Buddhism class

Buddhism classes

Friendly and practical classes in Buddhism and meditation . . . read more

Lotus flower

What is Buddhism?

Ethics, meditation and wisdom can change our lives . . . read more

Buddha statue at Manchester Buddhist Centre

Going Deeper

Learning more about Buddhism . . . read more

Buddhism Classes

Learn about Buddhism – start here:

Our friendly 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: Buddhism Foundation Course, previously Level 1, around six courses a year. Next one starts on 1st May then 26th June
  • One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Buddhism – every few months. Next is on 14th April – keep an eye on What’s On for more
  • Weekly taster session: Tools for Living your Life – popular and informal classes most Saturday mornings at 11am. Just turn up a few minutes before
  • See the boxes below for booking details, handouts and led meditations
Saturday Buddhism Class

Upcoming Buddhism classes

About our Buddhism Classes

Our classes are friendly and accessible. You’ll get the chance to talk to practising Buddhists and discuss how Buddhism relates to modern life.

Our taster sessions take an aspect of the Buddha’s teachings and explore what it means for us. Our longer courses look at the Buddha’s life and search for meaning, and go on to explore wisdom and compassion, Buddhist ethics, and how meditation can help us change our lives.

Practical Meditation

You’ll receive practical instruction in two Buddhist meditations, helping you set up a regular practice.

Our Teachers

Our classes are taught by ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and by those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, who communicate from their own experience.

You can find some of them in Who’s Who

How to book, what to bring

Some of our courses need to be booked in advance please

  • Book online with credit or debit card (find the course in the calendar and click book now)
  • Phone 0161 834 9232 to pay with card
  • Call in to the Centre and pay with cash, cheque or card
  • Questions? 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk

Do I need to bring anything?

You don’t need to bring anything special. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothing though, as you’ll be sitting in meditation posture quite a bit, but you can do this on a chair just as well as on a cushion.

You might also want some socks as we take our shoes off in the meditation halls.

Course Handouts

Handouts for our courses are freely available here in printable pdf format

Buddhism Foundation Course

Introduction to Buddhism: One-day course
Led Meditations and Other Resources
Led Meditations from Padmadarshini

Download or click and play here

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.

I found the content on ethics incredibly useful and of immediate impact

Buddhism course participant

Going Deeper

What next?

If you want to learn more after a Foundation or Level 1 course, our Going Deeper or Level 2 courses cover several Buddhist themes in depth, as well as further meditation practice. It’s a rolling programme of different six-week modules, so you can sign up for one course after another.

  • Six-week evening courses: Buddhism Going Deeper – Tuesdays throughout the year. Keep your eye on What’s On for next course
Buddhism Class in Lotus Hall
About Going Deeper Courses

Going Deeper, or Level 2, goes into more depth about the Buddha’s teachings, and Triratna’s approach to practising Buddhism. You can sign up for one course after another. The courses cover:

  • 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 Journey and the Guide: Triratna’s System of Dharma Practice
  • Triratna – A New Voice: Who are the Triratna Buddhist Community?

All our courses are taught by ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and by those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, who speak from their own experience.

You can find some of them in Who’s Who

Going Deeper 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:

  • Events like Triratna Night on Mondays: Buddhism in depth, with meditation practice and Buddhist ritual. See what’s on
  • Joining a study group – see below
  • Helping out at the Centre – a great way of feeling part of things
  • Going on retreat, listening to talks, and coming to Buddhist festivals can all help deepen your practice
  • Beginning to feel you are a Buddhist, or part of our Sangha (community) is always a very personal thing and often quite gradual – there’s no pressure

Dharma Study

After Level 2 / Going Deeper, our small weekly study 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. During the first year of study, 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 Study is then available.

Study 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 used in study.

Woman studying in Manchester Buddhist Centre library
Joining a Study Group

Study groups usually meet on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. They are very popular and there’s sometimes a waiting list. Ask to speak to the men’s or women’s Mitra Convenor to find out more, or contact us at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
Studying here is free, but we encourage you to help support the Centre financially – see Giving.

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


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.

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



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Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
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16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ

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