Sangha Day Festival

Spiritual Friendship is the Whole of the Spiritual Life

Join us as we come together in large numbers to mark and celebrate the Sangha jewel in our lives, in one of the biggest festivals of the Buddhist year. Join from 10 am to hang out before we start in the shrine room at 10:30 am.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure. No need to book, just turn up!


More Information

What is the Sangha?
More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• It’s traditional to wear red for this festival and many of us will do so. It’s also fine not to!
• It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.

Dr Ambedkar Festival Evening

Join us as we celebrate the life and achievements of the great Buddhist social reformer, Dr Ambedkar. Everyone welcome, no need to book. It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed.

You’re welcome to turn up to the Centre at 6 pm to eat and chat together downstairs, then it’s a 7 pm start in the shrine room. Please be here in good time for a prompt and comfortable start.


About Dr Ambedkar

In 1956, Dr Ambedkar converted to Buddhism to escape the hell of the Indian caste system. This started the revival of Buddhism in India, as many of his followers converted too, gaining a life of dignity and respect.

More about Dr Ambedkar – a visual exhibition
More about festivals and ritual


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.


Sunday Puja Group

A monthly morning of devotion and ceremony for anybody interested in and inspired by Buddhist ritual. We gather together, spend a little time with one another, and then quietly make our way up to the shrine room to connect with that which is most important to us.

We’ll be led by one of our regulars in a ritual – often the seven-fold puja, but sometimes something different. It’s rare in our busy world to have time to be still, so these sessions, where we create an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, can be a precious opportunity to let go of our busyness and listen to the deeper currents of our being.

If you’re familiar and comfortable with Buddhist ritual and want to come along, do just turn up – no need to book.

Practical Information

• It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed
• There is usually no separate Sunday Puja on festival days, Mitra days and so on


About Buddhist Ritual

Ritual is an aspect of Buddhist practice that can feel quite alien and even strange to our modern temperament. Despite this, many of us have found that engaging in puja – Buddhist ritual – has become an important part of our Buddhist life. It can help bring our values into our lives in a more embodied and wholehearted way – from our heads to our hearts.

Through a regular and sincere practice of puja, in company with our fellow aspirants, we can refine our emotional positivity to such a pitch that we begin to break through our habitual self-centredness and isolation, and feel an empathy with all life
Triratna Puja Book


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.

Remembering Sangharakshita

Commemorating the Anniversary of Bhante’s Death

Our teacher, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita, died on 30th October 2018 and each year we celebrate his life on the anniversary of his death. No need to say you’re coming – just turn up.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure. It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed

The 108 Year Puja

Each year on this date we hold the 108 year Puja, a special Seven-Fold Puja where we light a candle designed to be lit for 108 Pujas, 108 being an auspicious number traditionally and the number of beads in a meditation mala.


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.

Padmasambhava Day Festival 2024

Today we celebrate Padmasambhava, an important figure in the Buddhist tradition and in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Gather here at the Centre or online to celebrate the teachings of the Guru, and give thanks for his wisdom.

Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, stands at the mysterious crossroads where history and myth meet, his life transcending space and time. Associated with helping us transform demon energies into spiritual qualities, he shape-shifts and fascinates us to go beyond ourselves into unimagined realms.


Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure.

More Information

• It’s traditional to wear something red for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!
More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• Arrive at 10 am to meet, relax, settle in with a drink, then it’s a prompt 10.30 start
• Please bring vegan food to share for lunch - doesn't need to be elaborate - or support one of the local cafés or takeaways
• Programme to follow. It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed


Join this Event through the Zoom App

• 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
• If you have any accessibility needs that might stop you from attending our zoom sessions, do get in touch with us at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk. We'll do what we can to remove any accessibility barriers
• Zoom link to follow


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.

Dharma Day Festival

Celebrating the Buddha’s Teachings

On Dharma Day we celebrate the Buddha’s first communication of the way to Enlightenment. Join us here at the Buddhist Centre as we celebrate one of the major festivals of the Buddhist year with ritual, talks and meditation. We hope to livestream the festival on our YouTube channel too.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure.

More Information

• It’s traditional to wear something blue for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!
More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• Arrive at 10 am to meet, relax, settle in with a drink, then it’s a prompt 10.30 start
• Please bring vegan food to share for lunch - doesn't need to be elaborate - or support one of the local cafés or takeaways
• Programme to follow. It's always safest to check the website before setting off in case the details have changed


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.

Buddha Day Festival

Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment Together

Join us in-person or on YouTube as we celebrate the major festival of the Buddhist year with ritual, talks and meditation.

This year we’ll be dwelling with the Buddha, the Enlightened one. We’ll hear a talk by Silabodhi, on his last festival day as our Chair, we’ll be led in a Buddha visualisation meditation, see a performance of the Buddha’s story by our families group, and engage in discussion and ritual.

Who is the Event for?

It's suitable for anyone with experience of our two meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you're not sure.

More Information

• It’s traditional to wear something gold-coloured for this festival and many of us will do so, but it’s not a problem if you don’t!
More about Buddhist festivals and ritual
• Arrive at 10 am to meet, relax, settle in with a drink, then it’s a prompt 10.30 start
• Please bring vegan food to share for lunch - doesn't need to be elaborate - or support one of the local cafés or takeaways
• We’d love to see you in person, but if you can’t make it to the Buddhist Centre for any reason we’re streaming the day on our YouTube channel


Programme

We’d love to see you for the whole day, but it’s also fine to just come to the parts that you can. Please join at the beginning of a session rather than part-way through

10 am: Arrive at 10 am to meet, relax, settle in with a drink, then it’s a prompt 10.30 start
10.30: Introduction
11 am: Performance of the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment by our families group
11.30: Break
11.50: Buddha visualisation meditation led by Dayanandi
12.30: Shared lunch: Please bring vegan food to share for lunch - doesn't need to be elaborate - or support one of the local cafés or takeaways
1.30: Talk by Silabodhi, followed by short conversations with three Order Members about their relationship with the archetypal Buddha
2.45: Choice of ways to absorb the talks, in different parts of the Centre: Quiet reflection and unled meditation; writing and doodling; led discussion groups; chatting
3.15: Tea break
3.45 pm: Buddha Day ritual with reaffirmations of Mitra commitment and Order Members’ acceptance verses
5 pm: Ends


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

There is no charge to attend but we deeply appreciate donations. You can make regular or one-off online donations here; contactless card donations on our first-floor donation station next to the lift; or leave cash in the box by the till. Thank you, and do please get in touch with any queries.