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

Experience of the Heart [Sutra]

Don Handrick

July 28 - 31, 2022
Vajrapani Institute
We are thrilled to announce Vajrapani’s first *in person* retreat in over two years! Don Handrick has kindly accepted our request to gather in the redwoods for a heart-centered, immersive experience lacking inherent existence. Level All Levels Silence Level Partial silence In person or Online? In Person! If you cannot attend in person, and would still like to join us, we are offering two evening meditation sessions on Friday and Saturday via zoom. Register here. Retreat Description “Since the I that exists is merely imputed, there is nothing to cherish, nothing to cling to. Good-bye to depression, worries and fears.”…

ONLINE SESSIONS Experience of the Heart [Sutra]

Don Handrick

July 29 - 30, 2022
*ONLINE SESSIONS*
We are thrilled to announce Vajrapani’s first *in person* retreat in over two years! Don Handrick has kindly accepted our request to gather in the redwoods for a heart-centered, immersive experience lacking inherent existence. For our friends who are unable to attend in person, please join us virtually via zoom on Friday and Saturday night for our evening session from 7:00-8:30pm PST. Level All Levels Retreat Description “Since the I that exists is merely imputed, there is nothing to cherish, nothing to cling to. Good-bye to depression, worries and fears.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche The Buddha taught that the only way…

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