Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Ordinary life can be hard, but things are particularly difficult right now for many of us. How can Buddhist meditation help? Meditation can help us develop mindfulness, kindness, clarity, positivity, and can enable us to gain a bigger perspective on life. Through regular practice and over time, we can learn our mind’s habits, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being in the world. Come and find out how!

Our weekday lunchtime meditation sessions are guided and are suitable for anyone.

First-time meditators are particularly welcome but old hands very welcome too! Even in an online virtual group, meditating together can help us feel connected with others, whatever our different situations and there’s usually a bit of time at the end to ask questions or talk about how it went. These sessions usually go ahead on bank holidays.

More about meditation


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: 659 174 652. Zoom requires a password for this event – the password is 080902
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Or watch on Youtube

• Every Thursday, there’s also an opportunity to watch this class live on Youtube. Take me to the session

• If you’d like an unguided morning sit, Triratna offers online open meditation, 7.30 – 8.15 am, Monday to Friday


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 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 £5 standard rate or £3 concessionary rate

 

Eight Step Recovery Online

Using the Buddha’s Teachings on the Path of Recovery

A friendly and warm weekly online Eight Step Meeting, for anyone in recovery, at whatever stage. No need to book – just join us by clicking the button below a few minutes before we start. We have been meeting weekly since January, first in the Buddhist Centre and online since lockdown.

This meeting explores recovery through the lens of the Buddhist teachings, and Buddhism through the lens of recovery. If you are attending Twelve Step meetings, this can be your expression of your eleventh step. If you are not, it can be another way to approach your recovery. This is an extra meeting to complement your recovery, whatever that looks like.

Open to anyone interested in exploring recovery using the Buddha’s teachings. We are a self-supporting group and encourage all group members to give what they can to help the group.

The meetings use Eight Step Recovery – Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, available online from Windhorse Publications, as the main source of content for shares and discussions.


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: 600 678 280
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Eight Step Recovery – An Independent Group

Although this meeting uses Manchester Buddhist Centre’s facilities, it is not one of their activities. We are an independent group of people, all in recovery, undertaking the Eight Step programme, meeting weekly in this peer-led recovery group. You can contact us through the Buddhist Centre though if you need to. As with other Recovery groups, we ask you to please respect people’s personal sharing – let what you hear stay in the meeting.

Note on Safeguarding from Manchester Buddhist Centre

Manchester Buddhist Centre recognises the value and benefit of using the Buddha’s teachings to help overcome addiction, and supports peer-led groups exploring these issues. The Centre’s trustees also recognise their responsibility to safeguard adults using the premises, or children connected to those adults, who may be deemed to be at risk of harm. In consultation with the Eight Step group, we have agreed that everyone in the group bears responsibility for passing on information to the Centre’s Safeguarding Officer if they believe a child or adult is at risk of significant harm.

Vishangka, or Keith Green, is our Safeguarding Officer, responsible for the protection of children and adults who may be at risk at Manchester Buddhist Centre.

Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidelines in pdf format


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 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

Young Buddhists Group Online: Checkin

A friendly informal group for young adults over eighteen, led by young people for young people.

Checkin is a monthly Zoom meet-up to just chat about how things are going in our meditation and Buddhist practice, and to be part of the Manchester Young Buddhist community.

Watch this video to find out more about what checkin is all about.

It’s in addition to our usual Young Buddhists Group meeting, that happens on the first Monday of the month. It’s completely informal and you don’t need any prior experience to attend.


Who is the Centre’s Young Buddhists Group for?

Anyone aged 18 to 35.  We also have a Manchester Young Buddhists group on Facebook.


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
Take me to the session
Meeting ID: 880 0088 8345 Passcode: youngbud


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.

Young Buddhists Group Online

A Friendly Informal Group for Young Adults over Eighteen

Led by young people for young people, we are supporting one another to deepen our experience of the Dharma, through friendship, events and study.

Who is the Young Buddhists Group for?

Anyone aged 18 – 35 who is interested in exploring and practising Buddhism with other younger people. We meet on the first and third Monday evening of the month. Interested? Just come along to one of our meetings or get in touch with us through the Centre. We also have a Manchester Young Buddhists Group on Facebook.


