Vajrapani Institute of Wisdom Culture
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Feeling Wisdom

Event Description

Note that this retreat is a replacement for the cancelled retreat “Tasting the Essence of Tantra Series 2: Module 1” and “Introduction to Tantra” with Rob Preece.


February 27 – March 4, 2018


Beginner and Advanced

Silence Level


What is it?

How our mind responds to the experiences of our life is crucial to our psychological health and well being. Skillfully learning to be with our emotional processes and reactions is central to this. During this retreat, we will look at the psychological implications of the 8-point mind training teachings, as well as an approach to meditation that can help us be with our experiences in a way that is beneficial for both self and others.

Rob will teach on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation with inclusion of shamatha and vipassana.  This text falls in the category of Mind Training (lo-jong) texts and is a classic of all branches of Tibetan Buddhism.  It was composed by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123).  It is the basis for developing bodhicitta and transforming adversities into joy and courage.

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

Determined to obtain the greatest possible benefit from all sentient beings, who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel, I shall hold them most dear at all times.

When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme.
Geshe Langri Tangpa
Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay.

Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.

When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults, or the like, I shall accept defeat and offer the victory to others.

When someone whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru.

In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering.

Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment.

  1. Learn how to face obstacles with joy and courage.
  2. Learn how to change our perspective by seeing through the lens of love and compassion.
Additional Information
  1. Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
  2. Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
  3. Consider reviewing our accommodations
  4. For more detailed information, please see our FAQ

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 27 February 2018 to 4 March 2018

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Teacher Bio

Rob Preece

Rob Preece

Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for more than 45 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Dharamsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He remained there for the next five years, primarily in retreat but with the opportunity to study with a number of eminent Lamas including Zong Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Gomo Rinpoche and H.H. Dalai Lama.

Returning to the West in 1985 he began to train as a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London, a Jungian based psychotherapy. Since that time he has had a busy psychotherapy practice and has taught many workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist Psychology. More recently his work has shifted from psychotherapy to spiritual mentoring.

Over the past 30 years Rob has also led many meditation retreats introducing the practices of the Tantric tradition, with a wish to honor Lama Yeshe's profound and creative approach to practice. Many of these retreats bring together the combination of meditation and movement guided by his wife Anna.

In 2005 Rob was initiated as a Granicero or 'weather worker' within the Nahual tradition of Central Mexico, something that informs his work with the land and weather within which he lives in the UK. He brings together the Tantric tradition with this shamanic background as a means to help Tantric practice become grounded in relation to the land and the elements of the natural world. Rob is an experienced thangka painter and keen gardener and is the father of two boys. He is the author of “The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra”, “The Wisdom of Imperfection”, “The Courage to Feel” and “Preparing for Tantra”.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $625.00 $798.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $677.00 $850.00
Private Room $940.00 $1,107.00
Private Room – extra person
$578.00 $747.00
Cabin $1,124.00 $1,288.00
Cabin – extra person
$604.00 $824.00
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

We want to make retreat available to everyone. With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at