The Buddhist Society of Manchester
The Buddhist Society of Manchester was founded in 1951, making it the second oldest buddhist organization in the country. In 1954 its members supported one of their number to travel to Thailand to become the first westerner there to ordain as a buddhist monk.
Venerable Kappilavaddho later returned to this country to share his knowledge with the rest of the group and with others.
The Society continued to develop as a lay organization at its premises in Sale and did much to help establish the Dhamma in this country. The only surviving link with original group is Russel Williams who joined in 1957 and at the age of 93 still continues to share his wisdom at regular meetings.
The Society has never advertised and relies on word of mouth to bring in new members. It makes no charge to those who attend its meetings and relies solely on the generosity of its members to sustain itself. Although its roots are are in the Theravada tradition people are not encouraged to develop a particular set of views or rely on knowledge derived from books. Instead they are helped to develop their own innate well-being and awareness in daily life.
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