Upcoming Retreats

  • $10.00 Minimum –

Date & Time Details: July 29th and 30th 7:00-8:30pm


ONLINE SESSIONS Experience of the Heart [Sutra]

Don Handrick

July 29 - 30, 2022

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.


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 to cut the ignorance that is the root of all conditioned existence, is the wisdom realizing emptiness: the true nature of reality. Among all the teachings on that subject, the Heart Sutra is renowned for the way that it conveys the essence of the teachings on emptiness in a brief and yet powerful manner. In this retreat, by using passages from the Heart Sutra, as well as other sources from both ancient and contemporary masters, we will explore how to gain an experience of this profound topic so that we can go beyond mere philosophical knowledge and bring emptiness to life.

This is a rare and precious opportunity to explore the nature of reality and ourselves with an experienced teacher, in a casual environment. Take a break, take a breath, and tune in with us during our first retreat in over two years.

Zoom Link will be sent a few days prior to the start of the retreat.



Don Handrick
Don Handrick is a touring teacher for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. Don’s study of Buddhism began in 1993 after reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche’s organization, until he began attending classes in 1996 with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco. Don left the Bay Area in 1998 to attend the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra…
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