Vajrayana Institute

A place to fully realise your potential for the benefit of self and others

Welcome to Vajrayana Institute

We offer an extensive program of teachings, meditation, retreats, counseling, healing and social work. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for people to fully realise their potential, transforming their hearts and minds for the benefit of all beings.

VI is a non-profit incorporated association that is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a grouping of over 150 meditation centres worldwide. FPMT was established in the 1970s by Lama Thubten Yeshe and the current spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Our teachings are in accordance with the philosophy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Find out more about our lineage here

Try our classes at VI

February 19, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Class

Monday (February 19, 2018)
Buddhism for Beginners 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Mind & It's Potential - withVen Thubten Chokyi
Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to...
Buddhism 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Basic Program: Tantric Grounds & Paths - withJampa Ignyen
In brief, the buddhahood achieved over countless aeons you will attain in this birth through the most excellent...
Tuesday (February 20, 2018)
Classes with Geshe Samten 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm A Praise of Dependent Arising by Lama Tsongkhapa - withGeshe Ngawang Samten
A Praise of Dependent Arising was composed with great devotion by Lama Tsongkhapa, combining his understanding of the precise...
Wednesday (February 21, 2018)
Art Classes 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Weekly Art Class: Traditional Tibetan Painting - withPaul Smith
Students will learn the meaning and practice of drawing and painting traditional Buddhist art in the Tibetan style,...
Meditation 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Meditation for kids - withJacqui & Lesta Coughlin
This half-hour introductory program for primary school aged children (5-12 yrs old) will include a simple meditation, with...
Meditation 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Drop-in Meditation - withAlan Marsh
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join Alan...
Buddhism for Beginners 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Introduction to Buddhism - withAleta Coroneo
Curious about Buddhism? Join our course for complete beginners. It presents basic Buddhist principles and simple meditation instructions...
Thursday (February 22, 2018)
Classes with Geshe Samten 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Basic Program: Sublime Continuum - withGeshe Ngawang Samten
I bow to the one who, with no beginning, middle or end, has a serene stillness and is...
Friday (February 23, 2018)
Meditation 10:00 am - 11:00 am Drop-in Meditation - withAlan Marsh
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join Alan...
Yoga 11:15 am - 12:30 pm Yoga - withTony Steel
Yoga works with the body and the breath to still the mind. Through regular practice, achieve a sense...
Buddhism 5:00 pm - 8:00 am Losar Nyung Nae Retreat - withVen Thubten Chokyi
This Nyung-Nae is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. It is a retreat of body, speech...
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tara Puja - withVen Thubten Chokyi
A puja is a special ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas or different manifestations of...
Saturday (February 24, 2018)
Buddhism 5:00 am - 11:55 pm Losar Nyung Nae Retreat - withVen Thubten Chokyi
This Nyung-Nae is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. It is a retreat of body, speech...
Sunday (February 25, 2018)
Buddhism 5:00 am - 11:55 pm Losar Nyung Nae Retreat - withVen Thubten Chokyi
This Nyung-Nae is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. It is a retreat of body, speech...
Meditation 10:30 am - 11:30 am Drop-in Meditation - withVen Thubten Chokyi
Peace begins in the mind and a peaceful mind benefits both you and those around you. Join us...
Buddhism 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Tsog, Guru Puja - withVen Thubten Chokyi
A puja is a special ceremony in which prayers are offered to the Buddhas or different manifestations of...
Monday (February 26, 2018)
Buddhism 5:00 am - 8:00 am Losar Nyung Nae Retreat - withVen Thubten Chokyi
This Nyung-Nae is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. It is a retreat of body, speech...
Buddhism for Beginners 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Mind & It's Potential - withVen Thubten Chokyi
Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to...
Buddhism 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Basic Program: Tantric Grounds & Paths - withJampa Ignyen
In brief, the buddhahood achieved over countless aeons you will attain in this birth through the most excellent...

February 19, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Founder, FPMT

Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered the great Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, where he studied until 1959, when the Chinese invasion of Tibet forced him into exile in India. Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967 when with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu, in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners. In 1974, the Lamas began making annual teaching tours to the West, and as a result of these travels a worldwide network of FPMT Buddhist teaching and meditation centres began to develop. More details of Rinpoche’s life and work can be found on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website.

Spiritual Director, FPMT

Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. At the age of three he was recognised as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, who had lived nearby at Lawudo, within sight of Rinpoche’s home. At the age of 10, Rinpoche went to Tibet and studied and meditated at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monastery near Pagri, until the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan. Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The Lamas went to Nepal in 1967, and over the next few years built Kopan and Lawudo Monasteries. In 1974, with Lama Yeshe, Rinpoche began traveling the world to teach and establish centers of Dharma. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Rinpoche took over as spiritual director of FPMT which has continued to flourish under his peerless leadership. More details of Rinpoche’s life and work can be found on the FPMT website.

Geshe-la was born at Panchamari, MP, India. At the age of nine, he entered the Sera Monastic Institute and took the vows of monk ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Geshe-la completed his studies and attained his Geshe degree at the highest level of a Lharampa, the equivalent of a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. He taught as a lecturer in the Gelug tradition at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath. Since 2003, Geshe-la has been the main resident teacher at VI.

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