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Ngondro Module 2 – Purifying the Mind


Ngondro Module 2 – Purifying the Mind

April 15, 2024 – June 24, 2024

Online – Mondays

6pm-7:30pm PT | 8pm-9:30pm ET |8am* AEST Sydney
*April 16 in Sydney

This module focuses on clearing karma. It is includes one of the most important practices of Buddhist tantra – Vajrasattva meditation. This includes a clearing of unprocessed experiences and past misdeeds through the meditation and making amends for wrong doing. Vajrasattva mantras and meditation are introduced and instructed.

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Vajrayogini Retreat with

Pema Khandro & Drupon Rinchen Dorjee


May 3 -May 5, 2024

9am – 12pm PT | 12pm – 3pm ET | 5pm – 8pm GMT

Join us for this special event, the Vajrayogini Empowerment, an initiation into the inner tantra practice of generation stage meditation ~ led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Lama Pema Khandro. Vajrayogini is the female buddha embodying radical presence. To practice Vajrayogini meditation is to cut through to innermost wisdom and innate clarity.

This exceptional program will feature three half-days of instructions, empowerment and meditations of Vajrayogini. It will be led by Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who will give the empowerment and Lama Pema Khandro who will give the instructions for practice.

Pre-requisites: This event is open to the public. In order to practice the generation stage Vajrayogini meditation, Drupon Rinpoche requires that one must have completed the ngondro, or preliminary practices, of Vajrayana first. One may, however, receive the empowerment and teachings before completing ngondro to receive the blessing and prepare for later practice. To do the practice, one has to have completed ngondro. However, the first two practices  may be engaged regardless of having completed ngondro or not.

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with Pema Khandro

Registration Open
May 31 – June 2, 2024
Online & In-Person

Online Timing: 9am – 12pm PT | 12pm – 3pm ET | 5pm – 8pm GMT
In-Person Timing (PT): 9am – 5pm Fri  | 9am – 10pm Sat | 9am – 4pm Sun

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.

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.

It is a practice of healing through love towards one’s own mind, through releasing the fictive self the dualism that caused the appearance of “other” dissolves and an expansive intelligence becomes available.

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The Four Points of Letting Go in the Bardo

Pema Khandro for Lion’s Roar

We are always experiencing successive births and deaths. We feel the death of loved ones most acutely—there is something radical about the change in our reality. We are not given options, there is no room for negotiation, and the situation cannot be rationalized away or covered up by pretense. There is a total rupture in our who-I-am-ness, and we are forced to undergo a great and difficult transformation,” says Pema Khandro.

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2024 Schedule of Events


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


Ngondro Module 2 – April 15 – June 24


Vajrayogini Retreat – May 3-5
Chod Retreat – May 31 – June 2


Chod Retreat – May 31 – June 2

Choying Dzod Retreat – June 28-30
*All Times are noted in Pacific Time (PT) – Check your Timezone