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An Update from Elaine

An Update from Elaine

Elaine Jackson, our resident teacher, has been in self quarantine with her partner Keith since the beginning of March. She is using this time for retreat and doing prayers for the center and all of us.  She shares this with you during this time. Walking into my meditation room this ...
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Our COVID-19 Update

Our COVID-19 Update

Hello dearest community, In these uncertain times, our team, like so many communities worldwide, has had an opportunity to reflect on the interdependence of all beings. Recent events are inviting us to practice great mindfulness and caring, knowing that the ripples of our actions extend to all people, near and ...
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Want to Know the Dalai Lama’s Secret?

Want to Know the Dalai Lama’s Secret?

By Catherine Graham A glimpse of the beaming face of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, especially in these queasy times, is hugely uplifting. It’s like the sight of ray of sunshine after weeks of grim rain. Consistently over the decades, media pictures show him laughing playfully, or connecting humorously with ...
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Nurturing the Land: Letting Its Magic Shine

Nurturing the Land: Letting Its Magic Shine

by Heidi Oehler, Vajrapani Institute's Executive Director It’s time to take a deep exhale. Time to breathe and be. How often do you get caught up in the doing? The going? The ‘making’ things happen? Sensing into this energy, can you feel the quality of this? Can you feel the ...
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Innate Creative Vigor

Innate Creative Vigor

Here at Vajrapani Institute, we are blessed with a very rare gift to help hold a sacred container for all people on their spiritual paths. Along with an amazing calendar of group retreats all year long, we also offer a special opportunity to go on private retreat here. So often, ...
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From Boy Scout to Buddhist: A Conversation with Rob Preece

From Boy Scout to Buddhist: A Conversation with Rob Preece

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 in March, titled Awakening the ...
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Prayer Wheel of Compassion Phase One Complete!

Prayer Wheel of Compassion Phase One Complete!

Vajrapani Insititute has now finished Phase One of the Prayer Wheel of Compassion project that we first announced in December 2016.  Thank you!  But we still need your help; please read on. The 10 ft x 7 ft Prayer Wheel will contain 5 trillion (5,000,000,000,000) copies of OM MANI PADME HUM, ...
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From Storms to a Record Breaking Year

From Storms to a Record Breaking Year

Dear Community Member, First of all, thank you for taking the time to look at this Annual Report. Thank you for caring. If there is a word that summarizes 2017, it would be: ‘Caring’. Depending on when you joined the community, you are probably already aware of the dramatic events that punctuated ...
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Letter from Heidi to the Community

Letter from Heidi to the Community

Hello Family! It’s so good to be sharing with you all! Excitement dances through me as I write about stepping into serving you all once again.  Vajrapani Institute - the land, the founders, the staff (past and present) and the community, hold such a dear place in my heart. I ...
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H.E. the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche - Brief Biography

H.E. the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche – Brief Biography

His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India, on 18 November 1985. In 1987, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (1903 – 1983), who was the most Senior Tutor ...
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Interview with Elaine Jackson, Resident Teacher

Interview with Elaine Jackson, Resident Teacher

We are excited to welcome Elaine Jackson as our new Resident Teacher.  She is a founder and former Director of Vajrapani Institute and a treasured member of our community for  many years. Here's an interview our staff member Louie Markovitz conducted with Elaine. What drew you to the spiritual path? Although ...
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Vajrapani Land Map

A Whole New Foundation

In 2016 we announced our plan to upgrade our entire infrastructure. From electric to water, communications to gas, with your help, we are building the foundation for future generations of practitioners to practice, reflect, and lay their own individual spiritual foundations. We realized then, as we do now, the challenge ...
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Upcoming Retreats

Touching Peace: An Online Introduction to Meditation Weekly Drop-In Session

Elaine Jackson

Open Dates
Mindful attention to the present moment allows us to see what is helpful and beneficial, leading towards peacefulness right here, now. Learning to see what brings benefit and what brings harm, will incline us towards developing skills that lead to more clarity and peace, and away from those things that bring harm, obstruction and confusion.

Online Lamrim and Mahamudra Meditation

Venerable René Feusi

Open Dates
For those who are familiar with Buddhism and in particular with the Lamrim teachings this is an opportunity to nurture your daily meditation, being at home while benefiting from the community feeling.

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