Finding Freedom in Difficult Times: Online Buddhism Six-week Course starts

Ordinary life can be hard, but things are particularly difficult right now for many of us. What can Buddhism and meditation offer in times of crisis?

The Buddha found a way to transform anxiety into ease, hate into love, despair into hope and ignorance into wisdom. He found a path that can be followed all the way to enlightenment and, best of all, he discovered that this path can be walked by anyone. Come and 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 positivity.

• 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

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
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 4 pm on 7th July


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 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
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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

Buddhism: Online Six-week Going Deeper Course starts

Excellent course and very well delivered” – past participant

Learn more about the Buddha’s teachings and Buddhist meditation, with the theme this time of Triratna – A New Voice: Who are the Triratna Buddhist Community?. The course is for people who have completed a Buddhism Foundation course and also provides further meditation practice and time for questions and discussion.

• Read more about Going Deeper


Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
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 4 pm on 7th July


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 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

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Still Water
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.

Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we’re running many events online through Zoom.
• New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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’s probably a sudden problem at our end

Meeting ID: 659 174 652, Passcode: 080902

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being closed 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.

Stay in Contact 

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Still Water
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.

Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we’re running many events online through Zoom.
• New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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’s probably a sudden problem at our end

Meeting ID: 659 174 652, Passcode: 080902

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being closed 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.

Stay in Contact 

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

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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's probably a sudden problem at our end.
Meeting ID: 659 174 652. Zoom requires a password for this event – the password is 080902
Take me to the Session

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 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 £5 standard rate or £3 concessionary rate.

 

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. No need to book.

First-time meditators are particularly welcome but old hands very welcome too! Go to our meditation page if you’d like to find out more before you visit. Even in an online group, meditating together can help us feel connected with others, whatever our situation, 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 and there is the option to join the class in person on Tuesdays – please book ahead for that.


Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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's probably a sudden problem at our end.
Meeting ID: 659 174 652, Passcode: 080902
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 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 £5 standard rate or £3 concessionary rate.

Open 11 am – 3 pm Today

Manchester Buddhist Centre was closed as a building in March, because of the Coronavirus outbreak. After a lot of planning and health and safety work, we’re now open for a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As a Covid-secure place of worship we are hoping to continue through a fast changing situation.

Thinking of coming to the Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday?

Firstly, please read our advice on visiting the Centre.

On what to expect – well, you’ll be greeted by a helpful receptionist in a face-covering. You can book on to courses and find out more about Buddhism, our Buddhist community and what we do here. Parts of the building and its statuary and art works may be available to look at – certainly those on the ground floor. Take as many photos as you like, though obviously not of other visitors without permission. The book and gift shop will be open, where 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 us online, and maybe in person

We are committed to continuing to share our teachings, practices and friendly connections during this challenging period, and our classes, courses and other events are currently available online through Zoom and sometimes YouTube. We’ll continue offering online events and classes, maybe alongside in-person events, or events that are a mix of in-person and online. On Tuesdays, lunchtime led meditation will take place in the Lotus Hall as well as on Zoom, but it’s still online only on Thursdays.

Our friends at Bodywise on the Centre’s second floor have moved many of their activities online too, and have different opening arrangements – More information on Bodywise website.

Unfortunately, our much loved Earth Cafe will not be re-opening.


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 while we’re 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 can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed 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.

Centre Partially Open, Lots Online Too

The Coronavirus outbreak means Manchester Buddhist Centre is still mostly closed as a building for the time being, but we’re open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 3 pm now. We’ll see how that goes, and review our arrangements frequently in the light of experience and changes in Covid-19 guidance, in which we class as a place of worship If you are thinking of coming here when we’re open then please read our advice on  visiting the Centre.

Still mostly online for the moment

We are committed to continuing to share our teachings, practices and friendly connections during this challenging period, and our classes, courses and other events are currently mostly available online through Zoom and sometimes YouTube. We’ll continue offering online events and classes through the autumn, sometimes alongside in-person events, or events that are a mix of in-person and online.

Our friends at Bodywise on the Centre’s second floor have moved many of their activities online too, and have different opening arrangements – More information on Bodywise website.

Unfortunately, our much loved Earth Cafe will not be re-opening.

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 while we’re closed. Please check the website frequently, and join our mailing list to stay up to date with new online events, and news on reopening.

• 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 can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being mostly closed 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.

Mindfulness and Kindness Online Lunchtime Meditation Class

Still Water
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.

Join this event through the Zoom App

While the Centre is closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we’re running many events online through Zoom.
• New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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’s probably a sudden problem at our end

Meeting ID: 659 174 652, Passcode: 080902

Supporting the Centre

We want to offer as much as we can freely online for as long as can. These are very difficult times for us though, and being closed 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.

Stay in Contact 

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

While the Centre is mostly closed by the coronavirus pandemic, we're running many events online through Zoom.
New to Zoom?
• Our online classes and other events are friendly and participative, 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's probably a sudden problem at our end.

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.

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 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