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Dzogchen Retreat

In San Diego
with Pema Khandro

August 15-18, 2024

Aug 15-17, 10am-6pm PT
Aug 18, Community Day and Tsok (in-person only)

The Dzogchen Tradition

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.

About the Teacher

Pema Khandro, PhD

Pema Khandro, PhD

Founder of the Buddhist Studies Institute

Pema Khandro is an internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects, The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, an early twentieth century yogini from Eastern Tibet. She has led a vibrant world-wide community since 1999. Through the Buddhist Studies Institute, she also offers a complete curriculum of training in Tibetan meditation and Buddhist Philosophy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree specializing in Tibetan studies, and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Virginia. Her scholarly research focuses on the history of Dzogchen and on Women in Tibetan Buddhism.

Retreat Format

Please book your lodging in nearby Encinitas, or anywhere else nearby


Venue: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito (we are not affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church)

1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach CA 92075


There will be a break for lunch. There are several restaurants nearby, or people may elect to bring their own lunch (though refrigeration will not be available).

Please bring clothing layers and plan for both cold and heat. You will need clothes you feel comfortable moving in and sitting in for meditation sessions. On Sunday at the beach, everyone will dress up in beautiful clothing for the Tsok feast.

Retreat Schedule

Approximate Retreat Schedule – Times listed are Pacific Time (PST)




Community day at beach, and Tsok!




  • Early Enrollment Tuition & Date (before June 5): $395
  • General Tuition & Date (after June 5): $450
  • Last-minute Registration & Date (After July 15): $495


  • Early Enrollment Tuition & Date (Before June 5): $270
  • General Tuition & Date (After June 5): $295
  • Last-minute Registration & Date (After July 15): $325

Financial Aid Considerations All course costs are set at a minimum fee already, with financial aid built into all tuition rates. Because we are a non-profit organization, the costs of all activities and overhead of our organization must be covered by the participants of the courses or donations and all courses are offered at below cost. For those who are experiencing genuine financial hardship and wish to enroll in the course, Scholarship applications are available. Applications must be received in advance. Programs are always free for monastics. 

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