Our Location

Our Location

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek, CA at the end of a five-mile dirt road on the border of Castle Rock State Park. While secluded, we are relatively close to the San Jose and San Francisco airports.

 

If you are using a navigation system in your car or on your phone we recommend inputting the address of one of our local businesses, The Mountain Store at 125 Pool Drive in Boulder Creek CA 95006. Once your navigation system takes you there, you will drive less than a quarter of a mile on Pool Drive, turn left on Kings Creek Road, and follow Kings Creek Road for 5 miles. You should see occasional signs that let you know the distance left to travel and some prayer flags hanging over the road to let you know you are on the right path!

 

Please note this is our physical address and is not a mailing address. To reach us by mail, please contact us at PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006.

You can also download this PDF that provides detailed directions to our center.

Transportation Options

There are many public transit systems in the Bay Area. However, no public service is offered on the last five miles of the dirt road leading to Vajrapani Institute. You will need to arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey. See either of the options below for taxi information.

Taxi Services

The following taxi services offer transportation options from both San Jose and San Francisco.

 

Dave’s Cab: 831-818-4099

 

Ruben’s Airport Shuttle: 831-325-5836

 

Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

Public Transportation

San Francisco

 

  1. From the airport take the Sam Trans #292 and get off at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The Caltrain Station is across the street from the Shopping Center. http://www.samtrans.com/schedules.html
  2. Take the Southbound San Jose/Gilroy train from Hillsdale to San Jose Caltrain (also known as the ‘Diridon’ station). http://www.caltrain.com/timetable.html
  3. Take the Highway 17 Express bus (from ‘Diridon’ station) to the Scotts Valley (Caravallo) Transit Center.
    831 425-8600 (TTY 800-894-9908 FREE)
  4. Take the local bus (#35A) to Boulder Creek. Ask the driver if it goes to the Mountain Store. If not, ask if the driver can drop you off at Johnnie’s Super Market in Boulder Creek.
  5. No public service is offered on the last five miles of dirt road to get to us. You will need to pre-arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey.
    You may use a local taxi company such as Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

 

San Jose

 

  1. From the airport catch #10 VTA bus to Santa Clara Train Station. http://www.vta.org/
  2. Take the Southbound San Jose/Gilroy train just 1 or 2 stops to San Jose Caltrain Station (also known as the ‘Diridon’ station.)
    http://www.caltrain.com/timetable.html
  3. Take the Highway 17 Express bus (from ‘Diridon’ station) to the Scotts Valley (Caravallo) Transit Center.
    831 425-8600 (TTY 800-894-9908 FREE)
  4. Take the local bus (#35A) to Boulder Creek. Ask the driver if it goes to the Mountain Store (ideal). If not, ask if the driver can drop you off at Johnnie’s Super Market in Boulder Creek.
  5. No public service is offered on the last five miles of dirt road to get to us. You will need to pre-arrange a car or taxi, or be prepared to walk the final length of the journey.
    You may use a local taxi company such as Gary at SLV Taxis: 831-419-8636

Upcoming Retreats

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.

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Nature & Healing into Wholeness: A Daylong

Tenzin Ösel Hita

August 3, 2019
This day of exploration will take you on a journey designed to forge a connection with a broader sense of yourself and your unique expression in the world. It also aims to give you a glimpse of the real juice at the heart of spiritual practice. You will be led through a variety of activities and practices aimed at gradually facilitating a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. A highlight of the day is a special talk with Tenzin Ösel Hita (the recognized incarnation of FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe) Ösel is known for his lightness and…

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Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition www.FPMT.org