Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7pm
“We can develop our consciousness to the limitless states of universal compassion, love, wisdom and freedom. The Vajrasattva practice can lead us beyond ego, beyond grasping, and beyond the dualistic mind. That’s what the Vajrasattva practice is about.” - Lama Yeshe
This event is freely offered. Students are welcome to make donations to help support this event.
Prerequisites to attending this event:
There are no prerequisites for attending this initiation; it is open to all who are able to take on the following commitments.
Commitments from attending this event:
To take the initiation one will have to take refuge at the beginning. This is the basis of the initiation. Taking Bodhisattva vows is also required, but students do not have to take tantric vows (generally students should take tantric vows for a highest yoga tantra initiation, but Lama Yeshe chose not to, and Rinpoche follows Lama’s example).
On top of taking these vows as part of the initiation, Rinpoche often gives the following commitment: 21 long mantras or 28 short mantras every day for the rest of your life (these mantras and practice booklets will be handed out after the initiation for those who need), or 100,000 mantra retreat within one year (generally this takes 3 months to complete).
*Please note that this event could go late, so keep this in mind when making plans for the following day.
The event will NOT be held at Vajrapani Institute but at the Recreation Hall (RecHall) in Boulder Creek.
The RecHall is behind the Boulder Creek Fire Station which is on the main street, also opposite the Rainbow's End Coffee Shop at the corner of Highway 9 and Middleton Avenue.
The address is: 13333 Middleton Avenue, Boulder Creek, CA, 95006
The Motivatory Talk for the Vajrasattva Initiation will be webcast live at Vajrapani's Livestream Page here. Please note that this is only the Motivatory Talk and not the whole initiation. You will not be able to receive the initiation online.
Parking at the venue
Parking is on the street. We've created a map showing various parking options within short walking distance. Note that these parking options are in addition to normal street parking.
Plan to have dinner before the initiation. A light late night snack will be offered during the break time.
There are a number of eateries within short walking distance of the venue.
The Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub (13200 Highway 9)
Edo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar (13271 Highway 9)
Taqueria Los Amigos (13070 Highway 9)
The Boulder Creek Brewery and Café (13040 Highway 9)
We set up a rideshare forum at www.rideshare.us. The event is private so you will have to enter the lookup code: "rinpoche" to find the relevant rideshare forum. Many of you are coming from San Francisco or San Jose area. Some of you are flying in on the day. We're getting calls daily from people looking for rides so PLEASE if you're planning to come from afar and have space, go online and offer up your space.
Because of the change of venue, if you decide NOT to stay on the land as planned, it's really important you tell us by emailing email@example.com. If we don't hear from you, we'll assume you are staying on the land. If you've waitlisted, you'll be contacted if a bed frees up. Again, if you've signed up to stay in the dorm, or to camp, or have put yourself on a waitlist and have now decided to stay somewhere else, it's imperative you tell us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan to arrive at Vajrapani Institute between 3-5pm for accommodation registration - no earlier than 3pm please as we have a retreat ending that afternoon. If you've been here before and are very familiar with the land, you can just show up after the initiation. No staff will be on hand to orient you in the middle of the night so please bring your flashlights.
Carpooling between Vajrapani and the venue will be organized onsite.
Check out time is 10am on Monday October 1. Plan to have breakfast in town or bring snacks as no breakfast will be provided on the land.
Remember to bring a good flashlight and warm clothing.
For directions to Vajrapani, click here.
For local accommodation options, click here.
Come join us on event day and offer your service. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Betty Chan, Assistant Director,email@example.com. Please write "Volunteer for LZR Event" in the subject line.
NB: Lama Zopa Rinpoche does not wish to have a guru-disciple relationship with anyone who is practicing Shugden. So anyone practicing Shugden, please do not attend any initiation which Rinpoche is giving.