✨ It’s not too late…the Chod Retreat: Laughter of the Dakinis with Pema Khandro Starts Tomorrow✨


Buddhist Studies Institute


Laughter of the Dakini’s Chod Retreat

with Pema Khandro

Online & at Dakini Mountain (for members)*
May 31 – June 2, 2024

Online Schedule

9am – 12pm PT | 12pm – 3pm ET | 5pm – 8pm GMT
*In-Person schedule differs and is located on the registration page linked below

Laughter of the Dakini’s Chod is a profound method of psychological transformation in esoteric Buddhism.  Chod is a class of meditation that points to the fearless transformation available when trusting our own innate wisdom. The practice opens a space beyond concepts that allows the inner knowing to emerge.Chod means cutting, referring to cutting through fictions to authentic presence. This cutting is not aggressive, yet it is assertive, wise and commanding, drawing from a place in being where one is capable of cutting what needs to be cut to move compassionately beyond self deception.

Morning sessions will begin with practicing the Black Dakini, the profound deity yoga meditation on the black wrathful dakini from the Jeweled Garland of Chod, (the Rinchen Trengwa) that was practiced by the first Pema Khandro and passed down from fourteenth century Tibet. This practice culminates in the generation of one’s own inner wisdom as the Black Fierce Dakini, Troma Nagmo.

*In-Person & Online:
This will be a hybrid event with large group teaching sessions broadcast online. Tsok, Chod dances and Secret Chod small group sessions will be for in-person participants only. Everything else will be available for the online group. Only students who have been accepted to the Vajra Sangha, and members, are invited to attend in person. Space is limited to the first 30 to register. The In-Person Schedule varies and can be found on the registration page linked below.

Access all the Chod Resources:
This retreat will include transmission and practice of all these methods and will include access to dozens of online self-paced videos on how to practice Chod. Watch the videos in advance to prepare for the retreat or watch them afterwards to continue your learning!

A Special Reunion:
The 2024 Chod retreat is a profound occasion of the sangha gathering in person at the glorious land of Dakini Mountain in the scenic Tahoe National Forest of Northern California. This retreat marks the special occasion of Saga Dawa, the birthday and enlightenment of the Buddha, the most auspicious time to practice together with spiritual community.

Register for Chod Retreat

2024 Schedule of Events


Daily Meditation Online
Vajrayana Training 1st & 2nd Wednesday of each month
Ngakpa Training 3rd Wednesday of each month


Chod Retreat – May 31 – June 2


Chod Retreat – May 31 – June 2

Choying Dzod Retreat – June 28 – 30


Ngondro Module 3 – Mountain of Jewels – Starts July 1

Vajrayogini Retreat – July 12 – July 14

Dzogchen Retreat – August 15 – 18


A Journey to Bhutan – October 2 – October 18

*All Times are noted in Pacific Time (PT) – Check your Timezone