Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre, Manchester

Kagyu Ling Buddhist CentreManchester’s first Buddhist centre

Kagyu Ling was established in Chorlton in 1975. It was the first Buddhist centre in Manchester and one of the first Kagyu centres in the UK.

For more than 40 years Kagyu Ling has provided a welcoming place for people to learn about, study and practise Buddhism and meditation.

The Buddhist scholar and meditation master  Lama Jampa Thaye established Kagyu Ling with the encouragement and support of his main teacher Karma Thinley Rinpoche. It is now the north west base for the Kagyu Dechen Buddhist community.

Kagyu Ling is a thriving, busy centre with a rich spiritual heritage. Above all, we welcome newcomers who want to find out more about Buddhism and meditation.

Kagyu masters

Over the years, Kagyu Ling has welcomed many great Tibetan masters, for example the 16th and 17th Karmapas, Shamar Rinpoche, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

In addition to major teachings by Lama Jampa Thaye and other renowned teachers, Kagyu Ling runs a programme of events. This includes, for example, meditation classes, which are now provided online, and pujas. We also arrange introductory evenings, study groups, retreats and practice days.

Kagyu Ling video

Watch this short video to find out more about Kagyu Ling.

Oasis of calm

Kagyu Ling moved to its current location at 45 Manor Drive, Chorlton, M21 7QG in 2007. Set in nearly an acre of beautiful gardens, it is an oasis of calm in the vibrant city of Manchester. The Kagyu Ling shop sells books on meditation and Buddhism along with incense, statues, ritual items and a range of fair trade goods.

Meditation at Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre

Meditation classes take place throughout the week. These are now online, due to the coronavirus situation. Newcomers are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

More classes

Mainly Meditation Mornings offer the opportunity for newcomers to meditation, and those with experience, to practise together. Find more details about Mainly Meditation Mornings.

Mind Training: Mind training (lojong) sessions take place every Thursday from 8pm to 9pm.  Find more information about mind training classes.

Our community

Kagyu Buddhism is about people. Visit our community pages to find photos, blogs and updates.