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.

In Covid-19 times

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 for as long as can. These are very difficult times financially for charities though, and being so restricted in our opening times and activities since March 2020 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 – choose Donate with Card if you don’t have a PayPal account. Thank you!

Donation bowls

When we’re open, we 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 PayPal 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 PayPal donation page. Please gift aid your donation if you can.

Free ways 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.

If you shop with Amazon, please consider registering with Amazon Smile, a scheme where Amazon makes a donation to a charity of your choice, every time you buy something. Manchester Buddhist Centre is registered with this scheme. Go to and type in Manchester Buddhist Centre under the Pick your own organisation tab.

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

When we’re open 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 usually raise over £4,000 a year from the ground floor second hand books shelves, and love the books you no longer need, any subject. Also Dharma books for the library, especially from the Triratna Buddhist tradition.This is all on hold while the Centre is  not open full-time, but crafts and shrine goods may still be welcome for our regular stalls depending how things go.

Fundraising events

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 hundreds of pounds. 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 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. While we are operating at least partly online, we also have volunteers hosting many of our Zoom events. 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 are happening again after a long Covid-caused break and there’s more to do now than ever! These are a great place to start – an hour or so on Tuesday lunchtimes keeping the Centre beautiful and spending time together. A small group of Sangha members are now cleaning regularly on Tuesdays from 11.30 am to 12.30. If you can join us then just turn up at that time or email us at . Look out for monthly Saturday afternoon sessions too.

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

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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

Our audited accounts are available in our Charity Commission returns – our registration number is 514937

Dana bowl

Stan Kukalowicz Retreat Bursary Fund

Stan Kukalowicz

Stan was a much-loved member of our Sangha who sadly died in 2014.

Stan had always wanted to help those in need. He had been keen to set up a fund to help Sangha members in financial difficulty to get on retreat and also wanted to encourage our practice of generosity. Stan touched the lives of many people so a bursary fund in his name seemed a fitting tribute. The fantastic generosity of Stan’s friends and family after his death enabled us to do this and the fund is already helping the Sangha just as Stan hoped.

About the Retreat Fund

The fund is mainly to help people who couldn’t normally afford it to go on a Manchester Buddhist Centre weekend Sangha retreats – mixed, men’s or women’s. Any money left can help Sangha members otherwise unable to go to a Triratna retreat centre. If you’d like to give to the fund, you can do so via PayPal or by contacting reception.

Applying to the Fund

Who can apply?

  • Anyone who is booking onto a Manchester Sangha retreat and needs financial support to pay for the retreat
  • Mitras and Order members, for money towards a Triratna retreat centre retreat
  • Maximum is £200 per person per year

How to apply

Contact one of our Mitra Convenors: or

Photo of Stan Kukalowicz
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
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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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