Special Event

Special Sponsored Walk

people walking up a hill

Join us on this special sponsored walk  connecting with spiritual friends and giving inner peace to our local area.
We are fundraising to improve Vajrapani Centre and prepare for the arrival of our big Buddha statue and other new statues, helping make Vajrapani Centre a powerful, inspiring place where local people can come to find peace and heal their minds.

There are two options for the walk, a longer walk from Ilkley, over the moor and down to Saltaire (about three and a half hours with breaks), and a shorter walk long the river Aire and back along the canal.

Those who wish to do the longer walk can meet up in Saltaire and then get a lift to Cow and Calf Rocks, the starting point of the walk. We will walk over the moor, find a place to do a short meditation together, and then walk down to Roberts Park in Saltaire, where we will meet up with the rest of the group for a picnic, ice-cream, and coffee. Then we can all go for a leisurely stroll up the river and back down along the canal.

You are welcome to gather sponsorship for any part or all of the walk.
Please email admin@meditateinhuddersfield.org if you wish to attend and can car share or need a lift.

Rough schedule (subject to changes as needed)
9am – leave Vajrapani Centre
9.45am – arrive Saltaire and get lift to Ilkley moor
10.15am – arrive Cow and Calf Rocks to begin walk
2pm – arrive Saltaire, meet others in Robert’s Park have picnic, meditation and gentle walk.
4pm – depart Saltaire
5pm – arrive Vajrapani Centre

(Download your sponsor form)


Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre
Wheathouse Terrace,

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.


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!

How wonderful it would be if I and all living beings attained real happiness, the pure and everlasting happiness of enlightenment!

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