Upcoming Retreats

 


The Power of Mantra Book

Power of Mantra: Hybrid Class with Ven. Yönten

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

Open Dates
Zoom or In Person (Chenrezig Gompa)
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…

3 -14 Night Private Retreat Bookings

Flexible Dates
Checking In and Out Check-in is between 3-5pm. Check-out is by 11am.   PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 5:00pm so we may orient you to this blessed land and help you settle in comfortably. The orientation is required of all retreatants—those new to Vajrapani and those who have been here many times. It lasts around 30 minutes. In order to protect your safety, please let us know if you are unable to arrive by 6pm so we can provide you with a list of hotels/motels close to our center. We will be happy to do the check-in starting at 10am the next…

Four Weeks of Self Compassion

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

October 6 - 27, 2022
740 Front St. Suite 250 - Building B, Santa Cruz, CA
When: 4 Thursdays in October - Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 6:00-7:30pm PT Location: 740 Front St. Suite 250 - Building B Santa Cruz, CA (front door opens up to back patio of Mobo Sushi, except it’s on 2nd floor) Prerequisites: None - Open to all students About:  Learn meditations & reflections that build: self-care, personal resilience & deeper connection with yourself and others. Evidence shows self-compassion is related to psychological health & serves as an internal source of resiliency. Self-compassion is not self-pity or self-absorption. We’ll discuss how they differ & how self compassion is essential before expanding it…

Power of Mantra Retreat ONLINE – Tara

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

October 13 - 16, 2022
Vajrapani Insitute
This is the registration for the ONLINE RETREAT only.   The second of three complimentary, weekend retreats to the Power of Mantra series with Ven. Yönten.  This weekend retreat aims to demystify Deity-Yoga (Buddhist Tantra) practice for students of Buddhism who are newer to these practices and also invites depth and richness to the practice of senior students. This retreat will explore the main Kriya (Action) Tantra deities of Tara (Green Tara, White Tara, the 21 Taras) introduced in the online program.  Being a participant of the online program isn't required, but strongly recommended.   This retreat will be a…

Power of Mantra Retreat – Tara

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

October 13 - 16, 2022
Vajrapani Insitute
The second of three complimentary, weekend retreats to the Power of Mantra series with Ven. Yönten.  This weekend retreat aims to demystify Deity-Yoga (Buddhist Tantra) practice for students of Buddhism who are newer to these practices and also invites depth and richness to the practice of senior students. This retreat will explore the main Kriya (Action) Tantra deities of Tara (Green Tara, White Tara, the 21 Taras) introduced in the online program.  Being a participant of the online program isn't required, but strongly recommended. This retreat will be a mediation intensive to allow students to dive deeper into the sadhanas…

Vajrayogini Weekend Retreat with Elaine Jackson

Elaine Jackson

October 20 - 23, 2022
Vajrapani Insitute
Please save the date for a hybrid weekend Vajrayogini Retreat with Elaine Jackson.  It will be in person at Vajrapani Institute with Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center hosting online participants.

Power of Mantra Retreat ONLINE – Purification

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

October 27 - 30, 2022
Vajrapani Insitute
This is the registration for the ONLINE RETREAT only.   The last of three complimentary, weekend retreats to the Power of Mantra series with Ven. Yönten.  This weekend retreat aims to demystify Deity-Yoga (Buddhist Tantra) practice for students of Buddhism who are newer to these practices and also invites depth and richness to the practice of senior students. This retreat will explore the main Kriya (Action) Tantra deities of purification (35 Buddhas and Vajrasattva) introduced in the online program.  Being a participant of the online program isn't required, but strongly recommended.   This retreat will be a mediation intensive to…

Power of Mantra Retreat – Purification

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

October 27 - 30, 2022
Vajrapani Insitute
The last of three complimentary, weekend retreats to the Power of Mantra series with Ven. Yönten.  This weekend retreat aims to demystify Deity-Yoga (Buddhist Tantra) practice for students of Buddhism who are newer to these practices and also invites depth and richness to the practice of senior students. This retreat will explore the main Kriya (Action) Tantra deities of purification (35 Buddhas and Vajrasattva) introduced in the online program.  Being a participant of the online program isn't required, but strongly recommended. This retreat will be a mediation intensive to allow students to dive deeper into the sadhanas (tantric practice manuals)…

Vajrayogini Enabling Action Retreat

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

November 11 - December 10, 2022
Vajrayogini is a meditation practice of Buddhism in the category of Highest Yoga Tantra and requires the appropriate empowerment.  This is an approach retreat for Vajrayogini, a full qualifying retreat with fire puja, which enables one to do self-empowerment, consecration, and so on. Prerequisite Vajrayogini initiation from a qualified teacher Why a waitlist? Vajrapani Institute is testing the waters to see who may be interested in joining this long retreat.  Such an endeavor requires at least 15 students and 6-8 part, or full, time volunteers (mainly for kitchen support). We are putting this sign up to gather interested parties to…