How to get here
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.
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
- Two high chairs in Earth Cafe
- 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
Got a question?
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 basement café, 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 Buddhist organisations are also based in our six-storey building, along with a small residential Buddhist community.
A registered charity
- The Centre is a registered charity (registration no. 514937). More information in our entry on the Charity Commission website – search charity list on 514937
- About our finances
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:
- To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha
- To support ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and other duly ordained Buddhists at the discretion of the Council of Manchester Buddhist Centre
- 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
- 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
- Silabodhi – Chair, also responsible for safeguarding
- Mahasraddha – Treasurer
- Acharashraddha – Secretary
Our President is Arthapriya from Cambridge Buddhist Centre
And the day to day running?
- Our Chair is Silabodhi, who looks after the spiritual direction of the Centre
- Acharashraddha is the women’s Mitra convenor
- Vishangka is the men’s Mitra convenor, and also the Centre’s safeguarding officer
There are five full-time and three part-time staff:
- Chandana Centre manager
- Sundeep Grewal Programme
- Kevin Statham Reception, shop
- Vidyapala Publicity
- Moksavadini Finance
- Steven Hodson-Ridgway Maintenance, health and safety
- Sally Newby Dana project
- Sthirajyoti Administration, IT
The people listed here are all part of the Centre’s Heart Kula, developing the Centre’s work and direction. Their email addresses follow the same pattern – first name at manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
See Who’s Who for some of their pictures
Who is responsible for teaching?
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.
You can see some of our teachers in Who’s Who
About our website
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
Child Protection and Safeguarding Adults at Risk
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.
- Our Child Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour
- Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidelines (all in pdf format)
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.
Vishangka is our safeguarding officer. Contact him on MBC-SFG@protonmail.com with any queries. This address uses ProtonMail secure email.
Our Centre has a President, Arthapriya, who is based in Cambridge. 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. Arthapriya can be contacted at email@example.com
Opening Times & more
Opening Times:Centre closed until at least 20th April due to Coronavirus
Mon: 10am - 5pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri:, Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols: Usually open - see calendar for changes
Charity reg no: 514937