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Pema Khandro

Founder and Spiritual Director of the Community of Buddhist Yogis in North America

Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, scholar, and humanitarian, specializing in the philosophy and practice of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis and their Dzogchen teachings.  

Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku, and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context.

Pema Khandro is the founder of Ngakpa International, the Yogic Medicine Institute, three residential centers and Dakini Mountain. For more information visit

What Is a Tibetan Buddhist Yogi?

Our vibrant community trains in the philosophy and practices of Tibetan Buddhist Yogis, the non-celibate, life-embracing path of esoteric Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhist Yogis integrate training of the body, heart and mind with a full life, immersed in work, family and society. We specialize in practices which are simple, direct experience of wakefulness and ease, while also offering a complete sequential training in traditional Vajrayana body-mind education. Our speciality is Buddhism’s most treasured path to awakening intrinsic wisdom, known as The Great Perfection (Dzogchen), a class of Vajrayana teachings known for their emphasis on naturalness, authenticity, and presence.

The tradition of Buddhist Yogis dates back to the eight and ninth century in Tibet, with its roots in the householder traditions of Buddhist India. Known for its emphasis on philosophy and meditation, Buddhist Yogis prefer not to become monks or nuns but instead live dynamic, complex lives. Even though they do the same training as their monastic counterparts – Buddhist Yogi’s family, relationships and community are considered aids to the spiritual path.

Based on the teachings of Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche, the Buddhist Yogis Sangha continues the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist Yogis while exploring the practical application of Buddhist wisdom in the modern context. This includes a special dedication to nourishing vitality through natural medicine as the key to embracing Buddhist wisdom as applied and embodied, as well as a dedication to humanitarian efforts to contribute support to the orphans, elders, and teachers sustaining these traditions in the Himalayas today. We affirm gender equality, inclusion, and diversity as the expressions of the pure goodness that is the true basis of ultimate reality. Become a Member of the Buddhist Yogis Sangha for free now.

Embody Buddhist Wisdom in Work, Family, and Society

Meditation Mondays

Train in Buddhist Meditation Online

Experience the power of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Meditation Mondays are online classes, so you have accessible instruction wherever you are.

These meditation classes include dynamic meditations which train the mind in focus and calm, meditations with mantra, prayers, and visualizations.

With attention to the body posture, breathing practice and enlightened intent, these meditations take us deep and wake us up.

All members have access to meditation classes online! 

Meditation Mondays are led by Janak Kimmel, who is also the Vajrayana Training Coordinator.  Janak will teach you meditation, answer your questions and support you in establishing a daily practice.

Radiance Retreats

Cleansing and Rejuvenation

Let the ancient knowledge of Himalayan medicine restore vibrant well-being in your body and mind. Enjoy the detoxification and longevity practices of Buddhist Yogis including Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Radiance Retreats you will enjoy three to thirty-five days of therapies, massage, nutrition, cleansing, and rejuvenation in a small group setting or private retreat. Protect your body while allowing it to remove toxins safely, efficiently, and thoroughly. Ayurvedic Panchakarma helps your body let go of layers of undigested material. Each body is different, so your cleansing program is tailored just for you. Enjoy luxurious integrative therapies, bliss yoga, shirodhara and so much more. Radiance Retreats are led by Aruna Rigdzin and Satya Shiva. Benefit from their two decades of training, warm hospitality and extraordinary guidance. Learn more here