Practice & Study Groups

Although VVP remains closed to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 health emergency, we are pleased to resume our study and practice groups via ZOOM video conference.  Please see below for more information.

Monday Hinayana/Mahayana Study Group

Our Monday night group studies Hinayana and Mahayana teachings. The meditation portion of each session includes chanting and shamatha and tonglen meditation, followed by a discussion of the reading. This group is open to those who have taken our introductory meditation class. If you are already a Buddhist practitioner with an established shamatha and tonglen practice and would like to join us on Mondays, please contact Peter at

Wednesday Three-Yana Study Group

The Wednesday group is for people who have taken refuge and attended the Monday night Hinayana-Mahayana group for one year, or already have an established Vajrayana practice. If you meet these requirements, please contact Kay at

Friday Morning Ngondro Group

On Friday mornings from 9-10:30 AM, we offer a group for practitioners of the Karma Kagyu ngondro.  Contact Ted at for more information.

Faith, Devotion & Blessings

1st & 3rd Saturday mornings of each month.  A study and practice group focused on the principles of faith, devotion and blessings in the Karma Kagyu tradition. For those who have taken refuge vows. Click here for more information.

Alternate Sunday Medicine Buddha Practice

Inspired by Thrangu Rinpoche’s encouragement that practicing Medicine Buddha sadhana during the pandemic would be especially beneficial for all beings, we have been practicing on alternate Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM. Contact Kay ( for more information. 

Monthly Dharma Reading Group on Race

This group is designed for those who want to educate themselves about race/racism in the United States within a discussion that prioritizes Dharma principles, including overcoming ignorance, generating compassion, and developing wisdom. You do not need to be a student of Buddhism in order to join.  Click here for more information.



We are looking forward to returning to our shrine room as soon as possible and gearing up to broadcast via Zoom. You can help! Please click here to learn more.

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