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! Choose Join with Video option
• 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

Although the Centre's opening up again now, these are still difficult times. Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you! 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 Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

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.

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.

£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 also like an unguided daily 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 11 am to 3 pm 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?

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.

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 with the exact money. You’re also welcome to make a drink and enjoy the Centre’s artworks and tranquil atmosphere. 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 Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

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, as well as on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am to 3pm. (Sorry, we’re closed on Saturday 21st May though, as we’re celebrating Buddha Day)

Thinking of coming to the Centre?

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.


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 with the exact money. You’re also welcome to make a drink and enjoy the Centre’s artworks and tranquil atmosphere. 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 Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

Sunday Puja Group

A fortnightly get-together 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.


A Morning of Devotion and Ceremony

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

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.

During this morning, we’ll be led by one of our regulars in a ritual. Often it’s the seven-fold puja, but sometimes it’s something different too. We want to create an atmosphere of quiet contemplation. It’s rare in our busy world to have time to be still, so these sessions 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!

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.

Supporting the Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

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. Usually check-in is on the third Monday of the month but this month it’s on the fourth Monday instead 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 Buddhist Centre

Through the pandemic we have lost much of our income, and as a registered charity we need your help! So if you value our Centre and community, please think about making a regular or one-off donation here - choose Donate with Card if you don't have a PayPal account and do get in touch with any queries. Thank you!

Cleaning Together as Spiritual Practice

Cia and the regular Tuesday cleaning crew invite us all to join them for a deeper cleaning experience on these monthly Saturday afternoon sessions. It’s a chance to spend time together in beautiful surroundings, working on something important to all of us – our beautiful Centre. We can get to grips with the less regular and maybe more time-consuming jobs at these sessions. No experience needed!

Cia says:

We’ll meet between 1 pm and 1:30 for a cup of something together, and then once the Tools for Living class has dispersed, we’ll clean until about 3 pm. Do join us for the whole session or just part of it – no need to say you’re coming, just turn up or maybe stay on after Tools? You’re also always welcome to join our regular Tuesday clean-up, from 11.30 am to 12.30. For many of us, working together to keep the Centre beautiful has become an important part of our practice.

Interested in Joining in?


Embracing Ourselves, Joining Community: Six-Week Meditation Course starts

It’s so easy to rush through life, not living fully. On top of this, modern life can so easily leave us feeling isolated and lonely.

Meditation can help. Through this ancient practice, we can enter into a gentle, loving awareness of ourselves. By meditating with others during the six weeks, we also build a trusting, meaningful community.

During this six-week course, in-person at the Buddhist Centre, you’ll be introduced by experienced meditators to the two main meditation practices we teach at the Centre.

These meditations help you to enter into a more loving and aware relationship with the world and other people.

Come along, you deserve to embrace your life.


Payment

The price for the six weeks is £90 standard rate / £60 concessionary / £30 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

If you’ve booked on to the Course

Please get here twenty minutes before we start on the first evening – we look forward to seeing you.

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.


Booking your Place

• Book here online or at reception when we're open - 0161 834 9232
• 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
• If payment is an issue or you have any questions, email info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk or ring 0161 834 9232 during opening hours
• 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

Tools for Living: Not about being Good

A friendly and practical weekly introduction to Buddhism and meditation, with the option of joining us online or attending in-person at the Centre. We cover a different topic each time, usually in series lasting a few weeks each, and each session includes a period of led meditation.

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 and there's no need to be here at the beginning of a series, each session stands alone and we always start with a recap. Shakyajata, Mahabodhi and/or Suryasraddha usually lead the sessions with a team of friends from the Centre.

Looking at Buddhist Ethics

In March and April, we’re looking at Buddhist ethics, in a series based on Subhadramati’s Not about being Good: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Ethics. This is a down to earth theme on how to live and what to do. There’s no need to have a copy of the book or to read it, but it’s available in our bookshop and reference library if you want to take a look.

Buddhist ethics are not about following rules to get material, social or religious rewards. For us, living ethically springs from knowing that other people are really no different from ourselves. A key Buddhist insight is that consciousness isn’t fixed; we’re creating it all the time by our actions of body, speech and mind. We can change!


Come to the Centre or Join us Online

Around half of us come to Tools for Living here at the Centre, and half join in online from home. You don't need to book, 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.

£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?

Before coming here, please read our advice on visiting the Centre in person for up-to-date information on our Covid precautions.

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! Choose Join with Video option
• 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 payment through our donation site – choose Donate with Card if you don’t have a PayPal account
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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.