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Contact Manchester Buddhist Centre

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

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In the Northern Quarter

We are located in Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter, among many cafés, independent shops, the Craft Centre, Chinese Arts Centre and some beautifully preserved historic architecture, alongside increasing problems of homelessness and drug use.

Opening Times:

• Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 3pm
• Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Transport to Turner Street
  • Victoria and Piccadilly train stations, are nearby, or take the tram from the station to Shudehill
  • Shudehill and Market Street tram stops are nearby too – follow the tram lines to Turner Street!
  • Piccadilly and Shudehill bus stations also very close
  • Parking – High Street (Arndale) NCP carpark, Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY, 0845 050 7080. 24 hours / 7 days
  • Church Street NCP car park, M4 1LX, 0845 050 7080. 6am – 10pm / 7 days
  • There are several disabled people’s parking bays on and near Turner Street
  • Please consider cycling, using public transport or car sharing
  • There are bike racks at the corner of High Street and Turner Street
  • Look out for the square white Buddhist Centre sign above the pavement if you’re lost

We welcome visitors with disabilities. We have:

  • Lift to all public floors
  • Disabled-friendly toilet on the ground floor – all our toilets are in separate, self-contained little rooms, domestic-style
  • Loop systems for hearing aid users in both halls
  • However there are six steps up with handrails on both sides to the main entrance

We are committed to complete accessibility for disabled people by making the main entrance wheelchair-accessible through installing an external pavement lift – it cannot be done by ramps. Although we raised a substantial sum for this in 2016, the work required then became more complex and we have been unable to reach the £75,000 total cost, so unfortunately this work is currently on hold.

If you are attending a course or event, please email us with any medical needs that you think we should be aware of, to make your experience as enjoyable as we can. We are used to helping people with difficulties or disabilities to find a meditation posture that works for them, whether on cushions, mats or chairs.

Parents, babies, children
  • Baby changing facilities in the ground floor toilet
  • Use the ground floor kitchen to heat food and feed your baby
  • Buggy access as above. We will help if we can
  • Young people and teens are welcome at our classes
  • Children are welcome to attend many of our events if accompanied by an adult. Young attention spans may struggle with lengthy periods of meditation though, so please contact us in advance if you are concerned about suitability
  • Read our Child Protection Policy – pdf format

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Visiting the Centre and our History

Our Beautiful Building

Our Centre retains many historical features from its origin as a Victorian cotton warehouse and uses many recycled materials. The conversion, mainly done by volunteers, became a symbol for transformation, as the fabric was stripped back and made anew. Warm earthy brick, plain wood, great expanses of glass, and slender iron pillars and beams now run through all six storeys, pervading the shrine rooms, yoga studio, social and working areas, even the staircases with the spirit of our practice.

About the Centre

Manchester Buddhist Centre

The Centre is a registered charity, run by a small team of paid members of our Buddhist community, or Sangha, along with many volunteers. Several other separately-run organisations, mostly Buddhist, are also based in our six-storey building, along with a small residential Buddhist community.

We are part of the Triratna Buddhist tradition, a member of the Network of Buddhist Organisations and an active partner in the Greater  Manchester Buddhist Convention. We welcome Buddhists of all traditions to our Centre, along with all members of the community.

Mary, Chandana, Sanghadara at Buddhist Centre
This building’s not just ours, it is part of the history of Manchester

Charity details

A registered charity

Aiming to be environmentally sustainable

The Centre is continually working towards becoming an ethical and environmentally sustainable place in the heart of Manchester. We seek to encourage and support vegetarianism and veganism, fair trade and a low carbon footprint.

The Centre was awarded the status of Fairtrade Temple in July 2015.

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
Who runs the Centre?

Our Trustees are legally responsible for the running of the Buddhist Centre and its courses. The Chair is responsible for the Centre’s spiritual direction and integrity. The Centre Team, other employees and the Centre’s teachers put the Board of Trustees’ vision into practice.

We also have a President – a senior Order Member from outside the local situation, who can hold an objective and long-term perspective.

See Who’s Who for pictures

Board of Trustees

  • Lokeshvara – Chair
  • Aryaraksita – Secretary
  • Lilasuri – Treasurer
  • Vishangka – Responsible for safeguarding
  • Aparajita
  • Suryaka
  • Upekshapriya
  • Sanghadhara

We are in the process of appointing a new President as Lokeshvara, who previously held the position. became our Chair in summer 2024.

And the day to day running?
  • Our Chair is Silabodhi, who looks after the spiritual direction of the Centre
  • Suryaka iand Vishangka are the Mitra convenors

Centre Team

We have a team of part-time staff:

  • Louise: Programme Manager
  • Buddhasamagama: Finance Manager
  • Sthirajyoti: Administration, IT, Health and Safety, Safeguarding
  • Paranayaka: Building Maintenance
  • Candradipa: Publicity and Communications

The people listed here are all part of the Centre’s Heart Kula, developing the Centre’s work and direction.

See Who’s Who for some of their pictures

What about the teachers?

Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and those training for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, who teach in a friendly, informal way and communicate from their own experience. The Red Lotus Kula is responsible for the overall direction of teaching and events.

Trustees' Meetings

Minutes from the last three months, all in pdf format

About our website
We welcome feedback on our website. Please let us know if you find any mistakes, problems or accessibility issues.

Thank you

A big thank you to all who have worked on this site over the years – you know who you are!

Ethical Policies, Guidelines and Safeguarding

Our ethical practice is central to the work we do and we are committed to working within the Triratna Buddhist Community’s Model Ethical Guidelines (pdf format), our own Health and Safety Policy, Complaints Policy and Procedure, and Privacy Policy. You can also read more generally about safeguarding in Triratna.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Adults

The trustees of the Manchester Buddhist Centre also recognise their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all who visit or are involved in Manchester Buddhist Centre activities.

The Triratna Buddhist Community has not been without its difficulties over the past fifty years. We are constantly learning from past mistakes and striving for best practice.

Who to contact?

Vishangka is our safeguarding officer. Safeguarding is action taken to promote the welfare of children and adults and protect them from harm. If you feel at risk of harm, or think somebody else might be, contact him on MBC-SFG@protonmail.com with any queries. This address uses ProtonMail secure email.

If you have broader concerns

Triratna has a safeguarding team independent of our Centre – you can contact them at safeguarding@triratna.community. Our Centre also has a President, Lokeshvara, who is based in Ipswich. His principal responsibility is for the ethical and spiritual welfare of our Centre. He can also act as a mediator if there is a significant conflict, or intervene if there are concerns about serious breaches of ethical behaviour in our Sangha. While Vishangka is the person to go to in the first instance of any concern, if you have any broader ethical concerns, Lokeshvara can also be contacted on lokeshvara1@gmail.com

Charity Details

A registered charity

The Centre was awarded the status of Fairtrade Temple in July 2015.

Aiming to be environmentally sustainable

The Centre is continually working towards becoming an ethical and environmentally sustainable place in the heart of Manchester. We seek to encourage and support vegetarianism and veganism, fair trade and a low carbon footprint.

Radiate boundless love towards the entire world – above, below, and across – unhindered, without ill will, without enmity
The Buddha

Metta Sutta

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232
• Please contact us by email when we're closed
• Charity registration no. 514937
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Opening Times:

• Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 3pm
• Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Bodywise opening
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