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
• 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

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.

Sthirajyoti, or Ari Ahonen, 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: 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 30.  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
• 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
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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: Re-entering the World

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.


Re-entering the World

This evening will be led by Oskar. He says:

A theme that keeps re-occurring in conversation at the moment is the range of ways that we are adjusting to the recent lifting of restrictions.

Some have jumped headfirst into socialising while others are quite happy staying quiet for a while longer. Some are feeling the thrill of the newfound freedom while others feel intensely anxious and overwhelmed. For most of us, it’s a mixture of both. The common thread is that this is an unusual experience and one we’re all still working out how to navigate our way through.

In this first session back at the Buddhist Centre, we will be focusing on this re-adjustment. We will have a chance to talk through our experiences, be guided in some techniques for emotional processing and of course actually meet in person! In keeping with the theme, this will be a gentle session.


Who is the Young Buddhists Group for?

Anyone aged 18 – 30 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.

There’s no need to book. We gather together in the Buddhist Centre lounge about 15 minutes before the start of the session and sometimes hang out together afterwards. It’ll be great to have you with us!

There's no charge to attend this event, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

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 currently held here in-person in the Centre's Lotus Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we hope to add Wednesdays from mid-August 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


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.


Centre Open 11 am – 3 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Our friendly and welcoming book and gift shop and general reception are open on Tuesdays and Thursday from 11am to 3pm now, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays too from 7th August. Lunchtime meditation is back in-person in the Lotus Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also on Wednesdays from 11th August – no need to book, though numbers are limited.

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 who can answer any questions you have about Buddhism, our Buddhist community and what we do here. Or you can just browse our book and gift shop where you can pay by card – no minimum amount – or in cash. If you’re here for meditation or a class, there will be someone to show you up to one of our beautiful shrine rooms.


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 in changing times

It’s still best to contact us by email at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, as we are not always 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 events, and any changes to our 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.

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
• 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

Meeting ID: 600 678 280
Take me to the meeting


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.

Sthirajyoti, or Ari Ahonen, 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

Tools for Living your Life, Online: Why I am a Buddhist

Friendly and practical online weekly introduction to Buddhism and meditation with a different topic each time, usually in themes lasting a few weeks each. Tools is staying completely online until the end of August, but may be in-person at the Centre in the autumn, possibly with an online option too.

This morning’s session is a one-off, led by Barbara and team.

Why I am a Buddhist

Come and hear from a range of people who are putting Buddhist teachings into practice in our lives. Why are we following this path? What difference does it make? Plenty of space to ask questions and simply meet Buddhists! We’ll do a a little bit of meditation too.

Everyone welcome, any Saturday

Whether you are completely new to Buddhism and meditation or want to revisit the core teachings in a friendly group, join us for a warm welcome on a Saturday morning. Come once or as often as you like, no need to be here at the beginning of a series and no need to book. Suryaka, Shakyajata and / or Mahabodhi usually lead the sessions with a team of friends from the Centre.

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
• 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
• If you are asked for the meeting ID, it’s 89815652987
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Tools for Living - The Next Few Weeks

7th August: We can Change - Radically: Creating a Better World
14th August: We can Change - Radically: Energy and Meditation
21st August: Meditation Morning: One-off session with Kevin Statham
28th August: We can Change - Radically: Being Wise
4th September: Life with Full Attention: New Theme starts

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 £6 standard rate or £4 concessionary rate

Going Deeper in Meditation Online with Silabodhi

These sessions are an opportunity to come together and practise, with a focus on deepening meditation. Each week, as a community, we explore different aspects and approaches to our meditation practice. The evenings vary, but you can expect periods of meditation with short talks and discussion - sometimes in small groups - and a ten-minute break around the mid-point. Going Deeper is staying online for the foreseeable future.

Silabodhi says . . .

From his Rose Apple Tree experience, the Buddha reflected on the deep inner peace and contentment available to him from within. He taught that this happiness was a necessary part of the path to Enlightenment. Can we find this opening in our meditation, and can we learn to bring attention to this aspect as a gateway to deep absorption from which compassion and wisdom can arise?

On 5th and 12th July we will look at different ways to do this and how then to take this further. Come to one session or both.

Who is the event for?

It’s suitable for anyone familiar with the two meditation practices we teach here – Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana – and with at least six months regular meditation practice.


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
• 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
Meeting ID: 838 5290 3658. The passcode is 978741
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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.

Young Buddhists Group Online: Surrendering to the Mystery of Life

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 Buddhism, through friendship, events and study.

Surrendering to the Mystery of Life

This month’s session will be led by Tom, he says:

There are many different ways of approaching spiritual practice; one that particularly inspires me is the approach of surrender. Through this approach, we identify the ways in which we’re trying to control our experience and the world, then we let them go (as best we can!) Although this isn’t always easy, I’ve found it to be an incredibly rich way of living. I find that when I let go, life’s mystery, beauty and connection opens up more and more.

During the evening, I’ll be leading us in meditation, reflection and discussion. I hope that together we’ll see some of the ways that we approach life with a closed, scared and controlling heart and that from there we can open up and begin to experience some of the incredible fruits that come with it!

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
• 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

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.