Buddhist Practices for Death & Dying


Buddhist Studies Institute

The Bardo Retreat:

Teachings on Death & Dying

November 3-5


5pm PT San Francisco | 8pm ET New York | 11am AET Sydney

Facing realities of dying, death, and grief are central to our human experience. This program offers practical instructions for helping others in the process of dying and an overview of essential knowledge on death, bardo, and rebirth. This includes self-paced lectures on dying, loss, grief, and illness from Lamas and scholars of Buddhist Studies. This also includes recorded lectures, and conversations with experts in caregiving, hospice, Buddhist ministry, Tibetan Buddhist history, and scientific research on reincarnation. It also includes a self-paced training in Buddhist funerary practices, known as Zhitro, led by Pema Khandro.

  • Fri Nov 3rd – Kunzang Monlam with Pema Khandro

  • Sat Nov 4th – The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Beginners: A Guide to Living and Dying, with Lama Lhanang Rinpoche and discussion with Pema Khandro

  • Sun Nov 5th – Rainbow Body with Father Tiso

  • Sun Nov 5th Zhitro for Departed Loved Ones with Pema Khandro

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For Members

Annual Season of Practice Begins

November 1st

Online with Pema Khandro

5pm PT San Francisco | 8pm ET New York | 11am AET Sydney

“Use the 100 days to try to evoke a contemplative life…this may be something you don’t feel like doing, your attention span may be conditioned otherwise, and it may take some kind of effort, but it is a way of creating sovereignty and reclaiming sovereignty over our attention span.”

~ Pema Khandro

The Season of Practice is held each year starting November 1st – Tibetan Lunar New Year (Losar).

Members will receive email instructions for joining this event.

Listen to Pema Khandro Explain the Season of Practice

The Heart Sutra

Online with Pema Khandro, Ph.D
& Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Rosh

December 1st – 3rd

9am PST San Francisco | 12pm EST New York | 5pm GMT London

The Heart Sutra for more than two thousand years has been chanted daily by Buddhists around the world. Known as Prajnaparamita, the Heart Sutra, powerfully illuminates the path of freedom from suffering. The Heart Sutra contemplates the way we perceive, and what is beyond what our dualistic assumptions portray. This course with Lama Pema Khandro & Shughin Roshi explores the Heart Sutra from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective including the pivotal teachings of the four extreme mistakes on the spiritual path, discovery of one’s true nature and one’s true purpose.

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Meditation Instructor Training 2024

February 19 – August 5

People all over the world have turned to Buddhist meditation as a source of wisdom. Meditation offers a powerful method to access a sense of spaciousness, peace and authentic presence. The practical benefits of meditation are well documented. Research shows it improves mood, reduces stress (Brown & Warren 2003), it improves memory, visuospatial reasoning, sustained attention and executive brain function (Zeidan et al. 2010). It reduces sub-clinical depression and anxiety (Schreiner and Malcolm 2012). 

From a Buddhist point of view, when we know how to meditate, we learn how to work with mind and emotions. We have a practice for unraveling conditioned scripts and unconscious habits. Meditation is a pathway to discovering human goodness by making peace with our mind. Ultimately it is a method for getting free from dissatisfaction, resolving confusion and waking up to see reality more clearly.

The Meditation Instructor Training supplies the fundamental knowledge and experience necessary to lead meditation classes and one-day meditation intensives.

3 Modules

Traditional Meditation

Teaching Practicum

Teaching Ethics

This training is a pre-requisite for the Chaplaincy Certificate offered summer of 2024.

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Pema Khandro on Buddhist Women –

About Sonam Peldren:

Tibet’s First Female Tulku

This is the story of Sonam Peldren, a Tibetan yogini, is the earliest recorded female tulku. She lived in thirteenth-fourteenth century Tibet.

Read More Here

2023 Schedule of Events


Daily Meditation Online
Vajrayana Training1st & 2nd Wednesday of each month
Ngakpa Training 3rd Wednesday of each month


November 1 Season of Practice Kick-off Event with Pema Khandro

November 3-5 Death, Dying, and Rebirth: Bardo Retreat Online with Pema Khandro Lama Lhanang, & Father Francis Tiso


December 1-3 Heart Sutra with Pema Khandro & Shugen Roshi


February 19 – August 5, 2024 Meditation Instructor Training

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Pema Khandro on Buddhist Women –

About Sonam Peldren:

Tibet’s First Female Tulku