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, calendars 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, Green People 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
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.
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.
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.
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
- Or 0161 839 95799
A Buddhist visitor in your school?
We offer Buddhist classroom-based workshops and 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
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 enrichedTeacher
We meditated for about ten minutes. It was fantastic, the longest time I’ve ever sat still and quietPupil, Year 4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 have received a very generous donation for a street level lift, and work on the required permissions, regulations and so on is being completed for installation in 2018.
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
- 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
Previous satisfied customers include the Albert Kennedy Trust, Big Life Centres, the Co-Op Group, Great Places Housing, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Selfridges.
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).
- Contact Chandana at email@example.com
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.
- Yoga and movement classes on Bodywise’s website
Therapies at Bodywise
Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, career coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu and more.
- Details of therapies on Bodywise’s website
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. The Centre has received a very generous donation for a street level lift, and work on the required permissions, regulations and so on is being completed for installation in 2018.
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.
Breathworks runs courses in Manchester and many other locations as well as by telephone and online. Breathworks website gives full details of local Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses, plus Mindfulness Taster Sessions. 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.
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 atmosphereHandif, Trip Advisor
The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious then the rarest gemTsong Khapa
Opening Times & more
Opening times:Mon - Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Fri: 10am - 5.30pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Bank hols - see calendar
Charity reg no: 514937