I have taken several teachings a month, for over a decade, and each and every one has held a fierce freshness of passion and precision that have kept me longing for more. I meet so many people who talk about having some kind of existential angst, a kind of restlessness within; I feel so grateful to have met Pema Khandro Rinpoche and the Community of Buddhist Yogis, and to have the opportunity to study, because even though life has its ebbs and flows, I feel that I have found a sense of peace.
Being a westerner, I feel as though my practice has greatly progressed taking teachings from a Western teacher. Sharing the same culture has helped me to get to the meaning of some teachings that seemed a bit vague just reading about them in books or listening to teachings online from non-western sources. Being around Pema Khandro and getting to see first hand how she has dedicated her life to Dharma, and how she cares for her community and friends is inspirational.
I am new to the teachings of Buddhism and attended a weekend retreat with Pema Khandro Rinpoche and the Community of Buddhist Yogis. What struck me was her ability to articulate such challenging aspects of the spiritual path. I felt a deep resonating within me while she spoke… as if my channels were completely open. This was the first time in my life that I felt this connection. Even though I am still learning, and technically not a Buddhist, I feel I am a better human being thanks to Pema Khandro Rinpoche.
I have felt a great sense of calm and also confidence in myself knowing that this wisdom is being incorporated into my daily life.