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 through the pandemic 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 in-person meet-up to 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.

Feel free to arrive at the Buddhist Centre from 6.45pm onwards, we might also hang around for a bit afterwards to socialise.


Supporting the Centre

Although we're now open four days a week, with some of our classes and events now back at the Centre, these are still difficult times for us. Through the pandemic 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 currently held here in-person in the Centre's Lotus Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

£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 Saturday.


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.

Centre Open 11 am – 3 pm Today

Our friendly and welcoming book and gift shop and general reception are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am to 3pm as well as on Saturdays from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Lunchtime meditation is in-person in the Lotus Hall at 1 pm today.

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.

• Our friends at Bodywise on the Centre’s second floor have their own opening arrangements – More information on Bodywise website


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

Although we're now open four days a week, with some of our classes and events now back at the Centre, these are still difficult times for us. Through the pandemic 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.

Centre Open 10.30 am – 2.30 pm Today

Our friendly and welcoming book and gift shop and general reception are open on Saturdays from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm now, as well as on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am to 3pm. Tools for Living your Life is back in-person in the Lotus Hall at 11am – please book ahead as 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.

• Our friends at Bodywise on the Centre’s second floor have their own opening arrangements – More information on Bodywise website


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

Although we're now open four days a week, with some of our classes and events now back at the Centre, these are still difficult times for us. Through the pandemic 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.

Tools for Living: Life with Full Attention

A friendly and practical weekly introduction to Buddhism and meditation, with the option of joining us online on the day, or booking to attend in-person at the Centre. We cover a different topic each time, usually in series lasting a few weeks each. Our theme for September and October is Life with Full Attention.

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. Suryaka, Shakyajata, Suryasraddha and / or Mahabodhi usually lead the sessions with a team of friends from the Centre.

Life with Full Attention

We often feel like we’re not living life to the full. It’s as if instead of directly experiencing life we’re lost in a cacophony of thought, anxiety and chaos. More and more people are turning to mindfulness for help with this. But the Buddha’s mindfulness teachings are far more than a way of coping with the stress of the modern world. They are a direct way of seeing deeply into the truth of life, and living from that.

On this course you’ll learn, in a step-by-step way, how to practise the Buddha’s four fundamental dimensions of mindfulness, as well as how to apply them to the life you’re actually living. We’ll be using Maitreyabandhu’s Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness but it’s not essential to have a copy


Come to the Centre or Join us Online

This class recently returned to the Buddhist Centre after eighteen months running successfully online. There is space for around twenty people to attend in-person, and you'll need to book and pay in advance for that please - booking opens on the website a couple of weeks ahead. No need to book to join through Zoom, no limit on numbers attending online, and the price is the same for both options. Whichever way you come, please be here in good time for a prompt and comfortable start. If you're coming to the Centre, please also read our advice on visiting the Centre in person.

£6 standard rate or £4 concessionary rate

Problem paying? We don't want to turn anyone away. If you are unable to pay the suggested rates, please contact the Centre Team on info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.


Coming In-Person?

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal
• 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
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Joining us Online?

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
• Please make your £6 / £4 payment through our donation site
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Going Deeper in Buddhism: Six Week Online Course starts

The Buddha’s Eightfold Path

Learn more about the Buddha’s teachings and Buddhist meditation, with the theme this time of Vision and Transformation: The Buddha’s Eightfold Path. The course is for people who have completed a Buddhism Foundation course and also provides further meditation practice and time for questions and discussion.

Please note: although we were hoping for this course to be in-person, due to the availability of course leaders, it will now be taking place online.

• Read more about Going Deeper

The sessions are alive with meaning and connection” – past participant


Join the course through the Zoom App

Getting the most out of 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 through the pandemic 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.
Bookings will close at 3 pm on the day the course starts

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal
• 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
Book Now

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

Intro to Buddhism Six-Week Course Starts at the Centre: Fully Booked

Sorry, this in-person evening course here at the Centre is now fully booked. The next one starts on 2nd November

If you’ve booked on to the Course

Please get here twenty minutes before we start on the first evening, and read our advice on visiting the Centre in person. We look forward to seeing you.


Change Yourself, Change the World

There’s so much difficulty and suffering in the world. It can be overwhelming. In our efforts to help we can end up doing more harm than good, ending up hateful and burned out. There is another way.

Buddhism teaches us that to transform the world, we need to begin with ourselves. Once we can look inwards, see what’s really going on and cultivate love and awareness, we will begin to change those around us. Join this six-week course to find out how! As well as an introduction to Buddhist teaching, this course provides practical instruction in two Buddhist meditation practices to develop mindfulness and love. The 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.

• Read more about Buddhism and our courses
• Read the course handouts in printable pdf format


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 through the pandemic 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.
Bookings will close at 3 pm on the day the course starts

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal
• 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
Book Now

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

Online Sangha Evening: Getting Involved

A special Sangha evening exploring how we can all get more involved in our Centre – everyone with a connection is welcome, new or old. There’s a strong commitment here to a change of culture, where members of the Centre’s Sangha or community take more ownership and responsibility for the Centre’s life and running.

Some of us have already been moving in this direction, have seen it happen at other centres, or remember a time when things were different, so let’s see how we can all bring our skills and energy to this change. There’ll be the chance to join small groups to hear from different people about what’s most needed, where we might be able to help out, and what it’s like to be already involved.

Programme

7 pm: Introductions, short talks from Centre team and volunteers
7.40: Small groups looking at specific areas of work
8.05: Short break
8.10: Whole group discussion – comments, ideas and questions
8.30: End with Transference of Merit


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: 950 1301 6144
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Supporting the Centre

Although we're now open four days a week, with some of our classes and events now back at the Centre, these are still difficult times for us. Through the pandemic 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.

Tools for Living: Life with Full Attention

A friendly and practical weekly introduction to Buddhism and meditation, with the option of joining us online on the day, or booking to attend in-person at the Centre. We cover a different topic each time, usually in series lasting a few weeks each. Our theme for September and October is Life with Full Attention.

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. Suryaka, Shakyajata, Suryasraddha and / or Mahabodhi usually lead the sessions with a team of friends from the Centre.

Life with Full Attention

We often feel like we’re not living life to the full. It’s as if instead of directly experiencing life we’re lost in a cacophony of thought, anxiety and chaos. More and more people are turning to mindfulness for help with this. But the Buddha’s mindfulness teachings are far more than a way of coping with the stress of the modern world. They are a direct way of seeing deeply into the truth of life, and living from that.

On this course you’ll learn, in a step-by-step way, how to practise the Buddha’s four fundamental dimensions of mindfulness, as well as how to apply them to the life you’re actually living. We’ll be using Maitreyabandhu’s Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness but it’s not essential to have a copy


Come to the Centre or Join us Online

This class recently returned to the Buddhist Centre after eighteen months running successfully online. There is space for around twenty people to attend in-person, and you'll need to book and pay in advance for that please - booking opens on the website a couple of weeks ahead. No need to book to join through Zoom, no limit on numbers attending online, and the price is the same for both options. Whichever way you come, please be here in good time for a prompt and comfortable start. If you're coming to the Centre, please also read our advice on visiting the Centre in person.

£6 standard rate or £4 concessionary rate

Problem paying? We don't want to turn anyone away. If you are unable to pay the suggested rates, please contact the Centre Team on info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.


Coming In-Person?

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal
• 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
Book Now

Joining us Online?

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
• Please make your £6 / £4 payment through our donation site
Take me to the class