Our Location

Our Location

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek, CA at the end of a five-mile dirt road on the border of Castle Rock State Park. While secluded, we are relatively close to the San Jose and San Francisco airports.

 

If you are using a navigation system in your car or on your phone we recommend inputting the address of one of our local businesses, The Mountain Store at 125 Pool Drive in Boulder Creek CA 95006. Once your navigation system takes you there, you will drive less than a quarter of a mile on Pool Drive, turn left on Kings Creek Road, and follow Kings Creek Road for 5 miles. You should see occasional signs that let you know the distance left to travel and some prayer flags hanging over the road to let you know you are on the right path!

 

Please note this is our physical address and is not a mailing address. To reach us by mail, please contact us at PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006.

You can also download this PDF that provides detailed directions to our center.

Transportation Options

There are many public transit systems in the Bay Area. However, no public service is offered on the last five miles of the dirt road leading to Vajrapani Institute. You will need to arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey. See either of the options below for taxi information.

Taxi Services

The following taxi services offer transportation options from both San Jose and San Francisco.

 

Dave’s Cab: 831-818-4099

 

Ruben’s Airport Shuttle: 831-325-5836

 

Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

Public Transportation

San Francisco

 

  1. From the airport take the Sam Trans #292 and get off at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The Caltrain Station is across the street from the Shopping Center. http://www.samtrans.com/schedules.html
  2. Take the Southbound San Jose/Gilroy train from Hillsdale to San Jose Caltrain (also known as the ‘Diridon’ station). http://www.caltrain.com/timetable.html
  3. Take the Highway 17 Express bus (from ‘Diridon’ station) to the Scotts Valley (Caravallo) Transit Center.
    831 425-8600 (TTY 800-894-9908 FREE)
  4. Take the local bus (#35A) to Boulder Creek. Ask the driver if it goes to the Mountain Store. If not, ask if the driver can drop you off at Johnnie’s Super Market in Boulder Creek.
  5. No public service is offered on the last five miles of dirt road to get to us. You will need to pre-arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey.
    You may use a local taxi company such as Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

 

San Jose

 

  1. From the airport catch #10 VTA bus to Santa Clara Train Station. http://www.vta.org/
  2. Take the Southbound San Jose/Gilroy train just 1 or 2 stops to San Jose Caltrain Station (also known as the ‘Diridon’ station.)
    http://www.caltrain.com/timetable.html
  3. Take the Highway 17 Express bus (from ‘Diridon’ station) to the Scotts Valley (Caravallo) Transit Center.
    831 425-8600 (TTY 800-894-9908 FREE)
  4. Take the local bus (#35A) to Boulder Creek. Ask the driver if it goes to the Mountain Store (ideal). If not, ask if the driver can drop you off at Johnnie’s Super Market in Boulder Creek.
  5. No public service is offered on the last five miles of dirt road to get to us. You will need to pre-arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey.
    You may use a local taxi company such as Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

Upcoming Retreats

Family Camp 2024

July 25 - 28, 2024
****Vajrapani's Family Camp 2024 is full, we look forward to seeing you at Family Camp 2025!   A weekend family retreat where participants are given the opportunity to better understand their mind and emotions through a Tibetan Buddhist lens using meditation, discussion, art, nature and play. Set in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, families with children ages 5-12 are encouraged to unplug and reconnect, supported by a community of like-minded families, staff and volunteers.   First Time at Family Camp? Read all about what to expect at family camp at our Family Camp details page    …

How to Train a Happy Mind

Scott Snibbe

August 8 - 11, 2024
About this retreat Based on his book How to Train a Happy Mind, this three-day retreat with Scott Snibbe offers a relaxed tour of eight meditations that help bring out your best qualities, deepen your relationships, and build a better world. Each of the retreat’s practices is derived from the Tibetan Buddhist lamrim “stages of the path,” a series of analytical meditations highly refined over the centuries. This lesser-known form of meditation complements the more popular mindfulness meditation by using stories, emotions, and critical thinking to actively steer the mind away from frustration, craving, and loneliness, and toward happiness, connection, and satisfaction. The retreat requires no…

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