Upcoming Retreats

Finding Greater Ease: Introduction to Meditation

Elaine Jackson

February 6 - 9, 2020
Everyone wants happiness. Unfortunately, the faulty assumptions by which we live our lives do not afford us the pleasure of abiding in a state of perpetual happiness, peace, and contentment. Buddhism promises such a state. When successfully training our minds through various meditation techniques, happiness follows.

The Heart of Chenrezig: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Meditation Techniques for Challenging Times

Venerable Amy Miller

February 27 - March 1, 2020
In this program, Ven. Amy Miller will help us explore how being present with our pain, fear and aversion, and moving with kindness and mindfulness through less than comfortable mind states, is the key to transformation.

A Practical Guide to True Happiness: Spring Lam Rim Retreat

Elaine Jackson

March 27 - April 5, 2020
If you are curious about Tibetan Buddhism, but haven't yet found time to take the plunge and explore, or if you have attended a few teachings and are eager to learn more about the Buddhist path to true happiness, this could well be the ideal course for you. Comprising a combination of daily teaching and meditation sessions, as well as group discussions and opportunities for Q and A, this retreat is based on the time-honored “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” (Lam Rim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Cultivating Attention and Heartfulness Through Meditation

Ryan Redman and Eve Ekman

April 9 - 12, 2020
Given the challenges of daily of life, the mind can be our greatest friend or foe. On this weekend retreat, we will explore a variety of meditation techniques designed to cultivate and sustain attention, kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and even-heartedness in our everyday life.

Tara the Liberator: A Practice Retreat

Geshe Gelek Chodha

April 16 - 19, 2020
A precious opportunity to connect, or deepen your connection, with Tara the Liberator, the all-compassionate female Buddha who is so beloved to many Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Geshe Gelek has deep reverence for and faith in Tara, as well as many years of Tara practice experience. His hope is that this retreat will support you in developing your devotion towards Tara, and will provide you with a level of understanding and a certain familiarity with Tara sadhana practice (guided meditation). At the retreat's end, you will have learned all you need to continue this powerful practice at home.

Vajrayogini Retreat: Exploring the Sublime Path to Bliss

Elaine Jackson

April 29 - May 3, 2020
Level Strictly Highest Yoga Tantra Initiates Only (see "Prerequisites" sections below for further information on what is required.)   Silence Level Partial silence (we will ease into silence, depending on consensus.)   What is it? The Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini is held to be especially effective in “degenerate times” as it skillfully cuts through ignorance and cultivates profound wisdom, love and compassion. . In this 5-day retreat, through the power of meditation, we will delve into each of the eleven yogas of this practice,  in order to unpack its meaning. We will explore the many visualizations and experience the various positive…

Eight Pillars of Joy: Making the Most of Your Precious Life

Don Handrick and Emily Hsu

May 7 - 10, 2020
What is joy and how can we bring more of this precious quality into our lives and our world? This retreat offers a practical exploration of eight powerful insights into what brings us true joy, examined through the lens of wisdom shared by two of the most respected spiritual leaders in the world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The course's content is based on a delightful and wide-ranging conversation between these two beloved elders that was published in 2016 and rapidly became an international bestseller: "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World."
The Vajrapani Institue will be closed during the month of January for our staff retreat. We will reopen on Saturday, February 1st.