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, changes our perspective . . . read more

Manchester Buddhist Centre shop


A wide range of Buddhist books, meditation and yoga kit, ethical goods and gifts. . . read more

What’s On

Clean-up Tuesday

Photo of volunteer cleaningTue 25th Apr : 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Every Tuesday
12:00 pm

A Taste of Meditation, Lunchtime

photo of woman meditatingTue 25th Apr : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Every weekday
1:00 pm

A Taste of Meditation, Early Evening

Woman Meditating in Lotus HallTue 25th Apr : 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
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Every Tuesday
5:45 pm

A Taste of Meditation, Lunchtime

photo of woman meditatingWed 26th Apr : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Every weekday
1:00 pm

A Taste of Meditation, Lunchtime

photo of woman meditatingThu 27th Apr : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Every weekday
1:00 pm

A Taste of Meditation, Early Evening

Woman Meditating in Lotus HallThu 27th Apr : 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
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Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:45 pm

News Tweets

What else goes on here?

Meditating child

School Visits, Room Hire and Team Days

Educational visits, meeting rooms, and well-being days for teams…read more

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

Patricia in Earth vegetarian café

Earth Café

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

Our Centre

Manchester Buddhist Centre’s Vision

Manchester Buddhist Centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, founded by Sangharakshita in 1967.

We opened in 1977, and moved to our present home in the Northern Quarter in 1996. Once a derelict Victorian warehouse, our building is now a place of simplicity and beauty

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. 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.

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.

Video highlighting the life of Manchester Buddhist Centre

How to visit us

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.

Staircase in Buddhist Centre

Looking after our Present and Future

In 2016, we celebrated our twentieth anniversary at Turner Street, and began some much-needed renovations to the ground floor of the building. Work is continuing into 2017. 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.

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

The Buddha

The Dhammapada

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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