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.

We sadly can’t usually offer online or mail order sales, but we’re selling gift vouchers over the phone when the shop’s open – get in touch! 

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 the Kula Crafts stall in December, shrine goods sale in spring and other special sales from time to time.

Opening Times:

• Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11am - 3pm
• Sat: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Bodywise opening times
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Soap in shop

Educational Visits

Welcoming Community Groups, Schools and Students of all Ages

Before the pandemic, thousands of school and college students would come to the Buddhist Centre each year to explore Buddhism and see the Centre at work. We also welcomed community groups. Things are slowly getting back to normal now, so do contact us to talk about what kind of visits and online alternatives we can currently offer.

Group visits

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.

We can also offer a Buddhist visitor in your school, in both the classroom and assemblies for primary to AS/A2 level.

Online options are available too.


More information and bookings

Meditation - stilling exercise with school children
Thank you for the professional and friendly way in which you shared with our pupils the Buddhist vision of life, in what was an engaging, welcoming and reassuring environment. They were clearly impressed and enriched

We meditated for about ten minutes. It was fantastic, the longest time I’ve ever sat still and quiet
Pupil, Year 4

Room Hire

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. Room hire has of course become more complicated since the start of the pandemic. Things change quickly so do contact us to talk about possibilities.

More information and booking

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Meeting in Buddhist Centre Library

Library – seats six to 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 eight to 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

Cancellation policy

  • 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. 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. All in-person sessions have of course become more complicated since the start of the pandemic. Things change quickly so do contact us to talk about possible future arrangements.

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.

Typical prices

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

Three people meeting at Buddhist Centre

Track record

Previous satisfied customers include the Albert Kennedy Trust, Big Life Centres, the Co-Op Group, Great Places Housing, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Selfridges.

The feedback was fantastic – we highly recommend the sessions to other businesses!
Local company

. . . relaxed and more able to cope with pressures afterwards
Workplace participant

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.

Therapies at Bodywise

Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, career coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu and more.

Photo of yoga class at Bodywise, Manchester Buddhist Centre

Contact Bodywise

16 – 20 Turner Street
M4 1DZ
0161 833 2528
Our second floor reception is usually open Monday to Friday, check website or contact us for arrangements during coronavirus situation


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.

Vidyamala, Breathworks Founder

Mindfulness Courses

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.

Contact Breathworks

16 – 20 Turner Street
M4 1DZ
0161 834 1110

Basement Café

A time of Change

After Earth Café’s sad demise after so many years, Four Side Vegan Pizza occupied the Centre’s basement for a year or so before themselves moving on. We’re now taking steps to continue making this atmospheric space available for the provision of delicious food in line with our ethical values. We hope to welcome Soul Kitchen in summer 2022 – watch this space!

Window in basement cafe

The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem

Tsong Khapa

14th century Tibetan Buddhist teacher

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232
Please contact us by email when we're closed

Opening Times & more

Opening Times:

• Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11am - 3pm
• Sat: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Bodywise opening times
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Charity details
Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity (registration no. 514937). More information in our entry on the Charity Commission website - search charity list on 514937

Mission statement from our charity registration

The advancement of the Buddhist religion, in particular:

  1. To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha
  2. To support ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and other duly ordained Buddhists at the discretion of the Council of Manchester Buddhist Centre
  3. To maintain close communication with, and work under the guidance of, the Triratna Buddhist Order and in co-operation with other groups with the same objects
  4. To use applications of the Buddha’s teaching to promote the health and well-being of all
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