What else goes on here?
Buddha figure in the bookshop

Books and ethical gifts

Shop for Buddhas, meditation and yoga gear and more . . . read more

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Yoga, massage, shiatsu, counselling . . . read more

child meditating during school visit

School visits

Educational visits at the Centre or at your school . . . read more



Bringing mindfulness to pain and stress . . . read more

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Room hire

Our library seats ten and the meeting room nine . . . read more

Photo Patricia in Earth Cafe

Earth Café

Delicious vegetarian and vegan daytime cafe . . . read more

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Team days

Built around your needs, in a calm, beautiful setting . . . read more

The Centre exudes a peaceful and positive atmosphere. I love it!

Centre visitor


Books, Buddhas and Ethical Gifts

Open six days a week, 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.

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.

In the Buddhist Centre Shop . . .

  • Books on Buddhism and meditation, vegetarian cookery, day to day mindfulness and more. We also have CDs, magazines and a great second hand section – fiction too
  • Meditation equipment – locally made 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
  • Thangkas, printed or hand-painted, vajras, bells and other Buddhist ritual items
  • Yoga equipment – mats, blocks, straps, bolsters
  • Greetings cards and gifts, including hand-made ceramics by Dayanandi plus gift vouchers if you can’t decide
  • Toiletries, soaps 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

Opening times:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
Buddhist Centre books and ethical gift shop
Some of our Suppliers

Buddha statues and singing bowls

These come from Dhiramati, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and Siesta Crafts, a member of BAFTS, the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers. Dhiramati trades with small, family-run craft businesses in Nepal and part of his business’s profits support the Green Tara Trust, working with women there.

Meditation stools

These are hand crafted using ‘Eco’ hard wood by Zazen, a small UK-based independent business. Viramitra’s Kindseats are made from birchwood ply sourced from sustainably-managed forests in Finland

Malas or meditation beads

Made here in Manchester by Buddhist Goodies – a Triratna Buddhist small business

Meditation mats and cushions

From Alpha Cushions, a local family-run business

We also have a Library

Our second floor reference library has over a thousand titles and is available to use whenever the room is not hosting a meeting – please ask at reception. Order members and Mitras can also borrow books – particularly useful for study group members.

We always welcome donations of Dharma books, especially from the Triratna Buddhist tradition.

School Visits

Welcoming Students of All Ages

Thousands of school children and college students come to the Buddhist Centre each year to explore Buddhism and see the Centre at work. Our acclaimed education service is run by Clear Vision, based here at the Centre.

Group visits

School, college and community groups of all ages are welcome on guided visits, with a tour of the ground floor and shrine room, discussion, questions and answers, and an optional meditative stilling exercise. Details are on the school visits page of the Clear Vision website.

Group visit enquiries and bookings

A Buddhist visitor in your school?

We offer Buddhist drama and storytelling workshops and also assemblies for primary to AS/A2 level. We can bring the RE syllabus to life, and explore Buddhist perspectives on citizenship, community cohesion, identity, and PHSE themes.

  • £50 per hour, or £240 for the whole day, including expenses

Enquiries and bookings

Teaching materials for Buddhism in schools

Clear Vision makes award-winning audio-visual materials for Buddhism in your classroom. See also their FAQ pages, Ask a Buddhist!

Meditation - stilling exercise with school children

Thank you for the professional and friendly way in which you shared with our pupils the Buddhist vision of life, in what was an engaging, welcoming and reassuring environment. They were clearly impressed and enriched


We meditated for about ten minutes. It was fantastic, the longest time I’ve ever sat still and quiet

Pupil, Year 4

Room Hire

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. We may be able to negotiate special rates for charities and voluntary agencies – give us a ring.

More information and booking

Contact Sundeep on ku.gr1493116940o.ert1493116940nects1493116940ihddu1493116940brets1493116940ehcna1493116940m@pee1493116940dnus1493116940 or 0161 834 9232.


The rooms we hire out are on the second floor, and we have a lift to all public floors. There are toilets on all three floors and a disabled-friendly one on the ground floor, with baby-changing facilities.

There are six steps up from street level to the front door of the Buddhist Centre though. We are committed to complete accessibility for disabled people by making the main entrance wheelchair-accessible and thanks to the enormous generosity of a Sangha member, we will now finally be able to cover the £40,000 cost of installing external lift access in 2017.

Meeting in Buddhist Centre Library

Library – seats 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 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
  • Lunch at Earth Cafe – contact us for details

Cancellation policy

  • Within 7 days of booking date, half agreed cost
  • Within 14 days of booking date, £30
  • Outside 14 days of booking date, no charge

Away Days for Teams

Team Days with Heart

At the Buddhist Centre we have everything a small to medium team might need. At an attractive, affordable location right in the heart of Manchester we can offer meeting space with a bit extra.

Put together your own package

Typical packages are for full or half days, and might combine some ‘business’ time in one of our two relaxing meeting spaces with a mixture of appealing, life-affirming activities led by specialist teachers.

We can help you to put together your own mix, including any or all of:

  • Meditation for beginners
  • Gentle yoga
  • Chi kung – easy-to-learn exercises for relaxing, calming and balancing energy
  • Short talks about Buddhist belief and practice
  • Lunch at the renowned Earth vegetarian café

Track record

Previous satisfied customers include the Albert Kennedy Trust, Big Life Centres, the Co-Op Group, Great Places Housing, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Selfridges.

Typical prices

Pricing varies with different packages but in general would start around £250 for a half day, and £500 for a full day (both excluding the option for lunch at Earth).

More information

Three people meeting at Buddhist Centre

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.

Photo of yoga class at Bodywise, Manchester Buddhist Centre

Therapies at Bodywise

Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, career coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu and more.

Contact Bodywise

16 – 20 Turner Street
M4 1DZ
0161 833 2528

Our second floor reception is open Monday to Friday.

While you can reach Bodywise by lift from the Buddhist Centre ground floor, building access is still via six steps from street level, to be remedied in 2017.


Breathworks and Mindfulness

Breathworks specialises in delivering 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 pain management program.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of present moment attention where you can clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they happen without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. This means you can make choices on how you respond to things, even in difficult circumstances.

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.

Vidyamala, Breathworks Founder

Mindfulness Courses

Breathworks runs courses in Manchester and many other locations as well as by telephone and online. 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 can 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 bookshop

Full details are on the separate Breathworks website:

Contact Breathworks

16 – 20 Turner Street
M4 1DZ
0161 834 1110

Earth Café

Daytime Café and Juice Bar

In the Buddhist Centre’s basement, Earth is a relaxing and comfortable place to enjoy delicious, healthy and affordable vegan and vegetarian food, coffee, cakes and juices. You don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan, just into great, healthy home-cooked food.

Everything is available to eat in or take out and outside catering is also available – no more beige buffets!

If you are aiming for vegetarian / vegan food in a relaxed atmosphere this place is great. Good choice of tasty food… Welcoming staff… Nice atmosphere

Handif, Trip Advisor

Patricia in Earth Cafe

Contact Earth Café

16 – 20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1DZ
0161 834 1996
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Opening times

  • Mondays to Fridays: 10 – 4
  • Saturdays: 10 – 5
  • Sundays: closed
  • Bank holidays: usually closed

The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious then the rarest gem

Tsong Khapa

14th century Tibetan Buddhist teacher

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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