Make a Donation

General Fund Donation

Donating to Vajrapani Institute is the best way to support this amazing sacred place. We are committed to serving the needs of those on retreat so that they may better transform their minds. Retreat provides the space to delve deep within, removing our obstacles, gaining insights, broadening our perspectives, and above all opening our hearts.


Your tax-deductable donation will go directly to supporting these goals, both for yourself and others. You can help Vajrapani Institute create positive change in the world, one person at a time.

Compassion Wheel Donation

In 1999, our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, donated the Institute a stunning prayer wheel and later instructed us to place 5 trillion mani mantras of compassion in the wheel.


We are currently in the second phase of this project which includes framing out the rest of the structure, roofing, bearings, structurally rebuilding the frame and the erection of the wheel filled with 250 billion mani mantras to start. In a time that the world so urgently needs its healing power we need you and your support to get the wheel spinning!

Want to Donate Offline?

If you prefer to make your donation over the phone or if you have questions, please contact our office:
(800) 531-4001, Ext. 1.


You may also mail a check to:
Vajrapani Institute
PO Box 2130
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Other Donations

Have a special skill that we can use? Please call our Center Manager at 800-531-4001 x 2 to volunteer or apply for our Work/Study Program.


If you want to make regular donations consider joining our If you would like to include Vajrapani Institute in your will, make a non-cash donation such as a stock transfer, or join us in spiritual commitments, visit our gift acceptance policy page.

Lama Yeshe Statue Project

Making statues and images of one’s spiritual master is a powerful method to create vast amounts of positive potential. In February 2011, when asked how to create the causes for Vajrapani Institute to further flourish and benefit beings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Vajrapani’s Spiritual Director, recommended we commission a statue of our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe. The project was started under the guidance of Gelongma Jamyang Wangmo. We partnered with the Thai Human Imagery Museum who uses fiberglass technology to create remarkable life-like statues.


At the end of a long night of teaching in March 2011 at Vajrapani Institute, Lama Zopa Rinpoche added that Vajrapani Institute’s future meditation hall should contain one-thousand statues of Lama Yeshe. This statue will act as the prototype for smaller ones to be made available to students.


To create a life-like and life-size statue of Lama Yeshe to inspire students and generate vast stores of merit to support the flourishing of Vajrapani Institute.


Project Status:
Statue nearly completed.


Next steps:
To be shipped to Vajrapani Institute to be approved by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
To generate funds to complete project.
Estimated Cost:
Total estimated budget: $20,000
400,000 Thai bahts (approximately $13,000)
First and second installment completed ($10,000)
Final installment due upon completion
Shipment $3,500
Installation at Vajrapani $3,500


Estimated Completion:
Fourth quarter of 2015 if statue is approved.

Sangha Scholarship Fund

Financial accessibility to our retreat program is a core value. Sangha are our fellow travelers on the path of the Dharma. Vajrapani Institute’s Sangha Scholarship Fund is used to provide full and partial scholarships to both the lay and monastic Sangha who wish to receive teachings or do retreat on our land.


In most Buddhist countries, monastics are completely supported by the community. In the West, where this tradition is not yet established, many monastics are left to fend for themselves and it can be difficult for those of the lay community to access the Dharma, which is still considered a luxury in our culture.


Vajrapani Institute offers around $17,000 worth of retreat time to sponsor the Sangha annually.


Help us cover the cost of offering the most precious gift of the Dharma to our precious Sangha community.

General Fund

Donating to Vajrapani Institute is the best way to support this sacred, transformative place. Our donors are the ones that make all our retreats possible. The program income only covers a portion of our expenses. This is so our prices remain accessible and attendance can genuinely be socially diverse. By becoming a donor, you enter a circle of friends committed to making that possible.

Winter Staff Retreat Fund

Vajrapani Institute closes down annually in January to enable its staff to partake in personal retreat. Our ability to create conducive conditions for retreatants depends largely on our staff being able to deepen their own practices.


As Jon Landaw, esteemed teacher of the FPMT Bay area and long-time friend of Vajrapani Institute said:
“The staff members are sincerely dedicated to creating the best retreat environment they can and they are acutely aware that this means more than providing their guests with comfortable rooms, nourishing food, and the like. As important as these are, far more important is for those in retreat to be cared for by people with peaceful minds and open hearts, people who are actively engaged in opposing the destructive forces of delusion and self-cherishing in their own lives.”


In 2010 Vajrapani Institute’s Board of Directors made a commitment to support the staff by establishing a Winter Staff Retreat Fund to sponsor staff’s rent, food and health insurance costs during retreat.

Upcoming Retreats

Wise Heart Young Adult Retreat

July 18 - 21, 2019
Wise Heart Young Adult Retreat is a contemplative and playful retreat based in Buddhism for people ages 18-30+. This engaging program combines the elements of a formal retreat — meditation, contemplation, Buddhist teachings — with the fun of art, games, nature, body movement and engaging discussions with peers. Join us in exploring how mindfulness can help us create an inner sense of calm and develop loving-kindness towards ourselves and others. Together we will learn experientially how the cultivation of authenticity, kindness and wisdom can lead to deep happiness.

Wise Heart Family Camp

July 25 - 28, 2019
Since 1994, Family Camp has been providing families with children 5-12 the opportunity to learn more about their interconnections with each other in the frame of traditional Buddhist thinking and practice. In a mix of play and structure, both kids and adults have the opportunity to do an art project or two, meditate in age-appropriate groups, enjoy a docent-led nature walk, learn how to offer water bowls, participate in or applaud a talent show, and much more. This annual event aims to instill in participants an appreciation of the value of loving-kindness in daily life.

Our Blog

  • In 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Buddhist teacher, author, psychotherapist, and artist, Rob Preece. Since 2012, Rob Preece has led a number of meditation retreats at Vajrapani Institute. Rob will be leading two retreats at Vajrapani Institute in 2019, the first......

Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition