Sangha Day Festival

Join us as we come together to mark and celebrate the Sangha jewel in our lives.

We’re not sure whether this event will be taking place in-person, online or a combination of the two. We’ll keep this page up to date with any changes, including to the times of the event, which are provisional at the moment.

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Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual. No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start.


Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as we can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed means we have lost much of our income but not much of our costs: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please make a regular or one-off donation here. The usual rates for these classes are

Dr Ambedkar Festival

Join us for our annual Dr Ambedkar Festival, where we learn, explore and celebrate the pioneering Indian social reformer who was such an inspiration to our founding teacher, Sangharakshita.

We’re not sure whether this event will be taking place in-person, online or a combination of the two. We’ll keep this page up to date with any changes, including to the times of the event, which are provisional at the moment.

Read more about Dr Ambedkar and his influence on Sangharakshita
More about festivals and ritual


Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as we can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed for so long means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.

Padmasambhava Festival Online

Join us for an evening celebrating and learning about the Lotus-born Guru, Padmasambhava.

Padmasambhava is an important figure in the Buddhist tradition and in the Triratna Buddhist Community. He stands at the mysterious crossroads where history and myth meet and his “Life” transcends space and time. He is especially associated with being able to help us transform demon energies into spiritual qualities. He shape-shifts and fascinates us to go beyond ourselves into unimagined realms.

We’re not sure whether this event will be taking place in-person, online or a combination of the two. We’ll keep this page up to date with any changes, including to the times of the event, which are provisional at the moment.

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual


Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as we can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed for so long means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.

Dharma Day Festival

At one of our four main festivals of the year, we express gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching and the impact it has had on our lives.

We’re not sure whether this event will be taking place in-person, online or a combination of the two. We’ll keep this page up to date with any changes, including to the times of the event, which are provisional at the moment.

More about festivals and ritual


Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as we can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed for so long means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.

Buddha Day Festival, Online

Our Buddha Day Festival celebrates the Buddha’s Enlightenment and gives thanks for the extraordinary example of his life and teaching.

Celebrated around the world on the full moon (Wesak), our Buddha Day Festival this year will begin with a highly significant event – the Public Ordination of Barrie Stanhope, broadcast live from our beautiful Lotus Hall shrine room.

During this ceremony, Barrie will commit the rest of his life to the Buddhist Path and the Triratna Buddhist Order. These ceremonies are always very moving and beautiful, so do tune in!

What the Buddha means to me

In the afternoon, we will focus on our own heartfelt relationship with the Buddha and his many qualities. Come join us to listen to members of our community talk about What the Buddha means to me, for devotion and ritual, and to be inspired on this Buddhist path that we share and journey alongside each other on.

More about Buddhist festivals and ritual


Who is the event for?

Suitable for anyone who has experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and is open to Buddhist ritual.

Programme

11pm: Public Ordination of Barrie Stanhope
2pm: Welcomes, Reflective meditation on the Qualities of the Buddha
2.45 What the Buddha means to me
4pm: Puja / Ritual
4.30: Close

Join this event through the Zoom App

Getting the most out of Zoom
• Our online events are friendly and participative, often with opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. Do turn your camera and microphone on if you can!
• If a session doesn't start on time, please give it a few minutes, there may be a sudden problem at our end
Meeting ID: 988 0190 1728. The passcode is Buddha
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Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as we can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed for so long means we have lost much of our income: we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here.

Earth Day Meditation Online: Three Jewels One World

Manchester Buddhist Centre, as one of many Triratna Buddhist Centres around the world, is inviting its community of practitioners to a worldwide event hosted by The Buddhist Centre Online. Let’s all consider adding Manchester to our profile names when we join in, to see and connect with others from our local Sangha in this international event. Do join us even if you are quite new to our community.

This day marks the start of a coming together of everyone in the Triratna Buddhist Community whose concern for the environment is an intrinsic part of their Dharma practice. We will be gathering online for a period of meditation, sitting in solidarity with this beautiful fleeting world.


Programme

There are three separate Zoom events through the day. All times are for Uk and Ireland – see The Buddhist Centre Online for others, and with any queries.

7.30 am First sit led by Paramananda Join the meditation
2.30 pm Second sit led by Parami Join the meditation
5.30 pm Earth Day Reflection hosted by the Glasgow Buddhist Centre Join the reflection