Fall 2017 Programs at Vajra Vidya Portland

Khenpo Choephel
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Friday evening, September 15 to Sunday, September 17

During this weekend program, Khenpo Choephel will teach from The Way of the Bodhisattva, a classic of mahayana Buddhism by the eighth-century master Shantideva. Khenpo Choephel is the first Western khenpo (professor/preceptor) appointed by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. In addition to teaching in North America and Asia, Khenpo Choephel regularly translates for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and Thrangu Rinpoche. His published translations include Vivid Awareness, Heart of the Dharma, Ngondro for Our Current Day, and Jewels from the Treasury.

This program is appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners.

Tentative schedule:
Friday 9/15, 7:00 pm talk
Saturday 9/16 and Sunday 9/17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Program fee: $95 ($80 for members)


Khenpo Lobzang:
The Mahamudra Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar
Wednesday, November 8 to Sunday, November 12

During this five-day program, Khenpo Lobzang will teach from the mahamudra instructions of the twentieth-century Tibetan master Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo. Mahamudra meditation develops both tranquility and insight into the nature of the mind. Khenpo Lobzang will also teach and lead the practice of Konchok Chindu. For many years the director of Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastic college at Vajra Vidya Institute in India, Khenpo Lobzang now lives and teaches at the Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Colorado.

This program is open to those who have taken the refuge vow.

Tentative schedule:
Wednesday 11/8 to Sunday 11/12, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Program fee: $230 ($195 for members)

Space at V.V.P. is limited.
Please register using the Paypal link below or by sending a check
(include your phone number and email address) to:

Vajra Vidya Portland
PO Box 7793
Portland, ME 04112

Your registration will be confirmed when payment is received.
If you have any questions, please email or call 774.6986

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V.V.P. Scholarship Fund

V.V.P is funded entirely by membership dues, donations and program fees. We are committed to making our teachings, classes and study/practice opportunities available to everyone.
If you are unable to pay the listed cost, please email:

or phone: 207.774.6986, to discuss your circumstances.
If you are able to make an additional donation, please consider contributing to our Scholarship Fund, which supports attendance for those who are unable to afford this teaching.