Teachings on Karma Starts Today!


Buddhist Studies Institute

Teachings on Karma

for Meditation Teachers

with Dr. Pema Khandro, Aruna Rigdzin, and Dr. Satya

June 21-July 10, 2023

In its original traditions, meditation is shaped by views of karma. This course takes you beyond stereotypes of karma to understand the vision of mind, karma and transformation that led to the development of Buddhist meditation in its indigenous contexts.

This class is geared towards supporting Meditation Instructors and is open to the public. It is also offered as part of the 180-hour Meditation Instructor Training curriculum offered through the Buddhist Studies Institute.

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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)

“Homage to all the vast hosts of victorious ones!

I pay homage to the original protector, Samantabhadra

flawless and totally pure like space,

the deity of the kayas and timeless awareness,

which do not come together or separate,

the glory of both conditioned existence and the peace of nirvana.

For all beings in samsara, which is like an illusion

clearly apparent without truly existing

bound by their reifying perceptions as though in a dream,

the ultimate meaning of great perfection is
that they are by nature totally free.

I will give a detailed explanation of
this supremely spacious state of spontaneous equanimity.”

-The introduction to the Treasury of Basic Space

Beyond effort and achievement is the state of natural ease, the basic space of being. How to breakthrough to find this innate expanse is the focus of a profound Buddhist meditation manual known as profound scripture known as The Treasury of Basic Space, The Choying Dzod (chos dbyings rin po che’i mdzod). It presents the essence of esoteric Tibetan Buddhism, known as Great Perfection, or Dzogchen (rdzogs chen) in verse form. Venerated as a manifestation of the expanse of reality itself, The Treasury of Basic Space is the quintessential Dzogchen text by the fourteenth century master, Longchenpa.

To receive the transmission of this system is a rare and difficult to attain opportunity. Join Buddhist Studies Institute for this special program taught online by two esteemed Dzogchen scholars, Khenpo Yeshi, and Dr. Pema Khandro. Experience the power of the coinciding of study and practice.

Register Now for the Basic Space of Being Dzogchen Retreat

Tummo Practice

for Vajrayana Training Participants

June 23, 20323 5-5:30pm PST


Ngakpa Training Discussion Group

June 23, 2023 5:30 PM-6:30 PM PST

Lead by De’dzin Drolma and Namkhai Jigdral

Join De’dzin Drolma and Namkhai Jigdral on the fourth Wednesday of the month for this accent practice that involves raising the body temperature to new levels using a combination of visualization, breathwork, and muscle tensing. 

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“.

Pema Khandro for Lion’s Roar:
When We Have No Choice

In our greatest hardship, to also think of other people’s sorrow seems like too much. But by the power of our interdependence with beings, by acknowledging this interconnection through open-hearted presence, we actually find relief.

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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


Jun 1-4 – Chod Retreat at Dakini Mountain

Jun 5,12,19 – Teaching in a Multicultural World

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

Jun 21-Jul 10 – Teachings on Karma


July 15-16 – Meditation Instructor Training Retreat & Graduation


Aug 4-6 – Dzogchen Teachings Online with Khenpo Yeshi & Pema Khandro

Aug 21-Oct 16 – Ngondro 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom

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