Connection and Community in Changing Times
Buddhism and Meditation in our Lives
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 you.
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 on Saturdays from 10.30am to 2.30pm, with introductory Buddhism and meditation session, Tools for Living, at 11. We have many other classes and events, and Bodywise offers therapies, yoga and movement classes on our second floor.
Focussing on friendship and the positives neurodiverse individuals can offer December 2023
Video update on plans for our community’s future location – conversations with Sangha members are at the heart
Vidyapala draws on various Pali suttas, and the Buddha’s own life, to suggest ways we might move from suffering to faith June 2023
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
Our Centre and Community
We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by Sangharakshita in 1967. Our first Centre 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.
Visiting our Beautiful Building
Once a derelict Victorian cotton warehouse, our building is now a place of simplicity and beauty, where visitors are very welcome.
A Worldwide Movement
Triratna is a worldwide movement of people doing our best to engage with the Buddha’s teachings in the conditions of the modern world. This has not always been straightforward and mistakes have been made, followed by extensive work to learn from them and to prevent any repetition. Read more in the Triratna Story (free eBook) and do contact us with any questions and concerns.
Please Support our Work
Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity (registration number 514937), with no outside funding. It is run by a small team of paid members of our Buddhist community, or Sangha, along with many volunteers.
We deeply appreciate donations to support the Centre. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.
Not by hatred are hatreds ever pacified here (in the world). They are pacified by love. This is the eternal law.