Buddhism and Meditation in the heart of Manchester
Manchester Buddhist Centre Buddha statue


Manchester Buddhist Centre welcomes everyone. You can explore Buddhism, learn meditation and much more

Women at Buddhist Centre

Discover Buddhism

By practising Buddhism we can make real changes, fulfil our potential and live a more meaningful life with others . . . read more

Meditation class

Learn to meditate

Mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation helps us feel more whole, more positive, with a bigger perspective on our lives . . . read more

What’s On

Thu 27

A Taste of Meditation, Lunchtime

Thu 27th Oct : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri 28

Prostration Practice

Fri 28th Oct : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fri 28

A Taste of Meditation, Lunchtime

Fri 28th Oct : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri 28

Northern Women’s GFR Weekend – Fully Booked

Fri 28th Oct : 4:00 pm - Sun 30th Oct : 4:00 pm
Sat 29

Tools for living your Life

Sat 29th Oct : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun 30

Day for Women Mitras

Sun 30th Oct : 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

New to the Buddhist Centre? Read a leaflet

Manchester Buddhist Centre shop

Bookshop and more

A wide range of Buddhist books, ethical goods and gifts. Also school visits, team days and room hire . . . read more

I saw people who exemplified Buddhist principles
— not as a theory,
but as something alive

Centre regular

News Tweets

What else goes on here?

People in a Bodywise yoga class

Bodywise Natural Health Centre

Yoga classes and natural therapies at Bodywise on our second floor…read more

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks


Mindfulness courses for chronic pain and stress…read more

Food in Earth vegetarian café

Earth Café

Delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian food in our basement….read more

We are a Triratna Buddhist Centre

Gathering of Triratna Buddhist Order

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.

Read more about the Buddhist Centre

Front of Manchester Buddhist Centre

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.

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.

Read more about visiting

Photo of Manchester Buddhist Centre wooden stairwell

Celebrating Twenty Years at Turner Street

Our past and future

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, so that we’re ready for the next twenty years.

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 have a new Buddha figure too, carved by Ajitasena and inspired by the idea of the Buddha walking in the streets of Manchester.

Our Twentieth Anniversary

Clear Vision’s Newsbyte about our anniversary celebrations

The Centre in 1996

Restoring and opening Manchester Buddhist Centre at Turner Street

Celebrating Twenty Years

Some of our Buddhist Community speak in our anniversary year

Photo of Ajitasena Carving Wooden Buddha at Manchester Buddhist Centre

Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable law

The Buddha

The Dhammapada

Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ

0161 834 9232

Opening Times & more

Opening times:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
Charity reg no: 514937


16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ

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