Manchester Buddhist Centre was built on Generosity
Through our own Efforts
In the 1990s a committed group of men and women, mostly working for free, transformed a run down Victorian warehouse into a beautiful jewel. Since then, hundreds more have given time, skills and money to help the Centre communicate Buddhist teachings and meditation to thousands of people. Manchester Buddhist Centre is a registered charity with no outside funding or wealthy benefactors.
We get some income from courses, events, room hire and rents from others in the building, but these don’t cover all our costs. We rely on the continuing generosity of our Sangha, visitors and supporters to keep the Centre and its activities alive and growing.
Generosity in the Wider World
Many of our community give time and money to local and international causes, as compassion, generosity and the importance of connections between us are central to the practice of Buddhism. Combining a spiritual practice with action for change in the wider world has become known as socially engaged Buddhism.
The Centre’s Engaged Buddhist Kula organises many local fundraising and working initiatives through the year, often in partnership with local homelessness charities, and also organises activities in Manchester during Buddhist Action Month in June each year.
Many members of our community are also heavily involved in charities in India and other parts of the world, often spending time there in volunteer work as well as fundraising from nearer home. Others do chaplaincy work.
One step on Buddhism’s eightfold path is right or skilful action, which encourages us to develop and express compassion and kindness for the welfare of all living beings and for our worldEngaged Buddhist Kula
Ways to give
How you can help the Buddhist Centre
As a charity (registration no. 514937), we rely on the generosity of people who value the Centre. Here are some ways you can help.
We always welcome donations in the Centre’s donation bowls. No amount is too large or too small. You can also make a credit or debit card donation by telephone or in person.
Standing orders are particularly helpful. They enable us to budget effectively. Over 150 people are already giving like this. Print off a Standing Order Form or get one at the Centre, and please pass the completed form direct to us, not your bank. If you are a UK tax payer you can gift aid your donation.
You can make an easy one-off donation through our BT MyDonate page. Please gift aid your donation if you can.
Make a one-off donation through our My Donate page – no need to register, and we pay no fee or commission
Leaving a gift in your will
If you are thinking about making a will, please consider including a bequest to the Centre. Satyadasa offers a will-writing service for UK members and friends of the Triratna Buddhist Community, and his website has useful information on why and how to make a will.
Give things as well as money
We always welcome fair-trade tea bags, soya milk, loo rolls, heavy duty bin bags and so on. Helps keep our bills down, and drinks freely available to visitors.
Volunteers raise over £4,000 a year from the ground floor second hand book stall. Please bring in any books you no longer need, any subject! Crafts and shrine goods welcome for our regular stalls too.
Choose the Buddhist Centre as your charity in a sponsored event, through a My Donate page
About our Finances
It all costs money . . .
Here are the facts and figures of the Centre’s income, spending and activities. You can read a detailed summary in our annual return to the Charity Commission. This covers the latest twelve month period we have figures for – 2016.
Where does the Buddhist Centre's Money come from?
- Bookshop sales – £63,752
- Charges for courses and events – £68,362
- Rental income (right livelihood businesses) – £47,212
- Rental income (spiritual communities) – £59,100
- Room hire and other income – £16,242
- Donations and legacies, including gift aid – £175,187
- Total income – £429,855
Where does the Money go?
- Staff costs – £148,979
- Bookshop stock & expenses £40,927
- Services / Utilities £43,463
- Maintenance/H&S £19,473
- Loans / mortgages / interest £5,959
- Administration – £13,348
- Depreciation – £14,395
- Other costs – £36,835 £
- Governance costs – £4,776
- Total expenditure – £328,155
(2016’s expenditure was lower than income: we had a very high profile and successful fundraising effort in 2016 for the refurbishment of, and disabled access to, the Centre’s ground floor, and some of the donation income from 2016 is reserved for completing this project in 2017)
Who did we help?
Activities and Involvement 2016
- 35,000 people visited the Centre
- 6,000 people learned about Buddhism and meditation
- 1,500 school and college students visited and learned about Buddhism
- 78 people attended study groups here each week
- 15 people who attend the Centre became Mitras (Buddhists committed to training and practising within the Triratna Buddhist Community)
- 9 people who attend the Centre made formal requests to join the Triranta Buddhist Order
- 16 people lived in the three Buddhist residential communities owned and managed by the Centre
Volunteering at the Centre
The Centre depends on a lot of volunteers giving their time and energy. If you are a regular at the Centre, and have completed a Buddhism Level 2 course or often come to Tools for Living your Life on Saturdays, then talk to us about your skills and what you can offer.
We need people to clean, decorate and fix things, and from time to time we seek volunteers with specific skills, or to lend a hand at events. Helping out is a chance to be at the heart of things, make friends and know that your actions make a difference to hundreds of people every week. You can help regularly or just now and then.
Cleaning together on Tuesdays
Clean-up Tuesdays are a great place to start – an hour or two on Tuesday lunchtimes keeping the Centre beautiful and spending time together – see Calendar.
It was great working as a team with other members of our Sangha who I had never met before or just knew by face. It makes me feel that I am part of the Centre and not just a visitorVolunteer
Please contact Paul Whitehead on 0161 834 9232 or *protected email*
Stan Kukalowicz Bursary Fund
Stan was a much-loved member of our Sangha who sadly died in 2014.
Throughout his life Stan had wanted to help those in need. He had been keen to set up a bursary fund to help Sangha members in financial difficulty to get on retreat and also wanted to encourage our practice of generosity.
Stan touched the lives of many people so a bursary fund in his name seemed a fitting tribute. The fantastic generosity of Stan’s friends and family after his death enabled us to do this.
About the Retreat Fund
The fund is primarily to help people, who couldn’t normally afford it, to go on one of Manchester Buddhist Centre’s weekend Sangha retreats – mixed, men’s or women’s.
If there is enough left in the fund we would also like to help Sangha members, who can’t afford it, to attend a retreat at a Triratna retreat centre.
Giving to the Fund
You can contribute online through our My Donate page or directly through reception.
The fund is already helping the Sangha in the way that Stan hoped.
Applying to the Retreat Fund
Who can apply?
- Anyone who has completed a Buddhism level 2 course can apply for money towards one of our Manchester Sangha retreats
- Mitras and Order members can apply for money towards a retreat at any of the Triratna retreat centres
- Maximum is £200 per person per year
How to apply
Start by contacting one of our Mitra Convenors:
- *protected email*
- *protected email*
- Or ring them on 0161 834 9232
In a sense, giving is the basic Buddhist virtue without which you can hardly call yourself a Buddhist. It consists not so much in the act of giving as in the feeling of wanting to give, of wanting to share what you have with other people. This feeling of wanting to give or share is often the first manifestation of the spiritual life.Sangharakshita
Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ
Opening Times & more
Opening times:Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
Charity reg no: 514937