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Teaching in a Multicultural World

Developing Multicultural Awareness

Course Details

Geared towards supporting Meditation Instructors, this class is open to Meditation Instructors certified through the Buddhist Studies Institute or currently enrolled in Meditation Instructor Training, and to meditation instructors who received their instruction and training through other programs and schools. It is also offered as part of the 180-hour Meditation Instructor Training curriculum offered through the Buddhist Studies Institute.

Optional weekly 30 minute Focus Groups offer review and discussion of self-paced coursework and time for fostering community connections.

Jun 5, 12 & 19

with Pema Khandro, Aruna Rig’dzin & Sr. Satya

  • Mon Jun 5, 1-1:30pm pst

  • Mon Jun 12, 1-1:30pm pst

  • Mon Jun 19, 1-1:30pm pst

About the Teachers

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.

Dr Satya and Aruna Rig’dzin

Dr Satya and Aruna Rig’dzin

Directors of the Buddhist Studies Institute

Aruna Rig’dzin Ross was ordained in Nyingma Lineage by Pema Khandro Rinpoche in 2007. She is one of the Directors of Ngakpa International and the Community of Buddhist Yogis, as well as Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute. She is a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and has over 18 years’ experience as an Advanced Yoga and Meditation Instructor. Aruna is passionate about healing, sustainable living and giving people the tools to live a vibrant, healthy and joyous life.

Dr. Satya has been studying with Pema Khandro Rinpoche since 2001. She is the Chief Operating Officer for Ngakpa International since 2010, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Satya is the Panchakarma Clinic Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute since 2004, a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Panchakarma Specialist. She completed her Doctoral Research with a specialization in Healthy Aging and Longevity, and is a consultant helping to transition traditional “Residential Care for the Elderly” businesses to more sustainable and alternative medicine based practices.


This event is open to meditation teachers and leaders from any lineage, as well as Certified Instructors and current students of the the Meditation Instructor Training at the Buddhist Studies Institute.

Tuition & Financial Aid Considerations

General Tuition $150

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Financial Aid scholarships are available. The 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, Financial Aid applications are available and offer 50% discount off of General Tuition.

Applications must be received in advance; Financial Aid Application (link)