Meditation class

Meditation classes

Friendly and practical courses and taster sessions . . . read more

Man meditating

What is meditation?

Gradually, meditation can help us change our lives . . . read more

Woman teaching meditation

What we teach

Traditional Buddhist meditation practices for the modern world . . . read more

Woman meditating

Going deeper

Taking your meditation practice further . . . read more

Meditation Classes

Learn meditation – start here:

  • Six-week evening courses on Wednesdays: Meditation Foundation, or Introduction – around six courses a year. Next one starts on 2nd May then 27th June
  • One-day Saturday courses: Introduction to Meditation – every few weeks. Next is 12th May then 14th July
  • 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
  • See the boxes below for booking details, handouts and led meditations from the meditation courses

Upcoming meditation classes

Meditation: woman meditating at Manchester Buddhist Centre
Course Content

Our courses cover the essential aspects of Buddhist meditation. We focus on practice, and explore:

  • The two great stages of Buddhist meditation: calm and insight
  • How to sit in a meditation posture that will support comfort and alertness
  • Two meditation practices: the mindfulness of breathing and the cultivation of friendliness and kindness
  • MThe benefits of developing concentration and absorption
  • The benefits of developing friendliness and kindness
  • Moving from the thinking mode of mind to the sensing mode
  • How to let go of thoughts in meditation

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. You can find some of them in Who’s Who.

How to book, what to bring

Some of our courses need to be booked in advance please. You can book online or by phone with a credit or debit card, or in person with cash or card. Find booking details and prices for each course in What’s on.

Questions? 0161 834 9232 or

Do I need to bring anything?

You don’t need to bring or wear anything special. Comfortable clothing is helpful for sitting in meditation, but chairs are just as good as mats, and we have both. You might also want some socks as we take our shoes off in the meditation halls.

Course Handouts
Led Meditations

Led meditations from the six-week course

Download or click and play here

Other resources

You can listen to talks and 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.

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 meditating

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
  • Meditation Club: monthly practice sessions once you have six months experience – see calendar for dates
  • 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

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 - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
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16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ

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