✨Study with Pema Khandro Rinpoche and the Buddhist Studies Institute in Bhutan✨


Buddhist Studies Institute

Vajrayogini Retreat with

Pema Khandro & Drupon Rinchen Dorjee

July 12 – 14, 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.

Annual Dzogchen Retreat
Online or In-Person in San Diego, CA

Online and In-Person

August 15 – 17, 2024
10am – 6pm PT

In-Person Only

August 18, 2024

Tsok and Community Day at the Beach

Join Lama and Dzogchen scholar, Pema Khandro, in this three day immersion in Longchenpa’s instructions for holding on to the nature of mind.

A time to contemplate expansive peace and innermost presence, this retreat will focus on cultivating deep rest through advanced relaxation practice and study of Dzogchen teachings and meditation. This is an opportunity to connect with the beautiful poetry of esoteric Buddhism at its best through vantage point of Longchenpa, the great fourteenth century Dzogchen master.

This is meditation in its esoteric form taught in the Tibetan tradition as a method to find the uncontrived state of natural innate wisdom. Pema Khandro will teach from the 27 Practices for training for Dzogchen meditation from the sems nyid ngal gso, Longchenpa’s instructions from The Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease.

The retreat will focus on instructions that lay out the path from its foundations to the experience of deep contemplative awareness and experience beyond grasping. It includes guidance on the stages of meditation and the ways to unravel and find rest in the nature of mind. This is a path of encountering innate wisdom through letting go in its sweetest sense, the letting go of effort and tension to rediscover an uncontrived presence.

This retreat can be attended online OR you can register for the in-person option which will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach CA 92075. Please note the event is not sponsored by UUFSD. Please visit the registration page linked below for complete details including cost, registration deadlines, and complete information about lodging, meals, and more!

Ngondro Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom

Module 4 Begins September 9- October 28

Mondays – Online
5-6:30pm PT | 8-9:30pm ET | 10am-11:30am AEST

Build your life on a solid foundation.

Ngondro presents the core practices of Buddhist psychology, working with core needs in identity, relationality, forgiveness and repair, resources and the sense of empowerment. Join Pema Khandro and the Buddhist Studies Institute for a journey into Ngondro, the core practice of Buddhist tantra.

Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom. This module focuses on the key theme of Vajrayana, which is empowerment, to experience the power of the indestructible buddhanature within oneself. It begins with Vajrayogini meditation and the seven line prayer, a prayer used widely in the Nyingma tradition to supplicate the awakened mind. This is followed by the guru yoga meditation and merging into Buddhahood.

A Journey to Bhutan

In the Footsteps of Longchenpa

Pilgrimage to Longchenpa’s Eight Lings in the Himalayan Mountain Kingdom of Bhutan

With Dr. Pema Khandro & Jampa MacKenzie Stewart

October 2 – 18, 2024

Join us for a transformative pilgrimage through Bhutan from October 2nd to 18th, 2024, led by scholar-practitioner Dr. Pema Khandro and Buddhist author Jampa Mackenzie Stewart. This spiritual journey to the Himalayas offers an intimate exploration of the sacred sites and teachings of Dzogchen master Longchenpa. Experience the profound beauty of Bhutan’s landscapes, sacred sites, and its rich Vajrayana Buddhist culture.

Our meticulously crafted itinerary is designed to cater to all levels of physical fitness and interests, ensuring a fulfilling experience for everyone. From daily teachings and meditation sessions to interactions with local lamas and yogis, every aspect is thoughtfully planned to deepen your understanding of the Buddhist view.

This unique pilgrimage is not just a trip but a deep dive into the teachings of a great master. It offers insights into the essence of practice against the backdrop of Bhutan’s breathtaking beauty. Reserve your spot now, as space is limited.

Guided Shamatha Meditation

Pema Khandro for Lion’s Roar

Join Pema Khandro as she guides a silent sitting meditation known as shamatha, or calm abiding meditation, to quiet the mind. Click the link below to enjoy the video practice.

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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


Vajrayogini Retreat – July 12 – July 14

Dzogchen Retreat – August 15 – August 18

Ngondro Module 4 – September 9 – October 28

A Journey to Bhutan – October 2 – October 18

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