Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre Manchester

Kagyu Ling, the first Buddhist centre to be founded in Manchester, was established in 1975 by Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye. The centre allows people to learn the systems of meditation and study of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Buddhism, whose spiritual head is the Karmapa Lama.

Through its connection with Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye , the centre has been visited by many of the most distinguished Tibetan masters of modern times. These masters have included His Holiness the 16th Karmapa,  His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Shamar Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche.

There is currently a project underway to further develop the centre’s facilities.

Kagyu Ling is run by volunteers and funded by donations. Please contact the centre if you would like to help by making a regular contribution. Kagyu Ling is administered by Kagyu Dechen Buddhism, Charity number 1145791.

Contact the Centre

Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre
45 Manor Drive

M21 7QG

Contact: manchester@dechen.org

+44 (0)161 850 4450





Meditation Classes

Morning and Evening Meditation classes provide an introduction to tranquillity meditation through which we can develop a stable, clear and peaceful state of mind. The class consists of simple instructions followed by a short meditation session.

Saturday and Wednesday morning classes provide an introduction to Buddhist teachings as well as meditation. A brief period of tranquillity meditation is followed by a presentation of one of the key teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path.

Day Time Class/Course Facility Fee
Mondays (no class on 18th/25th Aug) 10 - 11am Morning Meditation Donations Welcome
Tuesdays 11am - noon Didsbury Meditation Class (click for details) Donations Welcome
Tuesdays 8 - 9pm Evening Meditation Donations Welcome
Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30am Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Donations Welcome
Wednesdays 8 - 9pm Evening Meditation Donations Welcome
Thursdays 8 - 9pm Mind Training Donations welcome.
Fridays 7 - 8pm Evening Meditation Donations Welcome
Saturdays 11am - noon Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Donations Welcome

The Centre also runs an extensive daily programme of group meditation practices (known as ‘pujas’) including the meditations of Chenrezik and Green Tara. We also celebrate the annual holy days of Buddha. Participation in some pujas is restricted to those who have received Refuge or received other prerequisites of practice.

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Major Events at the Centre:

Other Centre Activities

Drupdra Practice Days

These are open to anyone who has received the appropriate reading transmission (click to see details).

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It is possible to request a dedication of one of the pujas, on behalf of and for the benefit of someone who may be ill or who has recently died. Please email for further details: manchester@dechen.org.


Further meditation classes and teachings are given each summer at the Sakya retreat centre in the Dordogne, France, Sakya Changlochen Ling.

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Educational Visits

Kagyu Ling accommodates school and youth groups interested in visiting places of worship. Sessions can include: an interactive tour of the shrine room, an introduction to Buddhism and meditation along with the opportunity to meet a practitioner.
For further information email: education.manchester@dechen.org


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