Khenpo Yeshi & Pema Khandro – Online Retreat


Buddhist Studies Institute

The Basic Space of Being Dzogchen Retreat 
With Pema Khandro and Khenpo Yeshi

August 4-6, 2023 – Online

10am – 11:30pm San Francisco (PDT)

1pm – 2:30pm New York (EDT)

The Treasury of Basic Space, The Choying Dzod (chos dbyings rin po che’i mdzod), is the quintessential Dzogchen text written by the great fourteenth center Dzogchen master, Longchenpa. It refers to cho ying, the expanse of reality and pure experience of meaningfulness as the revelation of the ground of being.

Offered by Khenpo Yeshi and Dr. Pema Khandro for the first time through the Buddhist Studies Institute, you can experience and learn from the manual for meditation and liberation, which is also the text that one reads to a dying person to introduce them to the nature of mind at death.

Read during dying, The Treasury of Basic Space offers the crucial support at the most important time, by guiding the dying person to realize the nature of mind. Indeed, The Treasury of Basic Space has been read at the time of death of many great Dzogchen masters.

The Treasury of Basic Space details the elements of breakthrough meditation (trek cho), instructions which cut through misunderstandings of emptiness and point to the vivid wakefulness of sublime knowing.

Join Buddhist Studies Institute for this special program taught online by Khenpo Yeshi, Dzogchen Nyingthig scholar and Drikung Kagyu teacher and Dr. Pema Khandro, Dzogchen scholar, lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma tradition. The three days of online classes will include the lung, the oral initiation into this profound text which will be given by Khenpo Yeshi, study, and practice led by Khenpo Yeshi and Dr. Pema Khandro.

Register for The Choying Dzod

Finding Rest & Ease in the Nature of Mind 
with Pema Khandro

September 8-10, 2023 – Online

8am – 12:30pm San Francisco (PDT)

11am – 3:30pm New York (EDT)

The Annual Dzogchen Retreat
Dive into the Depths of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) through the guide to the entire path written by Longchenpa

Encounter the profound instructions of the trilogy of comfort and ease, the exposition on the stages of the journey by one of the great Tibetan philosopher, Longchenpa (1308-1364.)

Experience three days of profound study and meditation in a three-day online retreat with Dr. Pema Khandro.

Cultivate states of rest and ease in a supportive community of joyful dharma friends.

This is a precious opportunity to experience the methods taught in Dzogchen meditation, Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured path. Dzogchen means ‘Great Completion,’ because it focuses on the natural wisdom at the heart of every person. Even though each person has intrinsic goodness, states of chronic tension and fixation can impede its expression. Meditation in Dzogchen is a method of awakening to this wisdom and unraveling the obstacles to experiencing it. This is a path of allowing intrinsic wakefulness to manifest through letting go, settling in and supporting the body and mind to discover natural calm.

This online retreat is led by Buddhist scholar and teacher, Dr. Pema Khandro, founder of the Buddhist Studies Institute. She will lead the study of and practice of the ngal gso skor gsum, Longchenpa’s trilogy on Finding Comfort and Ease, a classic text of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which has been presented section by section annually for eight years at the Buddhist Studies Institute.

Register for Finding Rest and Ease Retreat

Ngakpa Training & Tummo
Discussion Group 

July 19, 2023 5:00 PM-6:30 PM PST

Lead by De’dzin Drolma and Namkhai Jigdral

Tummo (Tib. གཏུམ་མོ་Wyl. gtum mo) is the spiritual practice of ‘inner heat’, one of the  the ‘root of the path’ techniques of Tibetan Vajrayana, according to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Paying focused attention to the breath can help beginner and expert meditators by bringing them back to the present moment and reducing the influence of the “monkey mind“.

Join De’dzin Drolma and Namkhai Jigdral on the third Wednesday of the month for discussion of this month’s teachings by Pema Khandro on this accent practice that involves raising the body temperature to new levels using a combination of visualization, breathwork, and abdominal holds.

Tibetan Buddhism in a Nutshell 

by Dr. Pema Khandro

Who are you really? What underlies all persons? What is the true nature of mind?

Pema Khandro answers these questions and offers an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

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2023 Schedule of Events


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


July 15-16 – Meditation Instructor Training Finals & Graduation Online


Aug 4-6 – The Choying Dzod with Khenpo Yeshi & Pema Khandro

Aug 21-Oct 16 – Ngondro 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom


Sept 8-10 – Finding Rest and Ease in the Nature of Mind: Online Retreat with Pema Khandro

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