Books, Buddhas and Ethical Gifts
The Centre’s spacious ground floor shop is a great place to browse. New stock comes in all the time and almost everything we sell comes from Buddhist right livelihood businesses, other ethical sources, or small local independent businesses. All proceeds go towards the Centre and its activities. No minimum spend on card payments.
Our friendly receptionists can advise on what to buy and you are welcome to try out the meditation equipment and singing bowls to get what’s right for you. Sorry, we don’t currently offer online or mail order sales.
In the Buddhist Centre Shop . . .
- Books on Buddhism and meditation, vegetarian cookery, day to day mindfulness and more. We also have CDs, magazines, calendars and a great second hand section – fiction too
- Meditation equipment – mats, stools, kindseats, shawls, cushions and meditation beads
- Buddha statues and singing bowls in many styles, sizes and prices
- Incense galore – Nag Champa, Morning Star and many others
- Vajras, bells and other Buddhist ritual items
- Yoga equipment – mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, neti pots
- Greetings cards and gifts, plus gift vouchers if you can’t decide
- Toiletries, soaps, Green People and Faith in Nature products – organic, vegan and not tested on animals
- Fairly traded teas, coffees, snacks and a great range of vegan and organic chocolate
Look out for our famous hand-made crafts stall in December, shrine goods sale in spring and other special sales from time to time.
Opening Times:Centre is currently closed due to Coronavirus - join us online! We are hoping to partially reopen on 1st September, with some events continuing online beyond that. We used to be open six days a week, including most bank holidays - new opening hours to follow.
We also have a reference library
With over a thousand titles – please ask at reception to use it. Mitras and Order members can borrow too.
Welcoming Community Groups, Schools and Students of all Ages
Thousands of school and college students come to the Buddhist Centre each year to explore Buddhism and see the Centre at work. We also welcome community groups.
Talk to us about what we can offer your group on a guided visit. There is usually a tour of the ground floor and shrine room, discussion, questions and answers, and an optional meditative stilling exercise, but each visit will meet the needs of each group.
More information and bookingsPlease contact us at email@example.com while we're closed due to Coronavirus. Partial reopening planned for 1st September, many events currently online, find us on social media too.
A Buddhist visitor in your school?
We can also offer a Buddhist visitor in your school, in both the classroom and assemblies for primary to AS/A2 level.
- £80 per hour + any travel costs
Enquiries and bookingsPlease contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org while we're closed due to Coronavirus. Partial reopening planned for 1st September, many events currently online, find us on social media too.
Beautiful Rooms in a Central Location
If you’re looking for a place to hold your team meeting, then our library and meeting room could just be the place for you. Located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, we are well known for our friendly and attentive service. We are easily accessible from two train stations, with tram, bus and car parks close by. If you’d like to come and look at our rooms and facilities, just ask. Special rates for charities and voluntary groups may be possible – get in touch.
More information and bookingPlease contact us at email@example.com while we're closed due to Coronavirus. Partial reopening planned for 1st September, many events currently online, find us on social media too.
Library – seats ten
- One hour – £32
- Half day – £90
- Full day – £170
Conference table for eight to ten people or a semi-circle of chairs with small table for ten people
Meeting room – seats nine
Circle of five lounge chairs and two settees
- One hour – £26
- Half day – £65
- Full day – £115
Included in the cost
Wireless internet access, suitable wall for projection, water and biscuits, flipchart
Use of tea and coffee making facilities on ground floor, with good range of tea, coffee, milk, herbal infusions and so on.
- £2 per person per half day
- £3 per person per day
- Lunch at Earth Cafe – contact us for details
- Within 7 days of booking date, half agreed cost
- Within 14 days of booking date, £30
- Outside 14 days of booking date, no charge
Meditation at Work
Team Sessions with Heart
The Buddhist Centre offers a range of options for local businesses and other organisations interested in bringing an approach of mindfulness and positivity to their work. Small and medium sized teams may wish to come to us – an attractive, affordable location right in the heart of Manchester, maybe with lunch at the renowned Earth vegetarian café. Or we can come to you, if that would work better. We can, at its simplest, offer meeting space with a little extra, right through to a complete tailor-made programme.
A package to suit your workplace
Typical packages are for full or half days and are led by a team of experienced teachers and facilitators, working with you on your requirements. We also offer shorter sessions on two themes – Cultivating Awareness and Cultivating Positivity. These include a practical introduction to meditation, with a focus on the part it can play in our daily lives.
Pricing varies with different packages but usually start at around £250 for a half day here at our Centre, and £150 for a one-hour session at your premises. Special rates for charities and voluntary groups may be possible.
Get in touch
- Please contact the Business Outreach Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous satisfied customers include the Albert Kennedy Trust, Big Life Centres, the Co-Op Group, Great Places Housing, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Selfridges.
Bodywise Natural Health
Enhancing physical and emotional health
Located on the Buddhist Centre’s second floor, Bodywise practitioners work together in a spirit of generosity, co-operation and compassion. A beautiful studio hosts classes and workshops alongside three treatment rooms.
Through the practice of yoga we begin to slow down, re-inhabit our bodies and rediscover the natural rhythm that supports our well being. Bodywise’s yoga teachers are all experienced practitioners, trained in a number of styles.
There are drop-in sessions, bookable courses, weekend workshops and one-to-one sessions. Specialist classes include pregnancy yoga, parents and babies yoga, yoga for chronic fatigue, as well as Chi Kung, Pilates, Feldenkrais method and other movement practices.
- Yoga and movement classes on Bodywise’s website
Therapies at Bodywise
Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, career coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu and more.
- Details of therapies on Bodywise’s website
Breathworks and Mindfulness
Breathworks delivers mindfulness teacher training and courses to help those living with pain, long-term health conditions and stress live happier and healthier lives, through its mindfulness-based programs.
How Breathworks started
Breathworks grew out of the experience of Vidyamala Burch, who has suffered from severe chronic back pain for most of her adult life following a spinal injury in her teens. Since 2004, Breathworks has grown within the UK and internationally.
Breathworks runs courses in Manchester and many other locations as well as by telephone and online. Breathworks website has full details of local Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses, plus Mindfulness Taster Sessions. We have training programmes to become a Breathworks accredited teacher, and for health and social care professionals wishing to bring mindfulness into their work.
We also arrange bespoke courses and training for organisations looking to introduce mindfulness into your workplace. Vidyamala’s books and guided meditation CDs are available direct from Breathworks or from the Buddhist Centre shop.
Daytime Café and Juice Bar
In the Buddhist Centre’s basement, Earth is a relaxing and comfortable place to enjoy delicious, healthy and affordable vegan and vegetarian food, coffee, cakes and juices. You don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan, just into great, healthy home-cooked food.
Everything is available to eat in or take out and outside catering is also available – no more beige buffets!
Contact Earth Café
Currently closed due to Coronavirus – more information on home page
Currently closed due to Coronavirus – more information on home page
- Mondays to Fridays: 10 – 4
- Saturdays and Sundays: closed
- Bank holidays: usually closed
Opening Times & more