Lama Yeshe's Vajrapani Institute (1987)

The following article is from the Spring, 1987 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Vajrapani Institute was founded in 1977 under the inspiration of Lama Yeshe. They have steadily grown to become one of the most important dharma centers in the US. We received the following calender of events:

June 5-7. 12-14: Healing Meditation Course, Ann McNeil.

In this course we will learn how various meditations can affect stress by transforming those blocked energies into wholeness, awarness and joyful well-being energy. We will practice learning how to be healed in order to help others be healed.

Weekend fee: $75

Ann McNeil, a formerly Buddhist nun for 16 years, spent the last two years as a meditation instructor specializing in healing meditation in Germany, Austria, Greece.

June 15-July 23rd: Building at Vajrapani Institute

We will be completing the main Gompa and building new retreat facilities. Anyone with building skills is welcome.

July 24. 25, 26: The Wish-Fulfilling Yellow Tara Commentary and Retreat. Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen

Prior Yellow Tara initiation required.

Geshe Gyaltsen, a graduate of Sera College, Lhasa is a contemporary of Geshe Sopa of Madison, WI and is presently spiritual head of Thubten Dargye Ling center in Los Angeles.

Weekend Fee: $75

August 2-9: Healing and Self: Healing Using the Body Energy System and Shamanism, Antonio Costa e Silva.

This course will deal in the art and process of healing body and mind, spiritual healing, exorcism of evil forces, the way of the shaman, meditation/shamanistic ritual (drumming), body energy fields full moon shamanic ritual for cleansing and healing, and healing circles.

Anionia Costa e Silva, a native of Brazil, is a student-practitioner of spiritualism, Tibetan Buddhism, Tantric Yoga, and shamanic techniques. He worked for six years as a healer and counselor in Rio de Janeiro. Currently he is a counsultant with the Family Medicine Division of the San Jose Hospital.

Course Fee: $350 or $50 a day.

August 16-23: Lectues by Jeffrey Hopkins

16th: The Psychology of Vajrayana

17 & 18: Death and the Intermediate State

19th & 20th: Reincarnation and the Nature of the Mind

21st-23rd: Emptiness

Jeffrey Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Religious Studies at the Univ. of Virginia and the author of numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism.

Course Fee: $280

Weekend: $75

August 28th-30th: Heruka Vajrasattva Retreat

Prior Heruka Vajrasattva initiation required. Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen.

Retreat Fee: $75

Sept. 11-23: Guhyasamaja Initiation, Commentary and Meditational Practice on the Sadhana, Ganden Tri Rinpoche

H.H. Jampel Shenpen is the 98th Ganden Tri Rinpoche, one of the highest positions within Tibetan Buddhism.

Fee: $425

For further information please write to: Vajrapani Institute, Box I, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, 408-338-9540/6654.

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