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: 869 9377 6034 Passcode: youngbud

Take me to the class

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.

Lunchtime Led Meditation at the Centre

A regular short class for anyone who wants to try meditation, or come to a led meditation session from time to time. No need to book. The class is held here in-person in the Centre's Lotus Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and online only on Wednesdays. Online classes have been a lifeline during the pandemic, but it’s great to connect with ourselves and others in our beautiful shrine room too.

£5 standard rate or £3 concessionary rate

• We don’t want to turn anyone away. If you can’t afford the charges, then have a word with us - we’ll try and help
• Please make sure you arrive in good time so the class isn’t disturbed by latecomers. We'll do our best to be flexible if you're delayed, but can't admit anybody more than five minutes after the start time

• Don’t forget your mask!


About Meditation

Meditation can help us develop mindfulness, kindness, clarity, positivity, and can enable us to gain a bigger perspective on life. Whether online or in the same space, meditating together can help us feel connected with others, whatever our situation.

There’s more about Buddhist meditation on our meditation page and there's usually a bit of time at the end of the session to ask questions or talk about how it went.

• If you'd like an unguided morning sit, The Buddhist Centre Online offers online open meditation, 7.30 - 8.15 am, Monday to Friday.


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.

Welcoming Liberation: Racial Diversity and Connection

A Space for Thriving BIPOC / BAME Dharma and Community Connection

An online event on the last Saturday of every month for Black, Indigenous, People of Color / Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic people, organised by the Triratna Buddhist Community.

What is the Space?

This is a gathering for people practising the Dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience, and who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian / Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab / Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

A Welcoming International and Intentional Triratna Community Space for:

• Authentic connection and co-creating culturally diverse community, or sangha
• Deepening Dharma practice through meditation, reflection and real conversations
• To practise welcoming, empathy, healing, wholeness, complexity, liberation and joy
• Learning from each other and with a variety of BIPOC / BAME Triratna Order members and community members
• Making more possible genuine connection with the Triratna Buddhist Community in this space, and beyond

Find out more and register:

Triratna Buddhist Community’s Dharma Toolkit Live


Dharma Practice and Race here in Manchester

To find out more about how we are addressing issues of race at Manchester Buddhist Centre and in our Sangha, contact us at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and ask to go on the Dharma Practice and Race mailing list.


A New Way to Live: Online Six-week Meditation Course starts

We’re living in incredibly difficult times.

We’re all, to some extent, cut off from loved ones and many of the things that bring joy to our lives.

These moments also present an opportunity. How do we really want to live? Increasingly people are realising that they don’t want to rush through life. They want to slow down, spend some time alone, away from electronic devices, turning towards what is really important. A great way of doing this is through meditation.

Through this ancient practice, we can cultivate greater awareness and love. We can tap into our unlimited potential. No matter what is going on, we can always come home to this.

Join us for this six-week course, led by experienced and passionate meditators. You’ll learn two essential meditation practices, as well as advice on how to integrate a meditation practice into your daily life.

This online meditation course covers similar material and is equivalent to the Meditation Foundation Course


Join this event through the Zoom App

New to Zoom?
• Our online courses are interactive and involve small group work as well as opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. You will need a working camera and mic on your device to take part in this course
We'll email you the Zoom link to join the course once you've booked

Payment

The price for the six weeks is £90 standard rate / £60 concessionary / £25 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? These are very difficult times for us, and being closed for so long means we have lost much of our income but not much of our costs. However, we don't want to turn anyone away from our courses. Please contact the Centre Team at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal - Book Now
• Booking for someone else online? Tell us in the Additional Information box at checkout
• 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 making your booking
• Questions? info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
• Read our Privacy Policy

Bookings will close at 3 pm on 10th March


More about Meditation

• Read more about meditation
• Read the course handouts

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Centre Open 11 am – 3 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Our friendly and welcoming book and gift shop and general reception are open two days a week now – Tuesdays and Thursday from 11am til 3pm. Lunchtime meditation is back in-person in the Lotus Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays too, with Wednesdays remaining online – no need to book, though numbers are limited. We’ll keep you updated on more changes as they happen.

