Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre in Huddersfield welcomes anybody, non-Buddhist or Buddhist, who wishes to develop greater inner peace through meditation and Buddha’s teachings. We meet, hear talks, meditate and discuss with like-minded people and then apply what we learn to our everyday life. It is not at all necessary to have any previous experience of meditation or Buddhism to participate. This website will give you an impression of what we offer, but the only way to really find out is to attend one of our events. We hope to meet you sometime at one of them!
Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The Founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, a world-renowned meditation master who holds the very essence of Buddha’s teachings in his heart.
Venerable Geshe-la transmits this profound wisdom and compassion to the people of the modern world in very practical ways through the extremely accessible methods of modern Kadampa Buddhism, which he introduced.
New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso founded the New Kadampa Tradition, the International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT–IKBU) in 1991.
It is an international association of study and meditation centers that follow the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by the Buddhist Teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The New Kadampa Tradition is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition and the NKT–IKBU has no political affiliations
The NKT–IKBU is an international nonprofit organization registered in England as a charitable company.
Our Spiritual director
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Gen-la Dekyong has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for nearly 40 years and holds the lineages of his blessings in her heart.
She is recognised as a fully qualified Teacher of Sutra and Tantra, and in particular is qualified to bestow the blessings of the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Heruka and Vajrayogini.
She is an inspiring example of a modern Kadampa disciple who relies sincerely upon her Spiritual Guide in all her actions.
Gen-la is greatly respected for the power and sincerity of her teachings and the warmth of her personality.
Our Resident Teacher:
Gen Kelsang Varahi
Gen Kelsang Varahi has been the resident teacher at the Centre since 2015 and has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for more than 25 years. She is known for her clear, practical approach, her kind good heart and for showing the natural joy that comes from applying Buddha’s teachings in daily life.