Meditation Classes

Learn Meditation

We offer a range of friendly, practical courses and taster sessions in Buddhist meditation:

  • Six-week Meditation Foundation evening courses on Wednesdays – around six courses a year. Next one starts on 9th January, then 6th March
  • One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Meditation – every few weeks. Next is 12th January, then 9th February
  • Daily lunchtime classes: A Taste of Meditation – Monday to Friday 1 – 2pm, no need to book. Popular and informal – a good place to start
  • Tuesday to Thursday tea-time classes – every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5.45 – 6.45pm. Same as lunchtimes, no need to book
  • Another option – meditation is also included in our Tools for Living your Life Buddhism classes most Saturdays, 11am – 1pm. No need to book

Upcoming Meditation Classes

Our Teachers

Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and those preparing for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, communicating from their own experience.

See below for course handouts and led meditations

Meditation: woman meditating at Manchester Buddhist Centre

How to book

You need to book and pay for the six-week and one-day courses in advance please – online, by phone or in person. Prices and booking details for each course are in What’s on. Questions? 0161 834 9232 or

What is Meditation?

Meditation can transform our Lives

Many things in life are beyond our control, but we can take responsibility for our own states of mind and change them for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It can help us develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, such experiences can have a transformative effect and lead to a new understanding of life.

In our introductory classes we teach two traditional Buddhist meditations:

  • Mindfulness of breathing to develop awareness
  • Loving-kindness meditation or Metta Bhavana for positivity
Man meditating

Two Traditional Meditation Practices

Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation

This practice helps us become calmer, more centred and concentrated, taking the breath as the object of attention and noticing it coming and going in a relaxed, open way. Settling the attention on the breath lets our mind quieten down and awareness deepen.

The mindfulness that develops from this helps us to keep a continuous flow of attention to what is happening in each moment.

Mindfulness is body and mind fully engaged in a state of clarity and positivity that saturates and colours the whole of our experience


Loving-Kindness Meditation

Traditionally called the Metta Bhavana, this meditation practice helps us to develop a gentle transformation in our emotional life. Through wishing ourselves and others happiness and well-being, we can become more emotionally positive, kind, and compassionate.

You are deeply concerned for their well-being, happiness, and prosperity…When you feel this loving-kindness you want them to be not just happy but deeply happy; you have a strong desire for their true welfare, growth and progress


Woman teaching meditation

Going Deeper

Deepen your Experience of Meditation

After you’ve done some taster classes and an introductory meditation course, you may want to take your meditation practice to deeper levels. You can:

  • Take a Buddhism course and put meditation in context. Learn about how ethical living can support our meditation
  • Weekend meditation events: local and visiting teachers lead workshops at weekends from time to time, to help deepen our practice and answer questions that arise from it
  • Retreats: an ideal way of going deeper with your meditation with more silence and space
  • Use the meditation halls: drop in and meditate during the week. One of the rooms is usually available, although it’s safest to check first with reception

Friendly, experienced, intelligent facilitators provide clear, interactive teaching interspersed with practical instruction of high quality. Since starting my first course I have noticed definite positive changes in several areas of my life

Photo of men and women meditating

Meditation Resources

Other Meditation Resources

You can listen to talks and more 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.

Meditate – do not delay, lest you later regret it

The Buddha

Sallekha Sutta

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

Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

Mon: 10am - 6pm
Tues - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar - closed 25 Dec - 1 Jan
Charity reg no: 514937

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