Thinking of coming to the Centre?

Firstly, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in Covid times.

On what to expect – well, you’ll be greeted by a helpful receptionist in a face-covering. You can book on to online courses and find out more about Buddhism, our Buddhist community and what we do here. In our book and gift shop you can pay by card – no minimum amount – or in cash. Very sorry but we can’t take donations of second hand books at the moment, though we are hoping to keep some available for sale.


Join our events online

We are committed to keep sharing our teachings, practices and friendly connections during this challenging period, and many of our classes, courses and other events have been running successfully online through Zoom over the past year. Many of our talks and some led meditations are available on YouTube too. We’ll continue offering online events and classes for now, alongside in-person events as times change.

Elsewhere in the building . . .

• Our friends at Bodywise on the Centre’s second floor have their own opening arrangements – More information on Bodywise website
Four Side Vegan Pizza is now offering collection and delivery from our basement café space, with eat-in options maybe available in future


Staying in touch

If anything changes to an event or course that you have booked on, we will be in touch by email. We’re responding to emails at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, but we’re afraid we are not able to answer phone calls when the Centre’s closed. Please check the website frequently, and join our mailing list to stay up to date with new online events, and news on opening arrangements.

• Find us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram
Updates, news, talks and blogs


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.

Young Buddhists – Ancient Texts, Timeless Wisdom: Six-week Course starts

Instead of our usual check in session, this week will be the first in our six-week course looking at Buddhist texts with Ratnaguna. He says:

Not many people I know read traditional Buddhist texts. This is understandable because they can seem inaccessible at first, coming as they do from cultures very different from our own.

My purpose is to introduce you to some of these texts and be a guide on a series of short journeys into them. My hope is that, having seen their value you will want to journey further into them on your own, or with some friends.

It’s not that I think you should read them because they’ll be good for you (although they may be). I think you may want to read them when you see how enjoyable it is to do so, once you’ve got over the initial problem of style.

We’ll look at texts from a few different traditions so that you get an idea of the richness and diversity of the Buddhist tradition. – Pali (early Buddhism), Mahayana, Vajrayana, and from different cultures – Indian, Tibetan, possibly Chinese, Japanese (I haven’t decided which texts to look at yet so I can’t be sure!)

Whether you’re completely new to Buddhism and meditation or an old hand, these sessions are for you! You’ll get the most from the sessions if you come to them all, so do try to commit to the whole six weeks.


Who is the Centre’s Young Buddhists Group for?

Anyone aged 18 to 35.  We also have a Manchester Young Buddhists group on Facebook.


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
Once you have signed up for this free course, you will be sent the Zoom info


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.

Wake Up! – Intro to Buddhism Six-Week Course starts

As we emerge from a dark, cold, pandemic winter, now is the time to ask some important questions.

Are you sleepwalking through life?

Are you making the most of your limited time alive?

Do you want to wake up? Really wake up?

Difficult times can help us to see things more clearly, that we’re capable of more, we’re capable of waking up.

Join us on this six-week introduction to Buddhism course, we’ll explore how the Buddha woke up and the essential foundations of his teaching. As well as an introduction to Buddhist teaching, this course provides practical instruction in two Buddhist meditation practices to develop mindfulness and love.

• Read more about Buddhism and our courses

This course covers similar material and is equivalent to the Buddhism Foundation Course, so you can go on to Buddhism Going Deeper Courses after completing this one


Join this event through the Zoom App

New to Zoom?
• Our online courses are interactive and involve small group work as well as opportunities to ask questions and share your own experience. You will need a working camera and mic on your device to take part in this course
We'll email you the Zoom link to join the course once you've booked
Bookings will close at 3 pm on the starting day of the course


Payment

The price for the six weeks is £90 standard rate / £60 concessionary / £25 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? These are very difficult times for us, and being closed for so long means we have lost much of our income but not much of our costs. However, we don't want to turn anyone away from our courses. Please contact the Centre Team at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal - Book Now
• Booking for someone else online? Tell us in the Additional Information box at checkout
• 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 making your booking
• Questions? info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
• Read our Privacy Policy

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date