How to get here
In the Northern Quarter
We are located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, among many cafés, independent shops, Indian restaurants, the Craft Centre, Chinese Arts Centre and some beautifully preserved historic architecture.
Contact Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester M4 1DZ
0161 834 9232
Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ
Buddhist Centre Opening Times
Transport to Turner Street
- Victoria and Piccadilly train stations, or take the tram to Shudehill
- Shudehill and Market Street tram stops
- Piccadilly and Shudehill bus stations
- High Street (Arndale) NCP carpark, Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY, 0845 050 7080. 24 hours / 7 days
- Church Street NCP car park, M4 1LX, 0845 050 7080. 6am – 10pm / 7 days
- There are several disabled people’s parking bays on and near Turner Street
- Please consider cycling, using public transport or car sharing
- There are bike racks at the corner of High Street and Turner Street
- Look out for the Earth Cafe sign if you’re lost – it’s in our basement
We welcome visitors with disabilities. We have:
- Lift to all public floors
- Disabled-friendly toilet on the ground floor
- Loop systems for hearing aid users in both halls
- However there are six steps up with handrails on both sides to the main entrance
We are committed to complete accessibility for disabled people by making the main entrance wheelchair-accessible. Due to the enormous generosity of a Sangha member, we will now be able to cover the £40 — 50,000 cost of installing external lift access in 2017.
If you are attending a course or event, please email us with any medical needs that you think we should be aware of, to make your experience as enjoyable as we can. We are used to helping people with difficulties or disabilities to find a meditation posture that works for them, whether on cushions, mats or chairs.
Parents, babies, children
- Baby changing facilities in the ground floor toilet
- Two high chairs in Earth Cafe
- Use the ground floor kitchen to heat food and feed your baby
- Buggy access as above. We will help if we can
- Young people and teens are welcome at our classes
- Children are welcome to attend many of our events if accompanied by an adult. Young attention spans may struggle with lengthy periods of meditation though, so please contact us in advance if you are concerned about suitability
- Read our Child Protection Policy – pdf format
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About the Centre
Manchester Buddhist Centre
The Centre is a registered charity, run by a small team of paid members of our Buddhist community, or Sangha, along with many volunteers.
Several other separately-run Buddhist organisations are also based in our six-storey building, along with a small residential Buddhist community.
We are part of the Triratna Buddhist tradition, an active partner in the Network of Buddhist Organisations, and we welcome Buddhists of all traditions to our Centre, along with all members of the community.
This building’s not just ours, it is part of the history of ManchesterSangha member
Charity details and policies
A registered charity
- The Centre is a registered charity (registration no. 514937). More information in our entry on the Charity Commission website – search charity list on 514937
- About our finances
The trustees of the Manchester Buddhist Centre recognise their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children aged under 18 visiting or involved in Manchester Buddhist Centre activities, and are committed to their protection.
- Our Child Protection Policy – pdf format
Aiming to be ethical and sustainable
The Centre is continually working towards becoming an ethical and environnmentally sustainable place in the heart of Manchester. We seek to encourage and support vegetarianism and veganism, fair trade and a low carbon footprint.
The Centre was awarded the status of Fairtrade Temple in July 2015.
Working with others
We often work on specific projects with other charities and groups, including Karuna, Young Indian Futures and the local Booth Centre for homeless people.
Triratna is an active partner in the UK’s main inter-Buddhist forum, the Network of Buddhist Organisations and our Centre also works actively with many friends from other traditions through the Manchester Buddhist Convention.
Events: Cancellations and refunds
If you can’t come to an event you have booked on, you can:
- Transfer to a similar event when possible
- Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
- Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date
Sorry, we can’t transfer bookings for events with a visiting leader, or for residential retreats.
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Mission statement from our charity registration
The advancement of the Buddhist religion, in particular:
- To encourage members and others to live in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha
- To support ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and other duly ordained Buddhists at the discretion of the Council of Manchester Buddhist Centre
- 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
- To use applications of the Buddha’s teaching to promote the health and well-being of all
Who runs the Centre?
Our Trustees are legally responsible for the running of the Buddhist Centre and its courses. The Chair is responsible for the Centre’s spiritual direction and integrity. The Centre Team, other employees and the Centre’s teachers put the Board of Trustees’ vision into practice.
We also have a President – a senior Order Member from outside the local situation, who can hold an objective and long-term perspective.
See Who’s Who for pictures
Board of Trustees
- Arthavadin – Chair
- Silabodhi – Treasurer
Our President is Arthapriya from Cambridge Buddhist Centre, and Karunavajri is secretary to the Trustees.
And the day to day running?
- Our Chairman is Arthavadin, who looks after the spiritual direction of the Centre
- Dayanandi is the women’s Mitra convenor, assisted by Alokasanna
- Arthaketu is the men’s Mitra convenor, assisted by Aparajita
There are four part-time and three full-time staff:
- Suryaka Centre manager
- Sundeep Grewal Administration
- Chandana Programme / teaching
- Paul Whitehead Reception and shop
- Vishangka Fundraising and publicity
- Sara Inkster Finance
- Steven Hodson-Ridgway Maintenance, health and safety
Their email addresses follow the same pattern – first name at manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
See Who’s Who for pictures
Who is responsible for teaching?
The Red Lotus Kula is responsible for the overall direction of teaching and events:
Our teachers are ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and those training for ordination. They are well-trained and experienced practitioners, who teach in a friendly, informal way and communicate from their own experience.
You can see some of our teachers in Who’s Who
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Visiting the Centre and our History
Many People visit our Beautiful Building
We welcome visitors whenever we are open. Our receptionist can give you information about the building’s restoration and the many beautiful artworks.
- Arrange a visit from your school or college
- Manchester Buddhist Centre history and artworks – pdf
- The building’s restoration and finances – pdf
- An English Heritage funded research project discusses the Buddhist Centre building
- From the Ground Floor Up – transforming the Buddhist Centre in our twentieth year here
We see our shrine rooms on the first floor as sacred space. You are very welcome to visit them when they are not in use, but we do ask you to take off your shoes, remain quiet and not bring food or drink into them please.
Moving to the Northern Quarter
In this short film made by Clear Vision in Autumn 1996, Mokshapriya shows the restoration and opening of the Centre:
Radiate boundless love towards the entire world – above, below, and across – unhindered, without ill will, without enmityThe Buddha