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:The Centre's reception and shop are open 11am - 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10.30am - 2.30pm on Saturdays, with a few Sundays at the end of the year too. Mostly closed last week in December though. Some events, classes and activities are online for now, so do join us there too. Join our mailing list to stay up to date, or keep an eye on our news page and social media. Please check Bodywise's website for their separate opening arrangements.
We also have a reference library
With over a thousand titles. Mitras and Order members can borrow too. Check with reception first in pandemic times.
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. Educational visits are of course more difficult now. Things change quickly so do contact us to talk about possible future 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.
More information and bookings
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 bookings
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 difficult since the start of the pandemic. Things change quickly so do contact us to talk about possible future arrangements.
More information and booking
Contact Sthirajyoti on Sthirajyoti@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
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
- 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 difficult 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 starting discussions on how to continue making this this atmospheric space available for the provision of delicious food in line with our ethical values.
The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem
Opening Times & more