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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.
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
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 continued through 2017 and is nearing the end. We’ve improved soundproofing in the Lotus Hall, upgraded the kitchen area, shop and reception, and created better space to meet friends old and new, keeping the building’s earthy and natural feel. The money for installing a street level lift to make the building fully accessible is being kept safely aside while this project goes through the complex planning, legal and technical processes required.
Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable lawThe Buddha
Opening Times & more
Opening times:Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
Charity reg no: 514937