May We Meet at Dakini Mountain- Chod Retreat


Buddhist Studies Institute

Dzogchen Chod Retreat with Pema Khandro

At Dakini Mountain, Nevada City, CA

June 1st – 4th, 2023

Chod is a method of reclaiming the profound inner wisdom of fierce compassion.

Chod practice engages every aspect of ones being through prayers, visualizations, meditations, songs, dances and playing instruments. It is famously known for the central visualization of ones death and offering ones corpse to lovingly pacify and liberate demons.

Mornings will focus on the Dzogchen Chod, known as Khandro Geykyang, the Laugher of the Dakinis, the concise version. Pema Khandro will give the transmission, lead the practice sessions and lead workshops on cutting through fear through the secret chod practice.

Midday sessions will focus on Troma practice, the profound deity yoga meditation on the black wrathful dakini from the Jeweled Garland of Chod, (the Rinchen Trengwa).

Evening sessions will focus on the Secret Chod – a path of profound psychological and embodied transformation. It is a direct path to healing through fear done in solitary practice and small community workshops.

This retreat is led by scholar, Lama and Tulku, Pema Khandro. Pema Khandro is a lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and presents in-depth, traditional study and practice with the expanded perspective that engages the most important questions of our time from a scholar-practitioner’s point of view.

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Reviews from Past Chod Retreats & Teachings

What I particularly liked is the very deep and insightful translation of Chod by Pema Khandro with a more western psychological approach, which is hard to decipher. Pema Khandro gave me so much insight in a way I hadn’t had explained before” ~L

“This was a deeply inspiring teaching and practice. I particularly liked Pema Khandro’s ability to make these teachings so clear and accessible to Westerners like myself. She is a gifted teacher and I look forward to learning more.” ~J

“Much gratitude to Rinpoche for a brilliant clarification of the view of the practice and precious pointing out instructions on the nature of mind.” ~M

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Lion’s Roar: Pema Khandro Rinpoche recites a prayer to awaken bodhicitta

“…I generate immeasurable love, compassion, joy, and equanimity of the awakened mind, the heart of bodhicitta.” Pema Khandro Rinpoche

This clip was recorded at the Lion’s Roar 2017 Annual Retreat at Garrison Institute “Boundless Love.”

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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
Meditation Instructor Training – Jan 21-Jun 16


May 1-22 – Excellent Path: Bodhisattva’s Way

May 24-Jun 19 – Teaching Meditation in a Multicultural World


Jun 1-4 – Chod Retreat at Dakini Mountain

Jun 3- Saga Dawa Celebration

Jun 19 – Aug 14 – Ngondro 3 – Mountain of Jewels

Jun 21-Jul 10 – Teachings on Karma


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


Aug 3-6 – Annual Dzogchen Retreat: The Choying Dzod with Khenpo Yeshi and Pema Khandro

Aug 21-Oct 16 – Ngondro 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom

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