Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre, Manchester

Kagyu Ling Buddhist CentreManchester’s first Buddhist centre

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

Established by Lama Jampa Thaye, with the encouragement and support of his main teacher Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Kagyu Ling has, for more than 40 years, provided the space for people to learn, study and practise Buddhism.

It is now the north west base for the Kagyu Dechen Buddhist community and is a thriving, busy centre with a rich spiritual heritage which welcomes newcomers who want to find out more about Buddhism and meditation.

Kagyu masters

Kagyu Ling has hosted many great Tibetan masters, including the 16th and 17th Karmapas, Shamar Rinpoche, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Alongside major teachings by Lama Jampa Thaye and other renowned teachers, the Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre also has a full programme of events and including meditation classes, introductory evenings, study groups, pujas (group meditations), group retreats and practice days.

Kagyu Ling video

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

Oasis of calm

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

Meditation at Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre

Meditation classes are held throughout the week. Newcomers are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

More classes

Mainly Meditation Saturdays are held regularly. These offer the opportunity for newcomers to meditation, and those with experience, to practise together. Find more details about Mainly Meditation Saturdays.

Mind Training: Mind training (lojong) sessions are held 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.