Upcoming Retreats

  • Commuting – $870.00
  • Camping – $1,080.00
  • RV/Camper Van – $1,210.00
  • Women's Dorm – $1,330.00
  • Men's Dorm – $1,330.00
  • Women's Quad – $1,840.00
  • Men's Quad – $1,840.00
  • Private Room- Twin Bed – $2,350.00
  • Private Room- Double bed – $2,350.00
  • Private Cabin #1 - "Vajrapani" – $2,600.00
  • Private Cabin #2 - "Chenrezig" – $2,600.00
  • Private Cabin #3 - "Vajrayogini" – $2,600.00
  • Private Cabin #4 - "Chakrasamvara" – $2,600.00
  • Private Cabin #5 - "Tara" – $2,600.00
  • Private Cabin #6 - "Yamantaka" – $2,600.00

“All Into One”: An experiential retreat on Calm Abiding and Emptiness based on Guru Yoga and the 3 Principal Aspects of the Path

Venerable René Feusi

April 25 - May 5, 2024

About the Retreat

We are so pleased and honored that one of our most precious teachers is returning again to Vajrapani.

 

This retreat is a rare opportunity to meditate with Venerable Rene more deeply on the teachings he gave last year in the Bay Area on Guru Yoga as a basis for realizing Mahamudra or realizing “mind as it is.”

 

Utilizing once again the Guru Yoga practice,The Hundred Deities of the Land of Joy, as the life force for collecting merit and clearing obstacles on our spiritual path, Venerable Rene will also offer experiential teachings and meditations on how to combine the Three Principles of the Path with the practices of Mahamudra and Calm Abiding as “All into One: A Complete Life Practice.”

Student Level/Participation Requirements

No level restriction for participation, other than the following:
Students must take part in all sessions (schedule from 7am to 8.30 pm, sessions will be 60 or 90 min. in length) with the usual breaks.

Silence

This retreat will be in strict silence from the day 2 until the final day of the retreat, with the except for specific questions answer sessions.

 

 

Additional Information

Highlights

About Varjapani Institute

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture was the first Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center in America.  Vajrapani aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities to learn and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha, and connect with other Dharma practitioners.  Located on 70 acres of secluded land within the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains, Vajrapani Institute has been an immersive space for people of all backgrounds to find and deepen their spiritual practices, with the main goal of bridging the gap between the head and heart of practice.

 

About Retreat Fees (includes accommodation, 3 meals a day, and facility costs)

The collected registration fees include all accommodations, 3 nutritious vegetarian meals a day, and general facility/operating costs.  Retreat registrations help support the center to keep everything operating, allowing us to invite so many precious teachers, and to hold this precious space of 70+ acres of secluded redwood forest to allow guests to have the quiet, contemplative space to continue spiritual growth.

Teacher’s Offerings

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teacher(s) 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. Please note that we don’t offer a credit card option for teacher’s fees.

Financial Aid/ Scholarships

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

Teacher

Venerable René Feusi
Venerable René Feusi has been trained in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the experiential lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He has been sharing this experiential approach for over 25 years. He helps students get an intuition of their own inner potential and inspires them to become mediators themselves. For the past 7 years Ven. René has spent the majority of his time in partial retreat. Venerable René’s fascination for how the mind works and how it can be positively transformed is infectious,”Life is exciting. The spiritual journey is about becoming a better human being and giving…
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