Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat center located in the beautiful redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California.
Built by the disciples of the late Lama Thubten Yeshe on 75 acres at the ford of two creeks, amidst tall trees and local wildlife, our extremely blessed land has been visited by generations of spiritual practitioners including such holy beings as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Vajrapani is also a:
- 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization
- Member of the Foundation for the Preservation for the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
For over 30 years, Vajrapani has been providing a quiet and sacred place for practitioners of all traditions to improve their hearts and minds through extended isolated spiritual practice, known as retreat.
We offer secluded private cabins, group programs with internationally renowned Buddhist teachers, and facility rental arrangements with other local spiritual groups.
We are located high up in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains near the border of Castle Rock State Park. While we are relatively close to the San Jose and San Francisco airports our land offers peace and seclusion for all visitors.