Vajrapani Institute of Wisdom Culture
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Vipashyana Meditation

Event Description


June 19-24, 2018


Beginner and Intermediate

Silence Level


What is it?

The underlying root cause of our suffering is our mental afflictions such as attachment and anger.  And our mental afflictions come from our distorted view of reality. This distorted way of viewing things leads to craving and attachment to the things we like and aversion to the things we don’t like. This in turn often leads to frustration when we don’t get the things we want, dissatisfaction when they don’t live up to our expectations and due to our aversion the level of our discomfort and suffering that we experience increases.

During this six-day retreat we will

  1. Establish the correct view of reality in terms of the three marks of existence and emptiness;
  2. Learn and practice various vipashyana meditations to help us overcome our distorted view of reality. Our vipashyana practice will be primarily based on the view of emptiness as presented by Arya Nagarjuna; and
  3. Learn practices of loving-kindness and compassion to ensure that our vipashyana practice is balanced and effective.

Vipashyana practice is about correcting our distorted way of seeing things, not just intellectually but  also experientially.  So that we can be completely in sync with reality and thereby not induce any suffering.

Here’s a video from a recent vipashyana retreat led by Glen:

Who is it for?

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in the practice.

  1. Learn how we have a distorted view of the world: our thoughts and responses are merely appearances even though they appear solid.  As Lama Yeshe said, “Question appearances.”
  2. Learn how to practice detachment from the appearances that arise and thus have a less roller-coaster mind and a more constructive relationship with the world.
  3. Learn how we can relate to others with more compassion and an understanding of common-ness because all of us are struggling with the same appearances.
Suggested Reading
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.

  • 19 June 2018 to 24 June 2018

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Teacher Bio

Glen Svensson teaching

Glen Svensson

Originally from Australia, Glen attained a BSc in IT at the University of Queensland. After four years working in Brisbane, he spent the next eight years working and travelling around the world. Having ‘bumped’ into Buddhism during his travels ("I read a book about Buddhism and it seemed so logical and many things resonated extremely well with my innate beliefs"), he attended his first Dharma teaching in Dharamsala, India in 1995. He completed he two following Kopan November courses in Kathmandu, Nepal and joined the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (Pomaia, Italy) in 2004. He graduated from the Masters Program and completed his studies with an eight-month retreat at Oseling Center in Spain. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasizing clarity and stressing the integration ​of philosophical ​view, meditation and daily life conduct.

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.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Dorm $625 $798
Semi-private room $677 $850
Private room $940 $1,107
Private room – extra person $578 $747
Cabin $1,124 $1,288
Cabin – extra person $604 $824
Camping $483 $592


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