Manchester Buddhist Convention 2016

Please click on mbc-2016-programme to download a PDF of the full programme and information about each presenter.

Below is the poster for MBC 2016 and also details of volunteering opportunities on the day.

MBC 2016 poster

MBC 2016 poster

Manchester Buddhist Convention

Run by Manchester Buddhist Convention Committee

with Manchester University Buddhist Society

Venue: St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GH

Date: Saturday 15th October 2016

To: All Potential Attendees and Volunteers

Dear Friends

The Manchester Buddhist Convention is again with us. This event only happens because of your interest in attending and due to the efforts of those who facilitate the organising of it. We are grateful to you all for supporting this occasion.

In order for the day to run smoothly, a few more Volunteers are needed to carry out various necessary tasks.  Please can we ask if you might help.

Beginning and End of the day

At the start of the day (8 – 9 am) rooms will need to be prepared (furniture moved) to allow meetings to proceed. Signs/notices will need putting up. At end of the day (5 -6 pm) the rooms will be need to be returned to how they were found. These tasks need to be done by volunteers.


This year the meal includes a “Bring and Share” element. Food is also being prepared in advance by the convention team. This food and the shared meal will need to be put together ready for serving via the kitchen.

Volunteers are needed to facilitate food serving/distribution.

  • Donated food will need collecting the received food for placing in Kitchen/Common Room at St Peters.
  • At Lunch time food will need to be served on plates
  • After the meal the plates will be washed and rooms cleaned up.
  • Assistance is required during, before and after 11.30 – 12.30 am.

At specific times, drinks and biscuits can be offered/served to attendees.

Cups will need washing and drying and putting away.

Drinks will need serving done around lunch time and between 2.30 and 3.00 pm.

We need help from volunteers to carry out each of the above.

If you are able, please choose which one or ones you wish to take part in, not necessarily for the whole period; it can be a lot of fun.

Please notify your wish to volunteer via “comments box” in Registration section of Manchester Convention website and /or by contacting me on

When you arrive on the day of the convention, please notify one of the Convention team.

Chris Moore MBC Planning Team


The theme chosen for this year is the ‘Path of Well-being’ and its practice with reference to the 4 Divine Abiding’s, Loving Kindness , Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.

Registration Form

The registration form for Manchester Buddhist Convention 2016 is now live at:

We will also keep you up-to-date with events through Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in the Dharma,

Chris Moore & Tim Stokes (MBC Planning Team)

Announcement for MBC 2016

The 2016 Manchester Buddhist Convention will once again be held at St Peter’s Chaplaincy in Manchester on 15th October 2016.

The theme chosen for this year is the ‘Path of Well-being and Awakening’ and its practice with reference to the 4 Divine Abiding’s, Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.

What better way to express the theme of this year’s event then for convention attendees to bring a “Lunch for Sharing” with them on the day. We respectfully suggest that the meal be vegan or vegetarian and not require Heating.

Registration is required as numbers are limited. Please click here to register your place at the event. 

We also welcome volunteers on the day for setting up, serving meals, washing up, and clearing up after the event. If you wish to volunteer please email

The Convention is planned and run by a group of volunteers. Donations (‘Dana’) are requested to cover essential costs and for future events. The Convention cannot take place without your support so we ask you to give generously if you can at the event.

‘One Root Many Branches’

Yours in the Dharma,

Chris Moore & Tim Stokes (MBC Planning Team)


Volunteering: General Information

As you know the Convention is planned by a group of people on a voluntary basis. It is possible to present it as an event with no fixed charge because of the generosity of Chaplaincy. This year we have decided to offer them a nominal fee to the Chaplaincy but retain the basis of ‘Dana’ – free giving – for participants. The Convention cannot take place without this so you are asked to take this on board should you attend and give generously.

I know also that many Centres have undertaken expansion or are busy with their own lineages. I am therefore asking you to consider whether you, as individuals and as centres, wish to support the event and it’s work or whether you feel it has done it’s work and for the time being and can rest for the next few years or if there is another configuration you think would be more suitable. Do you think that an event or a process that enables us to meet together as Buddhists and Buddhism without ‘boundaries’ is a useful one for the future? If so is this a useful approach to the next few years?

For instance:

  • Should it just concentrate on smaller events?
  • Should it concentrate on bringing people together for shared practice?
  • For action?
  • For visits to different Centres?
  • Or any other types of meetings or activities?

It is likely that some of the activities outlined above will go on whether or not the Convention continues in its present for.

These are things you may have to consider at the Convention so please give it some thought. You should also give some thought to the logistics of it – ie- what can we; collectively do to make it happen?

One         root         Many       Branches


Purposes and Aims of the MBC

One of the purposes of the MBC is to create discussion and engagement among Buddhists and the Website is a tool to do this.

Please check the News page for announcements of forthcoming events. Subscribe to email updates on the right to receive these in your mailbox.

Send your news to the email address


See more photos from MBC 2014 here

Read Jaya’s report on Manchester Buddhist Convention 2014 here and her article from Middle Way


The MBC aims to increase dialogue and engagement between different Buddhist schools and welcomes other interested people or groups to work together to increase compassion and understanding in our society.


The MBC will do this, primarily, by organising an annual event to share Dharma/Dhamma and practice; discuss current issues and possible actions.


The MBC will reflect our commitment by developing an ethical framework based on the five lay precepts with regard to purchasing, banking, transparency and engagement with each other.


This page was updated on 10/09/2016 by Tim Stokes 

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