are held, and keep a close eye on new developments and requirements.

Please check Bodywise’s website to keep up to date with their changing arrangements for therapies, yoga and movement classes, online and here on our second floor.

Challenging Times

We are still committed to sharing our teachings and practices 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, as things are changing fast.

What’s New

Books are Us

Books are Us

We love being part of the local reading and browsing community, and have some great new and second hand books here

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What’s On

Highlights

Young Buddhists Day Retreat: Entering the Greater Mandala

Sun 28th Nov : 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am
A day retreat for anybody aged 18-30 exploring a practical yet radical Buddhist teaching through dis...

Sunday Opening Today, 11 am – 3 pm

Sun 28th Nov : 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am
Our friendly and welcoming book and gift shop and general reception are open on a few Sundays in the...

Sound of our Soul Concert

Mon 29th Nov : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
An evening of music and culture as our friends Olivia Moore and Kirsty Almeida perform in our shrine...

Highlights

Young Buddhists Day Retreat: Entering the Greater Mandala

Circular dome seen from above
Sun 28th Nov : 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am

Sunday Opening Today, 11 am – 3 pm

Lamps and Wrapping Paper in Shop
Sun 28th Nov : 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun 19th Dec, 2021

11:00 am

Sound of our Soul Concert

Two women with instruments
Mon 29th Nov : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm

Meditation Classes

Meditation Night Online with Padmadasa

Mon 29th Nov : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
Weekly online session for anyone with experience of the two meditation practices we teach here - Met...

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

Tue 30th Nov : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Meditation class to develop mindfulness and positivity. Everyone welcome, £5/£3, just turn up in g...

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

Wed 1st Dec : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm
Meditation class to develop mindfulness and positivity. Everyone welcome, £5/£3, just turn up in g...

Meditation Classes

Meditation Night Online with Padmadasa

Geese Flying
Mon 29th Nov : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

LadySmiling
Tue 30th Nov : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Tuesdays, Thursdays
1:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

LadySmiling
Wed 1st Dec : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Tuesdays, Thursdays
1:00 pm

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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.

Since the start of the pandemic, visiting the Centre has become more complicated, and opening times change frequently too. See Visiting the Centre for the latest information.

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.

These are still difficult times for us. Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income and we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here – choose Donate with Card if you don’t have a PayPal account. Thank you!

Not by hatred are hatreds ever pacified here (in the world). They are pacified by love. This is the eternal law.

The Buddha

The Dhammapada

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
0161 834 9232
Please contact us by email when we’re 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's reception and shop are open 11am - 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10.30am - 2.30pm on Saturdays, with a few Sundays at the end of the year too. Mostly closed last week in December though. Some events, classes and activities are online for now, so do join us there too. Join our mailing list to stay up to date, or keep an eye on our news page and social media. Please check Bodywise's website for their separate opening arrangements. Charity reg no: 514937

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