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CANCELLED: Ordination Send-Offs

Fri 27th Mar : 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ordinands 2020 - Sundeep, Claire, Alex, Michael, Lynne Marie
The Coronavirus outbreak means Manchester Buddhist Centre is now closed to the public until at least 20th April. We will, of course, update you as more advice is given. If you are currently booked on a course or event which falls during this initial closure period, we will be contacting you by email to discuss your options.

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Five of our friends are going to be ordained! Tonight we’re celebrating Sundeep Grewal, Claire Morris, Alex Stirling, Michael Procter and Lynne-Marie Eccleston, wishing them well as they prepare to set off on special retreats during which they will join the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Who is the event for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure. Friends and family are of course welcome too.

No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, 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.

Can you help out on the Day?

We often need friendly Sangha members to help make this sort of event run smoothly. Much of the work is done before and after, so you'd still be able to join in with everyone else. Please contact Sundeep on sundeep@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you are interested in joining the organising team. Thank you!

Rejoicing in our Five Friends

There will be an introduction to what Ordination is all about, several friends will speak about the people going off for ordination, and they will say a little about their journey to this point. We’ll rejoice in their merits and finish with a celebratory ritual. Do come along even if you don’t really know them all! These evenings are always moving and inspiring. It’s great to gather together in large numbers and give a rousing and heartfelt send-off! You may also want to bring cards or gifts as they embark on this important stage in their lives.

About Ordination and Order Members


7 pm: Welcome and introduction; Talk by Mahashraddha about ordination; Rejoicings in merit
8 pm: Tea break or silent time in shrine room
8.25: Short talks from Alex, Michael, Claire, Lynne-Marie and Sundeep about their journey to ordination; followed by mantra and blessings, led by Dayanandi
9.30: End

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 on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.


Fri 27th Mar
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
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