Vajrapani Institute of Wisdom Culture

Upcoming Retreats

This is a free event! ! The more the merrier! (Donations are of course always welcome, however.)

Date & Time Details: Please plan on arriving by 12 noon if you want to enjoy lunch with us (and please register online, early July onward, if you want to eat lunch with us) Please plan on departing approximately 4:00 PM

Big Love Day Community Celebration

August 4, 2019

Join us on Sunday August 4th for our Annual Community Celebration: Big Love Day!

Big Love Day is about the cultivation of family feeling (or ‘pamly peeling,’ as Vajrapani Institute co-founder Lama Yeshe used to say.) Participation is free of charge: it’s our way of saying: “Thank you!”  We warmly extend our “Big Love Day” invitation to all members of our community, as well as to all newcomers wishing to join. This is a day of community celebration and of fun activities including free massage, bodywork and astrology readings, games, walking in Nature, art projects, a delicious vegetarian meal, live music, singing, dancing, story-telling and more. We hope you can make it.

Why “Big Love”? 

This is a phrase deeply associated with our co-founder, Lama Yeshe (1935 to 1984); in fact his life story, which is due to be published soon, also features these words in its title: “Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe”. Big Love Day is also a way for us to remember and celebrate the vast heart energy, wisdom and compassion of our organization’s founders, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Where would we be without them?

This year’s “Big Love Day” is extra-special as it happens to fall on a really significant day and auspicious date on the Tibetan Buddhist calendar: the day commemorating the first teachings that Buddha shared with the world after attaining Enlightenment. We have even more reason to celebrate.

An Outline Big Love Day Schedule (Details to be added closer to the day)

Prior to the official start of the day, those interested in attending a Medicine Buddha Puja are welcome to join us at 10:00 AM in the upstairs Gompa in our Main Building. This is an opportunity to dedicate positive energy and prayers towards the well-being of loved ones as well as all those names on the Vajrapani Institute prayer list.

The official start of Big Love Day will be marked by a gathering at the Enlightenment Stupa at 11:30 AM.

At 12:00 noon participants will be invited to enjoy a delicious vegetarian offering prepared lovingly by our fabulous kitchen team. (To help us cook for the right number of people, we strongly encourage you to register online. Online registration will open here in early July 2019.)

Following lunch, please stay to enjoy a variety of entertainments and activities scheduled through the afternoon till the day closes at 4:00 PM.

Ongoing Afternoon Activities (Details to be added closer to the day)

  • Massage and energy work
  • Games
  • Nature Walk
  • Astrology Readings
  • Prayer flag and mandala art projects
  • Music at the Stupa

Big Love Day Close: 4:00 PM

Additional Information

  • Please plan on arriving by 12 noon if you want to enjoy lunch with us
  • Please plan on departing approximately 4:00 PM
  • As parking is very limited, please try to carpool