We’ve gone completely online for the time being

The Coronavirus outbreak means Manchester Buddhist Centre is closed for the time being. We are committed to continuing to share our teachings and practices during this challenging period and some of our classes, courses and other events are now available online through Zoom. Please check the website frequently and join our mailing list by clicking the button below to stay up to date with new online events, and changes to events already planned before the closure.

Please continue to support 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 but not much of our costs: 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!

Online Events

We share this feeling of joy and gratefulness towards this course that allowed us to change perspective on many many things on many many levels in these difficult times

Beatrice and Giulia

Attendees on our Living with Awareness and Kindness: Online six-week Meditation Course, March 2020

Online Courses 

Finding Freedom in Difficult Times: Online Buddhism Six-week Course starts

Tue 7th Jul : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
Learn about the Buddha’s message and meditation practices to develop mindfulness and positivity. A...

Buddhism: Online Six-week Going Deeper Course starts

Tue 7th Jul : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
Learn more about the Buddha's teachings, with further meditation practice and time for discussion. B...

Living with Awareness and Kindness: Online Six-week Meditation Course starts

Wed 8th Jul : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
Learn Buddhist meditation techniques to develop mindfulness and positivity. Booking essential. £90,...

Other Online Events

How to go Deeper in Meditation: Exploring Direct Experience

Mon 1st Jun : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
A weekly evening to help people go deeper in meditation. Suitable for anyone familiar with at least ...

Online Talk from Taravandana: The Four Samgrahavastus – Loving Speech

Fri 5th Jun : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
Continuing our popular Friday night talks, Taravandana introduces the Four Samgrahavastus, the means...

Tools for Living: How we can Change

Sat 6th Jun : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am
Weekly online practical introduction to Buddhism and meditation - how can we change our lives? All w...

Online Meditation and Bodywork Classes 

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Meditation Class

Mon 1st Jun : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Meditation Class

Tue 2nd Jun : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
Online meditation class on Zoom. Everyone welcome, newbies and regulars

Online Bodywork with Padmadarshini

Wed 3rd Jun : 9:30 am - 10:30 am
9:30 am
Weekly session of gentle movement practices on Zoom from Padmadarshini. Everyone welcome

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Thoughts from the Frontline

Thoughts from the Frontline

Prasadu reflects on being a frontline worker during the COVID-19 crisis and how his Buddhist practice has helped him cope with the pressures. May 2020

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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 it’s safest to ring 0161 834 9232 first to check availability.

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



Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

Centre currently closed due to Coronavirus, join us online!
Mon: 10am - 5pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri:, Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols: Usually open - see calendar for changes
Charity reg no: 514937

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