Welcome to the Buddhist Studies Institute. We believe that online education can revolutionize the study of Buddhism. Our mission is to share the profound resources of the Buddhist tradition with you right where you are – because we believe education is liberating. BSI offers a community of study and practice as well as an online shedra – the Buddhist philosophical college adapted to support the online learner.

Enjoy conversations with Pema Khandro, Geshe Sonam, Jan Willis, Ven. Thubten Chodron and so many others. Take live classes every week, study ancient texts with Pema Khandro, learn meditation with Janak, practice White Tara meditation with Satya, discuss Vajrayana…Discover Buddhism as a journey into freedom of mind and find support for a whole-hearted, vigorous engagement with Buddhism and its diverse interpretations.

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New to Buddhism? Start by Exploring our Open Teachings

Weekly Online Classes

Practice Meditation
Study Original Buddhist Texts
Dialogue, Discussion, Q & A

Pema Khandro

Founder and Director of the Buddhist Studies Institute

Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar 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 post-modern context.

Pema Khandro is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects: The Buddhist Studies Institute, The Yogic Medicine Institute and Dakini Mountain. For more information visit www.PemaKhandro.org

Join Pema Khandro Online every Wednesday 6pm PST/ 9pm EST

1st Weds  – Vajrayana Training

2nd Weds – Vajrayana Training

3rd Weds – Ngakpa Training Shedra Class by Invitation

4th Weds – Open Teaching: Excellent Path to Enlightenment

4th Weds – Ngakpa Training Discussion Group

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A Bodhisattvas Way of Life & Valid Cognition

The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Study the guide to the way of life of love and compassion, the classic text at the heart of Mahayana Buddhism. This class covers essential topics of Buddhist philosophy including emptiness, bodhichitta (the altruistic enlightened intent) and the nature of wisdom. Chapter 9 offers one of the most succinct encapsulations of Madhyamaka philosophy.

Valid Cognition & Ways of Knowing

Study Buddhist logic and epistemology to understand how mind knows, (in Sanskrit, Pramana or in Tibetan, tshad ma) and identify how wrong knowledge causes cyclic suffering. This is the study of a classic text on Valid Cognition the Pramanavaritika, translated into English by Geshe Sonam.

These classes are part of the shedra classes in our Ngakpa Training, but are also open to students with previous Buddhist studies experience. To inquire about joining – email info@buddhiststudiesinstitute.org

Geshe Sonam
Following his more than twenty years of intensive monastic studies on the five major treatises of Buddhism, and upon clearing all the six successive years of examination, in Jan 2019, Geshe Ngawang Sonam was formally conferred the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa [Traditional degree equivalent to PhD in Buddhism] by Gelugpa Monastic Seat of Learning [Gelugpa Monastic University]. In Nov. 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called him to work in His Office, and presently he works there as a translator and a Buddhist scholar. Geshe Ngawang Sonam’s first book ‘In the Footsteps of Siddhartha’ was published in 2010. His translation of Shantideva’s work Bodhisattvacharyaavatara is going to print very soon. Alongside his office work, he also finds time to teach and attend conferences with modern scholars and scientists as a speaker.

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 focus on instruction in the methods of Calm Abiding, known as Zhine (Tib. གཞི་གནས། gzhi gnas). This is a classical Buddhist meditation which uses concentration techniques and  a posture of stillness to allow the mind to become serene.

New members are welcome!

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.

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The Yogic Medicine Institute

Learn About Our Sister Project

Let the ancient knowledge of Himalayan medicine restore vibrant well-being in your body and mind. Enjoy the detoxification and longevity practices of 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

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