Vajrayana Institute offers a variety of classes and workshops suitable for students of all levels. The teachings are colour coded to make finding a class that suits your level of understanding easy!
Given the rising number of individuals working in high stress occupations, Balancing Emotions is especially relevant. It provides a number of different, practical emotional skills which lead to a better understanding of our emotional life and support an increase in constructive emotional episodes.
Through careful investigation of our mental and emotional life and our embodied experience, we can generate superb emotional balance. Suitable for everyone whether you are religious or not
Buddhism for Daily Life
Whether we are religious or not, we all want to make the most of our life and not be caught wasting time on distractions. Discover how to make every moment of the day more meaningful and how to transform our mundane activities into the path to lasting happiness.
Buddhism for Beginners
Key Buddhist topics to help us live with an open heart and a clear mind (how to meditate, our potential for Buddhahood, faith based on logic and experience, death and reincarnation, karma and compassion) Includes hands-on practice in sitting comfortably, setting up an altar and a developing a daily practice.
By engaging in this program, you will gain an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings, meditation & retreat experience, and the skills you need to make your life most meaningful. Discovering Buddhism is designed not only as an academic study of Buddhism, but is intended to change your life. Each module is 5 weeks in length plus a retreat day workshop.
A series of one day programmes that explain, in more depth, key issues of Tibetan Buddhism. They are presented by our resident teacher, Geshe Samten
Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
The teaching on Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (or Lam Rim in Tibetan) presents a graduated way of learning and practising the teachings of the Buddha in a systematic way. By reflecting and meditating on topics like refuge and karma, we can gradually enhance our positive qualities of kindness and wisdom, and lessen the hold of our harmful habits. In this series, we will look at the practical aspects of how to meditate on the different Buddhist topics effectively. Each weekly session will include an explanation of the topic and pointers on how to work with it in both meditation and daily life, guided meditations to experience the topic for ourselves, and time for discussion and Q&A
Traditional Tibetan Teachings
Our resident teacher, Geshe Samten, has an ongoing teaching program that is open for all to attend. This is a rare opportunity to receive teachings from a highly qualified Tibetan teacher.
Weekly classes for students who are ready to explore Buddhist Philosophy even more deeply. These courses offer a rare opportunity to study specific topics or texts with an experienced teacher in small groups – if you have the time, grab the opportunity! These courses are for students who already have a fairly stable understanding of the core concepts within Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.
We offer drop-in guided meditations led by experienced students. These sessions are suitable for complete beginners and those who have more familiarity with meditation. Registration is not necessary, just drop-in.
A puja is a ceremony in which meditational prayers are offered to the Buddhas and holy beings to request their blessings or help. Traditionally in a monastery monks and nuns perform prayers for the long life, health and success of their teachers, friends, benefactors, all living beings, and for world peace. Pujas are performed to avert or clear three kinds of obstacles: worldly, inner and secret obstacles; conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals. Pujas are also performed for general success in all activities, for the sick and dying, and for the deceased. All welcome!
- Cittamani Tara Puja
- Medicine Buddha Puja
- Guru Puja
We celebrate the major auspicious days on the Buddhist calendar, including Losar (Tibetan New Year) Buddha’s Birthday, Day of Miracles, and Descent from Tushita.