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Compassion as the Foundation of Vajrayana: An Introduction to Tantra

Residential Program
Dates: Mar 11, 2024 - Mar 13, 2024
Days: Monday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 2 nights

Instructor(s): Megan Mook

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Program Description:

This program is co-sponsored by Dharma Gates and is intended for participants ages 18-35.

Compassion is the foundation of all Vajrayana Buddhist practice and also its goal. Vajrayana is a rich and complex tradition that works with the subtle energies of the body and the imagination as a means of actualizing compassionate activity that is inseparable from non-dual, non-conceptual knowing.

This program includes both intellectual as well as experiential learning. Intellectually, participants will learn a brief history and the theoretical basis of the Vajrayana. Experientially, participants will explore traditional compassion meditations that seek to radically expand one’s perception of one’s self and one’s world.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.


Students should be familiar with foundational mindfulness practice. A regular practice is recommended, but not required.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • A long-term student of both Tibetan Buddhism and yoga, Megan Mook holds a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies and has traveled extensively pursuing Dharma, yoga, and herbalism for the past 20 years. Megan regularly offers Buddhist retreats and philosophy classes, in addition to hosting Dharma Friends, a monthly community gathering at Tibet House NYC. Megan also leads international Buddhist pilgrimages for Tricycle Buddhist Review.