Manchester Buddhist Centre has been awarded the North West Multi-Faith Tourism Association’s Marque of Excellence for its outstanding welcome to visitors, tourists, and people new to the Centre
Our Centre was thoroughly assessed on various criteria, and it was seen to be an outstanding example of excellence — in fact the assessor said that she had “never written a report with quite so many overall category ratings of Excellent”!
An extract from their report says:
“Manchester Buddhist Centre is an outstanding example of a sacred site that not only offers the visitor a genuinely holistic experience that touches the mind, the body and the spirit in equal measure, but also offers a vision of work as a spiritual practice. All are welcomed to visit and to engage with the site at whatever level they wish. Everything about the site is a reflection of the ethos and philosophy of Buddhism
It is located in a Victorian warehouse, part of the city’s industrial heritage, which has been sensitively renovated, honouring the history and character of the original building, and with regard to making it as environmentally sustainable as possible
It is known as an ‘urban oasis’ – part of its attraction is the sense of peace, calm and reflection that visitors feel when they visit the building. Visitors are welcome to sit in the reception area or tea area and relax from the stresses of the busy city outside its doors. The Buddhist Centre is very much a place of spiritual practice and there is a clear path of development and commitment to Buddhist practice for those who wish to know more”
Manchester Buddhist Centre joins four other faith sites in Greater Manchester awarded the Marque of Excellence:
- Manchester Cathedral
- The Jewish Museum
- Cross Street Unitarian Church
- The Parish Church of St. Peter, Bolton
We also join other major faith sites across the North West, including Liverpool’s Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals, and also the Manjushri Buddhist Temple, Conishead Priory, Ulverston in Cumbria.
The award brings a lovely plaque saying Visitors Welcome on the outside of the building, and we will be promoted as a must see attraction by the tourist board.
This award is much deserved and is a testament to the hard work done by staff, volunteers, trustees and teachers. Thanks to everyone who make the Centre the jewel in the city that it is!