2024 Year End Appeal – Thank You!


Thank you to everyone that generously donated to our year end appeal.  Thanks to you all we will be getting new beds for the Geshe house, upgrading our A/V support for the gompa, along with replenishing the general fund for further replacements and operating costs for the center!

Upcoming Retreats

Online Book Club – Vol 3: Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

January 31 - March 20, 2024
When On Zoom Every Wednesday for 8 weeks (January 31-March 20) 6:30 - 8:30pm Pacific Time   About the book This weekly online book gathering will feature facilitated conversation, discussion and meditation sessions with Buddhist monastic Venerable Chimé.   Knowledge of buddha nature reveals and reconciles the paradox of how the mind can be the basis for both the duhkha of samsara (the unpurified mind) and the bliss and fulfillment of nirvana (the purified mind). To illustrate this, Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature first takes readers through Buddhist thought on the self, the four truths, and their sixteen attributes. It then explains…

Transforming Problems Into Happiness – an Experiential Mind Training Retreat

Don Handrick

March 14 - 17, 2024
About the Retreat "Transforming miserable conditions into necessary conditions that help us move along the path to enlightenment has great benefit, especially in the exceptionally difficult times in which we live. … If you cannot make use of every condition that arises, both undesirable and desirable, you are in danger of losing the Dharma, and you will never achieve the unsurpassed and lasting happiness of enlightenment." – Lama Zopa Rinpoche   Just before the Buddha attained enlightenment, Mara and his demon army shot scores of arrows at him, but as the arrows approached, they turned into flowers and fell harmlessly…

Freeing Your Mind from Fears and Obstacles: A Green Tara Retreat

Geshe Tenzin Zopa

March 28 - 31, 2024
About the Retreat Join us for for this wonderful retreat on Green Tara.  The retreat, marks the return of precious Geshe Zopa to Vajrapani, to share teachings and meditations on the powerful deity of Green Tara.  Meditating on Green Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. As the embodiment of all the Buddha’s actions in the female aspect, she has a special power to remove inner and outer obstacles, dispel our fears and grant us success in whatever we pray for.   As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains,…

Honoring Lama Zopa Rinpoche – 1 Year Anniversary of Passing into Paranirvana

Paula Chichester and Venerable Angie Muir

April 13 - 14, 2024
About the Retreat Join us for a weekend of activities to remember our precious spiritual guru, His Eminence Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  On the one year anniversary of Rinpoche's passing into paranirvana, we will be celebrate with offering practices, meditations, and story telling, based on ones Rinpoche always recommended and taught.  We will also honor precious Rinpoche with story telling and sing-a-longs in the tradition of Vajrapani Institute, many songs which were created when Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa were around our land.   Tentative Schedule Saturday,  April 13th 10am - Extensive water bowl offerings and recitation of Chanting the…

“All Into One”: An experiential retreat on Calm Abiding and Emptiness based on Guru Yoga and the 3 Principal Aspects of the Path

Venerable René Feusi

April 25 - May 5, 2024
About the Retreat We are so pleased and honored that one of our most precious teachers is returning again to Vajrapani.   This retreat is a rare opportunity to meditate with Venerable Rene more deeply on the teachings he gave last year in the Bay Area on Guru Yoga as a basis for realizing Mahamudra or realizing "mind as it is."   Utilizing once again the Guru Yoga practice,The Hundred Deities of the Land of Joy, as the life force for collecting merit and clearing obstacles on our spiritual path, Venerable Rene will also offer experiential teachings and meditations on…

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Retreat is especially relevant and useful in today’s busy, agitated world. Retreat offers many different benefits, for a wide variety of people.


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