Meditation Retreat

Finding Clarity and Stillness – silent day retreat

beautiful sunset over the sea

Schedule:

  • Register, meet and chat with others – 9am – 9.30am
  • Session 1 – 9.30am – 11am
  • Refreshment break – 11am – 11.45am
  • Session 2 – 11.45am – 1.15pm
  • Lunch break – 1.15pm – 3pm
  • Session 3 (includes time for Q&A) – 3pm – 4.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Maintaining silence begins 9.30am until 4.30pm (in and out of sessions)

£20.00 per person – free for Standard and Benefactor members (excludes lunch).
£6.00 per person for lunch – (please add to basket if you would like a vegetarian or vegan lunch)

Every day we exhaust ourself searching for our happiness in external objects, outside our mind. But no matter how long or hard we search, we will never find them there. This is because happiness depends upon a peaceful mind. We can develop a peaceful mind through the practice of meditation.

Buddha taught that the mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. In the setting of this silent day retreat, we have a wonderful opportunity to take a break from our daily distractions, busy, unhappy minds and explore and focus on our mind’s nature of clarity, a clear empty like space.

Through gaining familiarity with this meditation, we will experience levels of inner peace, spacious clarity and stillness. Thereby discovering for ourself that we have in our own mind a reservoir of pure happiness and joy. This retreat is suitable for everyone, beginners and those with some experience of meditation.

In order to gain the maximum benefit from this silent day retreat, we would encourage you to take a break from using your mobile phones and suggest you turn them off from 9.30am-4.30pm. This will allow you to enjoy a more spacious, relaxing, calm and peaceful retreat, free from constant distractions and busy minds. In this way you will be able to feel refreshed and inspired from the retreat.

The retreat is guided by the centre’s residential teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi.

 

Venue:
Vajrapani Kadampa
Meditation Centre
Wheathouse Terr,
Huddersfield.

Memberships
If you attend classes and courses on a regular basis, our Memberships are a convenient way of covering the cost and a great way to support the Centre.

About our classes

  • Our classes consist of guided meditations and a talk covering a different aspect of meditation & positive thinking, offering practical advice from the Buddha’s teachings for a happy and meaningful life. 
  • You’re welcome to drop-in to weekly classes or pre-book for a whole series.
  • You can join the weekly classes at any time, you don’t have to wait for the start of a series. 
  • Please book in advance for Weekend Courses & other events online or by phone.
  • Classes are suitable for everyone.

Benefits of Meditation

  • Even a simple breathing meditation practise can bring many benefits
  • When our mind is calmed by focusing on the breath we will feel refreshed and experience some mental peace and calm.
  • Through this practise we can develop an inner happiness and contentment.
  • This inner peace can reduce the stress and tension that we normally experience in our life.
  • We will find difficult situations easier to deal with and we can even improve our relationships with friends and family.
  • You don’t have to be a Buddhist to practise and benefit from meditation. Everybody is welcome to join a class at any time.

FAQ's

Why is there a charge for the classes?

We are a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, and not for profit. The funds we receive are used to pay for our venues, operating expenses and maintenance of the centre building. Although there is a charge for the classes we want to make them accessible to all, so If you are struggling with the cost of classes or courses, please speak to us about that, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Do I have to book online?

Please try to book online for weekend courses and other events. For weekly classes booking online is useful, but you can just turn up and pay on the door. You can also get a discount on all our weekly meditation classes by buying a Series Ticket online.

Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Will I have to sit on the floor?

Although some classes do have the option to sit on the floor, there are always chairs available. However, If there is a special reason why you need to sit on the floor please let us know and we can reserve a mat for you.

What should I wear?

There are no dress requirements, please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
We do ask that you remove your shoes when entering the meditation room.

What if I am not religious or practice a religion other than Buddhism?

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith or to none. We make Buddhas teachings available to everyone with the belief that they are practical methods to solve daily problems.

I have never meditated before, are these classes suitable for me?

Yes, classes are open to everyone regardless of experience. Instructions on how to do the meditations are provided by the teacher who will also guide you through the meditation. If you do struggle with the meditation you can always just sit there and relax for a while!

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.

- Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Buddhist master Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso teaching dharma at a Kadamap Festival