Buddhism Classes

Learn about Buddhism

Our friendly online classes cover the basics of Buddhism, how to live it day to day, and an introduction to Buddhist meditation

  • Six-week evening courses on Tuesdays: Next one starts on 6th September then 1st November
  • Weekly open session: Tools for Living – popular and informal classes most Saturday mornings at 11am. Just turn up a few minutes before – see What’s On for more info

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How to book

You need to book and pay for the six-week courses in advance please but not for the drop-in classes. Prices and booking details for each course are in What’s on. Questions? 0161 834 9232 when we’re open or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk

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Our Teachers

Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, communicating from their own experience.

Going Deeper

What next?

If you want to carry on after a Foundation course, our Buddhism Going Deeper courses cover several Buddhist themes in depth, as well as further meditation practice. Different six-week modules take place throughout the year on Tuesday evenings, usually on the same dates as the foundation courses, so you can sign up for one course after another.

Keep your eye on What’s On for the next course.

People in Lotus Hall

Going Deeper Courses

  • Vision and Transformation: The Buddha’s Eightfold Path
  • Faith and Energy in the Good: The Buddha’s Five Spiritual Faculties
  • Breaking Free: The Wheel of Life
  • The Five Great Stages: Triratna’s System of Practice
  • Triratna – A New Voice: Who are the Triratna Buddhist Community?
  • Compassion in Action: The Necessary Counterpart to Wisdom

See below for course handouts

Beyond the Courses

Moving on from the Courses

To deepen your understanding of Buddhism, and get more involved with the Centre, you might want to try:

Dharma Training

After Going Deeper, our small weekly Dharma Training groups give a thorough grounding in the Buddha’s teaching or Dharma, and Triratna’s approach, with an emphasis on putting them into practice in your life. You might hear these being referred to under their old name of study groups. During the first year, you will probably work out if practising Buddhism with Triratna is for you and you may want to commit to this by becoming a Mitra. A further three year course of Mitra Dharma Training is then available.

Joining a Dharma Training Group

Dharma Training groups usually meet on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. They are very popular and there’s sometimes a waiting list. Ask to speak to one of the Mitra Convenors to find out more, or contact us at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
Dharma training here is free, but we encourage you to join in and give to support the Centre.

Standing Buddha statue detail

Dharma Training Materials

The materials for the Triratna Dharma Training Course for Mitras are freely available on the main Triratna website. Our Centre’s library has copies of many of the books we use in Dharma training.

What is Buddhism?

We can change

The basic message of Buddhism is straightforward and practical: we can’t rely on anything to be fixed or permanent, our actions have consequences, and we can change.

One way of looking at how we can change is through Buddhism’s three-fold path of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom


We try and live our lives within the ethical guidelines that the Buddha taught –

  • Not harming anything
  • Being generous
  • Living a simple and contented life
  • Speaking truthfully
  • Living mindfully

These guidelines help us to live with a clear mind and develop positive feelings. Acting more skilfully also has a positive impact on those around us.


By meditating regularly, we develop both awareness and positive feelings. We become more mindful of our actions, thoughts and bodily sensations and can see more clearly their effect on us and others. We also become more positive towards ourselves and those around us.

Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: This is the teaching of the Buddhas

The Buddha

The Dhammapada

Buddha statue in Vajra Hall


Through these and other practices, we begin to see life as it really is – that we and everything around us are changing all the time, with many factors at play. We also see that we are deeply connected with others.

We learn that grasping after things to be how we want them to be rather than how they are, just causes us and others pain. We can change our perspective to help us feel more liberated and compassionate.

Buddhism Resources

Woman teaching at Manchester Buddhist Centre

Triratna – A New Voice: Who are the Triratna Buddhist Community?

Other Resources

You can listen to talks and led meditations on the talks page. There’s a wide range of meditation kit and introductory books in our shop and we also have a reference library.

You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way

The Buddha


Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232
Please contact us by email when we're closed

Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

• Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11am - 3pm
• Sat: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Bodywise opening times
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Charity details
Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity (registration no. 514937). More information in our entry on the Charity Commission website - search charity list on 514937

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
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