Join in and Give

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

As a charity (registration no. 514937), we rely on the generosity of everyone who values the Centre to keep our doors and activities open to as many people as possible. We can all give in many different ways.

While we’re mostly online due to Covid-19

We believe the Buddha’s teachings around interconnectedness and compassion are more relevant than ever in these uncertain times, when we all need to share love and support even more. We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times financially for charities though, and being closed means we have lost much of our income but not much of our costs. So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here if you can. Thank you!

Donation bowls

We always welcome cash donations in the Centre’s donation bowls. Or you can make a card donation by telephone or at reception.

Monthly donations

Regular monthly donations are particularly helpful as they enable us to budget effectively. No amount is too big or too small and if you are a UK tax payer you can gift aid your donation, whether online or off. You can set payments up online through our Virgin Money regular giving page, or use a standing order form – print a copy here or get one at the Centre, and please pass the completed form direct to us, not your bank.

You can also arrange it direct through your bank – please mail for our details.

One-off online giving

We’re also grateful for one-off donations through our Virgin Money single donation page. Please gift aid your donation if you can.

Dana bowl

A free way to help

Set up a free account with Give as you Live and each time you shop online, a donation goes directly to the Centre at no cost to you or us.

Leaving a gift in your will

If you are thinking about making a will, please consider including a bequest to the Centre. Satyadasa offers a will-writing service for UK members and friends of the Triratna Buddhist Community, and his website has useful information on why and how to make a will: Greengate Wills

Give things as well as money

We always need fair-trade tea bags, soya milk, loo rolls, heavy duty bin bags and so on. Helps keep our bills down, and drinks freely available to visitors.

We raise over £4,000 a year from the ground floor second hand books shelves, and we’d love the books you no longer need, any subject! Crafts and shrine goods welcome for regular stalls too, also Dharma books for the library, especially from the Triratna Buddhist tradition.

Fundraising events

Join in with fundraising for the Centre through our Virgin Money Giving pages. Take part in an event yourself, organise one or sponsor others.

A great group of walkers completed last year’s Three Peaks National, and the crafters work through the year for December’s stall, bringing in £1,000 in 2019. Read Sal’s account of our latest skills auction too. Get in touch if you are ready to organise another sociable event. Or you could copy one of our friends who just raised £200 by asking for donations to the Centre for her birthday!
Thank You!

Sharing our time and skills

Working together

The Centre depends on a lot of us giving our time and energy freely. If you are a regular at the Centre, and have completed some Buddhism courses here, or often come to Saturday’s Tools for Living your Life, let us know if you’d like to join us.

We need people to join in with cleaning, decorating and making events go smoothly, and sometimes to take on specific skilled tasks. It’s a chance to be at the heart of things, make friends and know that our actions make a difference to hundreds of people every week. Some of us do regular slots, others just now and then.


Cleaning together

Clean-up Tuesdays used to be a great place to start – an hour on Tuesday lunchtimes keeping the Centre beautiful and spending time together. These sessions haven’t been happening while the Centre’s been closed though. They may resume as the Centre partly reopens but not immediately. We’re still looking at how best to work together in a fast –  changing situation.

It was great working as a team with other members of our Sangha who I had never met before or just knew by face. It makes me feel that I am part of the Centre and not just a visitor

Man cleaning in bookshop

Interested in volunteering?

Please contact Chandana on 0161 834 9232 or

Our Centre was built on Generosity

Through our own Efforts

In the 1990s a committed group of men and women, mostly working for free, transformed a run down Victorian warehouse into a beautiful jewel. Since then, hundreds more have given time, skills and money to help the Centre communicate Buddhist teachings and meditation to thousands of people. Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity with no outside funding or wealthy benefactors.

Continuing Generosity

We get some income from courses, events, room hire and rents from others in the building, but these don’t cover all our costs. We rely on the generosity of our Sangha, visitors and supporters to join us in keeping the Centre and its activities alive and growing.

Working on the Centre
One step on Buddhism’s eightfold path is right or skilful action, which encourages us to develop and express compassion and kindness for the welfare of all living beings and for our world

Cleaning Buddha Statue

Generosity in the Wider World

Compassion, generosity and the importance of connections between us are central to the practice of Buddhism and many of our community give time and money to international causes, such as Karuna or work with local charities or in chaplaincy.

Combining a spiritual practice with action for change in the wider world has become known as socially engaged Buddhism. and this is our focus in Buddhist Action Month every June.

About our Finances

Our income and spending

Here are the details for 2019, the latest twelve month period we have figures for, with short summaries in the boxes:

Where does the Buddhist Centre's Money come from?

Income 2018 (2019’s figures to follow)

  • Bookshop sales – £62,751
  • Classes and events – £67,325
  • Room hire – £8,889
  • Donations including gift aid – £86,711
  • Rental income (right livelihood businesses) – £47,425
  • Rental income (spiritual communities) – £62,157
  • Investments – £51
  • Total income – £335,258
Where does the Money go?

Expenditure 2018 (2019’s figures to follow)

  • Staff costs – £182,203
  • Bookshop stock & expenses – £40,289
  • Services / Utilities – £43,602
  • Maintenance / H & S – £15,975
  • Loans / mortgages / interest – £3,429
  • Administration – £15,360
  • Depreciation – £20,508
  • Governance costs – £5,202
  • Other costs – £31,082
  • Total expenditure – £357,650
In a sense, giving is the basic Buddhist virtue without which you can hardly call yourself a Buddhist. It consists not so much in the act of giving as in the feeling of wanting to give, of wanting to share what you have with other people. This feeling of wanting to give or share is often the first manifestation of the spiritual life.

Founder of Triratna

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232

Please note that whilst the Centre is closed, we are not answering phone calls. Please email us instead.

Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

The Centre is still mostly closed due to Coronavirus, but reception and shop are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 3 pm. Most events are online, so do join us there!
Charity reg no: 514937

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