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Lamrim and Solitary Hero Yamāntaka – Commentary and Retreat

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

August 23 - 31, 2024

About the Retreat

We are so fortunate that our kind and compassionate guru, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa, is returning to Vajrapani Institute to lead another retreat in 2024.

Rinpoche will begin with two days teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities. A concise and stirring outline of the Lam-Rim, the prayer covers the entire graduated path to enlightenment, short enough to recite every day, profound enough to study for a lifetime.

Rinpoche will continue the remaining five days with a commentary on Solitary Hero Yamāntaka, with opportunities for group sadhana practice. Rinpoche will not be giving initiation for this retreat.

Rinpoche has also stressed the importance to put these Tantra instructions into practice, so Vajrapani will be committing to holding the approximation retreat for Yamāntaka in Winter 2024, or early 2025 (dates TBD).

Priority for registration will be given to those that can attend the full seven days, with an option of opening up registration to attending just the two-day Lamrim teaching if space permits.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity either, as a beginner, to explore this profound practice or as a more advanced practitioner, to deepen your experience and understanding, with the guidance of Rinpoche, a fully qualified Vajra master.



Participants in this retreat must have sincere faith in the Buddhadharma, a solid foundation in the Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment), and have Solitary Yamāntaka Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation.

How to Apply

To apply to the retreat, please verify your highest yoga tantra initiation into Yamantaka by using this google form:


Schedule – Tentative

Friday – Afternoon checkin and dinner

Saturday & Sunday – Lamrim teachings with Rinpoche

Monday to Friday – Yamantaka Commentary with Rinpoche and practice sessions

Saturday – final teaching and closing.  Lunch and departure around 2pm


Additional Retreat Information


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.


Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa is one of the last generation of Tibetan Buddhist scholars to begin their educational careers in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion. He has played an instrumental role in the reestablishment and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions in exile, and in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Highly regarded for his scholarship and depth of religious practice, Rinpoche teaches frequently in New York, Washington D.C., and at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL), a Tibetan Buddhist center in Connecticut, where he hosted a visit from H.H. the Dalai Lama in 2012. He is…
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