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’re starting to hold more in-person classes and get-togethers here, but many of our events and classes are online for now, so do join us there too. 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

Making Local Connections

Making Local Connections

Suryashraddha recently held a Buddhist “service” for the small, friendly congregation at St Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range

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What’s On

Highlights

Eight Step Recovery Online

Fri 17th Sep : 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...

The Play of Now – Distance and Connectedness

Sat 18th Sep : 10:30 am - Sun 19th Sep : 4:30 pm
10:30 am
Non-residential weekend of embodied meditation with Jayachitta. Booking essential, £90, £60, £25 ...

Tools for Living: Life with Full Attention

Sat 18th Sep : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Weekly practical introduction to Buddhism and meditation. All welcome - newcomers, returners, regula...

Highlights

Eight Step Recovery Online

Eight Step Recovery by Valerie Mason-John and Paramabandhu Groves
Fri 17th Sep : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, repeating indefinitely

5:30 pm

The Play of Now – Distance and Connectedness

Jayachitta
Sat 18th Sep : 10:30 am - Sun 19th Sep : 4:30 pm
10:30 am

Tools for Living: Life with Full Attention

Painting of Lilacs by Manet
Sat 18th Sep : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am

Meditation Classes

Going Deeper in Meditation Online with Kulajalini

Mon 20th Sep : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
Weekly online session for anyone with at least six months experience of the two meditation practices...

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

Tue 21st Sep : 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 22nd Sep : 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

Going Deeper in Meditation Online with Kulajalini

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Mon 20th Sep : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

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Tue 21st Sep : 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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Tuesdays, Thursdays
1:00 pm

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

LadySmiling
Wed 22nd Sep : 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.

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!

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 10.30 - 2.30 on Saturdays. Many 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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