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We are a Triratna Buddhist Centre
Manchester Buddhist Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community
The Triratna Buddhist Community is a worldwide movement, founded by our teacher, Sangharakshita in 1967. Triratna is a Sanskrit word meaning three jewels. Traditionally Buddhism has Three Jewels that we put at the heart of our lives – the Buddha as example, his teachings or Dharma, and the Sangha or community.
Manchester Buddhist Centre opened in 1977, and moved to its present home in the Northern Quarter in 1996. Once a derelict Victorian warehouse, our building is now a place of simplicity and beauty
Manchester Buddhist Centre’s Vision
We take our inspiration from the Buddha and how he transformed himself. We believe that is possible for us all. Our teaching and practice is based on the work of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder and teacher – often called Bhante. We have a clear path of training to help people deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism. We value the importance of friendship to help us deepen our practice. It’s also important to us to reach out to the people of Manchester, and help with social and environmental issues. We encourage a vibrant culture of imaginative, artistic and creative exploration.
To underpin this we ensure that the Centre is an efficient, and well-resourced charity exemplifying Buddhist principles, benefitting the people of Manchester and beyond.
Visiting our beautiful building
We welcome visitors to our historic building – a converted cotton warehouse.
It retains many historical features, and recycled materials have often been used. The building’s conversion, carried out mainly by volunteers, became a symbol for transformation, as the fabric was stripped back and made anew. Warm earthy brick, plain wood, great expanses of glass, and slender iron pillars and beams now run through all six storeys, pervading the basement café, shrine rooms, yoga studio, social and working areas, even the staircases with the spirit of our practice.
Nothing is fixed or unchanging
Central to Buddhism is the knowledge that everything is impermanent. In 2016, we’re celebrating the twentieth anniversary of opening our present building and carrying out some much-needed renovations starting at the ground floor. We’re improving disabled access, adding soundproofing to the Lotus Hall ceiling, upgrading the kitchen area, shop and reception, and creating better space to meet friends old and new. Keeping the building’s earthy and natural feel is central to the work and we’ll have a new Buddha figure too, carved by Ajitasena and inspired by the idea of the Buddha walking in the streets of Manchester.
Drop in whenever we are open, or contact us to arrange a visit from your school or college. One of our meditation halls is usually available for personal meditation or just quiet sitting, but it’s safest to ring first on 0161 834 9232 to check availability.
Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable lawThe Buddha