• Entering the Heart of the Vast Expanse

    Ngondro Training with Pema Khandro

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Entering the Heart of the Vast Expanse

Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro

Ngondro are the foundational practices for purifying, training and empowering the body-mind. They form the basis of Vajrayana meditation and serve as the foundation for the highest practices.

Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional and philosophical components which are keys to the practice of liberation. 

This Ngondro training focuses on the foundational esoteric practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism which emphasizes reliance on intrinsic wisdom, through its highest teaching, Dzogchen. The Heart of the Vast Expanse is a cherished cycle of the Nyingma lineage. It is also known as the Longchen Nyingthig, (klong chen snying thig). This is a cycle revealed by the brilliant eighteenth century Buddhist yogi, Jigme Lingpa, poet, leader, historian, and treasure revealer, whose texts synthesize Longchenpa’s teachings.

Pema Khandro offers Ngondro teachings for serious students who wish to do intensive contemplative training. Dedicated to training yogis, householders and lay people outside of the monastery, Pema Khandro presents these practices in their concise, essential form. This comprehensive course on Ngondro will be taught in four modules to support the accomplishment of practice over the period of one year, with the training modules completed in nine months.

4 Modules of Training

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Module 1

The Field of Buddhas

Nov 18-20, 2020

Purification of Speech

Generating A Refuge Field

Raising Enlightened Intent

 

Module 2

Purifying the Mind

Feb 22-24, 2021

Vajrasattva Meditation

Purification of Karma

Module 3

Mountain of Jewels

Jun 15-17, 2021

Mandala Offering

Vajrayogini Practice

Seven Line Prayer

Module 4

Intrinsic Wisdom

Aug 10-12, 2021

Receiving the Four Empowerments

Merging into Buddhahood

Prerequisites & Requirements

  • The Lung will be given in the first module, so no prerequisites or previous empowerments necessary to begin the Ngondro training.
  • Maintenance of a harmonious relationship with Instructors, Pema Khandro, co-leaders, and student community at the Buddhist Studies Institute.
  • Ability to cover tuition and practice of Dana (teaching offering) in support of all program components.
  • Psychological health and stability: a history of emotional maturity and personal development, psychological development

Consistency of Conduct

The Buddhist Studies Institute promotes observation of Buddhist ethics, maintaining personal discipline and observing practices necessary for suitable health throughout the training.

  • Embodying Buddhist principles:
    • Generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, compassion, equanimity.
    • Respect for and harmony with teachers and sangha.
  • Ethical integrity:
    • Upholding the five precepts and Commitment to Buddhist ethics.
    • Maintaining sobriety (in terms of being free from substance addictions).
    • Refraining from sexual misconduct. The Buddhist Studies Institute follows a zero tolerance for sexual abuse policy.
    • Refraining from hate speech (including hate speech on social media).
  • Respect for diversity:
    • Respect towards other religious views, expressing kindness towards all beings regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or sectarian affiliation; respect for all types of Buddhism.

General Tuition and Financial Aid Considerations

General Tuition: $699
Pay Per Module: $254
50% Discount for Snow Lions & Vajrayana Training Members: $350 ($87.50/Module)

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.

Open Scholarships: Financial-Aid scholarships are available for this training. Financial Aid Scholarships are 50% of Module price: $127 per Module. Email to Apply at Info@BuddhistStudiesInstitute.org. Applications must be received in advance.

  • Pay Per Module
  • $254Per Module
  • Live Online Training with Pema Khandro
  • 1 Year Access to Recordings
  • $317 Discount for Purchasing Whole Training
  • 50% Off All Trainings
  • General Tuition
  • $699
    Whole Training
  • Live Online Training with Pema Khandro
  • 1 Year Access to Recordings
  • $317 Discount for Purchasing Whole Training
  • 50% Off All Trainings
  • 50% off for Snow Lions & VT
  • $350
    Plus $150/Month
  • Live Online Training with Pema Khandro
  • 2 Year Access to Recordings
  • ONLINE ACCESS PASS: Access to Online Teachings Library recordings
  • 50% Off All Trainings
  • Free with All Access Pass
  • $250
    Per Month
  • Live Online Training with Pema Khandro
  • 3 Year Access to Recordings
  • ALL-ACCESS PASS: Access to full Online Teachings Library and all Live and Online Open Teachings, Classes, Retreats, Trainings, and Events.
  • Annual Meeting with Pema Khandro

About Membership

Membership is an expression of generosity and support. Our non-profit organization is supported by a combination of tuition from courses, monthly membership and individual donations. However, our monthly membership pledges are the major source of funding that provide the steady basis of support. Through these pledges, we plan our courses and maintain our operating expenses.

Membership is a way to connect. Membership pledges also create a network of sangha members who support our mission and keep in touch with the heart of our community. Member-only events offer a way to connect events in person and online, as well as events with guest teachers. Member letters from Pema Khandro Rinpoche and a member-only online library offer inspiration and learning. Membership links up like minded people through online discussion groups, email groups and community building member events.

Snow Lion Membership Benefits

  • Support Non-Profit Buddhist Education
  • Member-Only Events
  • Meditation Mondays – Online Community Meditation Group
  • Bi-Annual Member Letter from Pema Khandro
  • Open Teaching Recordings:
    • Guided Meditation Series
    • Excellent Path to Enlightenment: Module 1
    • Transforming Fear
    • Dakini Day Chod
  • Digital Download: Presence as the Path – First Year Meditation Manual
  • 50% Discount on Trainings & Residential Retreats
  • Self-Paced Courses:
    • Buddhism as a Way of Life
    • Sutra Tantra Dzogchen
    • Tibetan Dream Yoga
    • Medicine Buddha
  • *ONLINE ACCESS PASS: Access to all Online Recordings
  • Eligible for Vajrayana Training Bi-Monthly Online Modules & Recordings
    • Current Module: Guide to the Dakinis Heart
      • Prerequisites: Buddhism as a Way of Life and Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen
  • Voting Member at Town Hall Meetings
  • Become a Snow Lion

Sustainer Membership Benefits

  • Support Non-Profit Buddhist Education
  • Member-Only Events
  • Meditation Mondays – Online Community Meditation Group
  • Bi-Annual Member Letter from Pema Khandro
  • Open Teaching Recordings:
    • Guided Meditation Series
    • Excellent Path to Enlightenment: Module 1
    • Transforming Fear
    • Dakini Day Chod
  • Digital Download: Presence as the Path – First Year Meditation Manual
  • 100% Discount on Trainings & Residential Retreats
  • Self-Paced Courses:
    • Buddhism as a Way of Life
    • Sutra Tantra Dzogchen
    • Tibetan Dream Yoga
    • Medicine Buddha
  • *ONLINE ACCESS PASS: Access to all Online Recordings
  • Eligible for Vajrayana Training Bi-Monthly Online Modules & Recordings
    • Current Module: Guide to the Dakinis Heart
      • Prerequisites: Buddhism as a Way of Life and Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen
  • Voting Member at Town Hall Meetings
  • ALL-ACCESS PASS: Access to…
    • Full Online Teachings Library
    • All Open Teachings
    • All Classes
    • All Retreats
    • All Trainings
    • All Events.
  • *Free Tuition on Retreats:
    • Vajrayana Retreat
    • Dzogchen Retreat
    • Chod Retreat
    • Bliss Retreat
    • Vajra Sangha Retreat
  • *Free Tuition on Trainings:
    • Vajrayana Training
    • Changing Your Karma
    • Empathy Training
    • Meditation Instructor Training
    • Ngakpa Training
  • Annual Meeting with Pema Khandro
  • Become a Sustainer

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