COVID-19: Updates and Resources

Vajrapani Institute is currently closed due to COVID-19

During these times, we, like so many beings across the world, are having to shift our plans considerably to address the implications of COVID-19. We have made it our priority to keep the wider community healthy and safe by doing our part to support social distancing and ‘Stay at Home’ orders. Therefore Vajrapani Institute is currently closed in adherence to the “Shelter-In-Place” order that was sent out in Santa Cruz County. We are closely monitoring conditions and recommendations for how to proceed during these uncertain times.

Tara the Liberator. Reciting Tara’s mantra is a powerful practice to do during these times. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA


Now, more than ever, times like these can remind us to look at what is really important in our lives. For us, the answer always comes back to how we work with our minds and how our spiritual practice is the foundation of support for this. Therefore we are committed to providing our wider community with resources to help in these wild and changing times.


We have been doing prayers and practices here daily for the safety and well-being of the extended Vajrapani Institute community of practitioners, as well as for all beings everywhere, and in particular for the exhaustion of the virus. We encourage students to follow Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice and updates for safeguarding against the virus.


We are looking into what we can offer online as well to support our community. Please keep an eye out!


For now, please know, here at Vajrapani Institute, we are with you in solidarity. We believe through practice, prayers, and taking the necessary precautions during these times, that we will see this through stronger together than ever before.


Please take good care of yourselves and one another. Wishing you and all beings much health and peace.


We will continue to send updates as we learn more and add resources to support you as we are able.


Biggest Love,

The Vajrapani Institute Team


Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice for Practices for Coronavirus


Advice from His Holiness The Dalai Lama to recite Tara Mantras


Text of “Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness


Video of Venerable Gyatso Performing the above practice with Tara Praises and prayers at Vajrapani.


Check out recordings of past teachings and meditations here on Vajrapani’s Soundcloud channel. FYI, We are looking to add more content here as well as making a media page on our website.

Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition