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.

In the Northern Quarter and Online . . .

Our reception and shop on Turner Street are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am to 3pm, with meditation here at 1pm; and also on Saturdays, 10.30am to 2.30pm, with introductory Buddhism and meditation at 11. As well as in-person classes and get-togethers, we have many online events.  

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person. We take Covid precautions seriously and follow all government guidelines. We have air purifiers in both shrine rooms where classes are held, and continue to restrict numbers. Please wear a mask in all public parts of the building and do a lateral flow test before attending any event.

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

Return of the Shrine Sale

Return of the Shrine Sale

We’d love your donations of singing bowls, Buddhas, candles, incense, malas and more please for a shrine sale next month

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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

Tools for Living your Life: The Journey and the Guide

Sat 22nd Jan : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Weekly practical introduction to Buddhism and meditation. All welcome any Saturday - newcomers, retu...

Sunday Puja Group

Sun 23rd Jan : 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
10:30 am
A fortnightly morning of devotion and ceremony. Open to anybody interested in and inspired by Buddhi...

Young Buddhists Group: Checkin

Mon 24th Jan : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
A community for anyone aged 18-30. We gather together to talk about life, meditation and Buddhist pr...

Highlights

Tools for Living your Life: The Journey and the Guide

Light path in snowy mountains
Sat 22nd Jan : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Sat 26th Feb, 2022

11:00 am

Sunday Puja Group

Candle
Sun 23rd Jan : 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

10:30 am

Young Buddhists Group: Checkin

Checkin
Mon 24th Jan : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm

Meditation Classes

Meditation Night Online with Padmadasa

Mon 24th Jan : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
Weekly session for anyone with experience of the two meditation practices we teach here - Metta Bhav...

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

Tue 25th Jan : 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 26th Jan : 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

Aspen grove against dark sky
Mon 24th Jan : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

LadySmiling
Tue 25th Jan : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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Tuesdays, Thursdays
1:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

LadySmiling
Wed 26th Jan : 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. Some events, classes and activities are online, 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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