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Compassion and Community

Friday, 18 April 2014
This past January over 90 members of our extended community participated in our compassion meditation. They committed to meditating on the topic of compassion for 30 minutes each day, 5 days each week, for the entire month of January. This collective effort of cultivating compassion has been a transformative experience for many. 

Where It All Began

Friday, 18 April 2014
Vajrapani Institute is where it all began for me.  I consider it my spiritual home, and was blessed to live there for 1 year.  I have such warm and fond memories of my time at Vajrapani.  I must admit that I fell in love with the forest, the community, and the teachings.  
“People feel a need to engage in meaningful activity these days – the suffering is so intense – that something as global a concept as prayer appeals to a broad spectrum. And if someone practices properly, as a result they will become more compassionate and able to engage in activism in a more helpful way.”  Ven. Lhundup Nyingje

Buddhism and Community

Friday, 18 April 2014
Community is people interacting together in different ways for many reasons.  I am a part of this Vajrapani community, but I don’t have a well-defined idea of how it supports my spiritual development.  This series of articles will explore the role of community in spiritual practice. 
“Dear Friends, as we set out on the journey together, I want to remind the reader that this is not a sad story. There is nothing to be “fixed.” There is no need for pity. My life has become so much richer because of my illness that, if given the chance, it would be difficult to choose a course different from the one I have been led down over…

Community in a Time of Need

Friday, 18 April 2014
I live in a cabin that sits high on the mountain and overlooks the land here at Vajrapani Institute. Recently, in the stillness of the evening, I watched the fog drift low through the mountains.  Rain drops sparkled like tiny stars that clung to the branches and leaves.  The evening was gentle and soft, both in the silence and the air itself.  Eventually that stillness was broken when the…

Cultivating Happiness

Friday, 18 April 2014
Every human being has an innate longing for love – to love and to be loved – to belong, to be connected to others. Modern neuroscience explains that this “need” arose as early humans lived in bands and depended upon one another for their survival. It is hardwired into our psyche.

Keeping Things Neat

Saturday, 05 April 2014
Strictly speaking, the retreat cabins here at Vajrapani are not empty. They have a bed, blankets, pillows, a chair, a closet, cupboards and a counter, a carpet, a few lights, a meditation desk, mats, a cushion, and an altar. The altar has an assortment of its own smaller objects as well; books, incense, tea lights. However, upon arrival the cabin is empty of you and whatever you decide to…

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