Our Mission

Vision

To offer people the meditative tools to recognize the nature of their minds and achieve their highest potential for the benefit of all.

Mission

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture supports the transformation of spiritual teachings into experience through contemplative retreat. As a spiritual community serving the needs of retreaters in all traditions, we are nurtured by the energy of our Tibetan Buddhist founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche, by our teachers and holy objects, and by the stillness of the California redwood forest.

Values

Wisdom – where mind awakens

Harmony– where joy flows

Loving-Hearted– where kindness is

Spaciousness– where all expands

Clarity– where vision is present

Trust– where friends share

Diversity– where all aspects of people are respected.

 

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and is dedicated to preserving Lama Tsong Khapa’s rich living tradition of wisdom and compassion.

Upcoming Retreats

The Power of Mantra Book

Power of Mantra: Online Class with Ven. Yönten

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

September 6 - October 25, 2022
Zoom or In Person drop in
A new series of classes based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s latest book Power of Mantra.  This series will bring light to the mysteries of Buddhist Tantra in a way that is accessible to beginners, yet which is still profound for the experienced practitioner. By exploring mantra, visualization, symbolism, and technique, a more comprehensive understanding of when and how to properly use these different deity yoga practices can be gained. The weekly class will gradually work through Lama Zopa Rinpoché’s new book, “The Power of Mantra” and includes in-depth companion presentations from Vajrapani’s new teacher-in-residence, Venerable Yönten.  In addition to being…

Book Club: Approaching the Buddhist Path with Ven. Chimé

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

September 14 - November 2, 2022
Zoom
When: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) Sept 14 – November 2, 2022 (8 classes, but may go longer depending on the group's progression)   Prerequisites: None - Open to all students   Registration: We are using the Zoom video conferencing system for this class. Please register below to receive your online access information.   About The Book:  The Library of Wisdom & Compassion Series was created by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron as a bridge between the extensive and profound Lamrim and the modern mindset and lifestyle. It brings the heart teachings…

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Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition www.FPMT.org