The Black Wrathful Dakini’s Secret Tantra


Buddhist Studies Institute

The Black Wrathful Dakini’s Secret Tantra

With Lama Pema Khandro, Ph.D.

October 6-8th, 2023


9:00am-12:00pm PST

12:00pm -3:00pm EST

5:00pm-8:00pm BST

Tantra and Dzogchen with their themes of transformation and being exactly we as are can sometimes seem contradictory. Yet they represent two profound paths to contemplative realization that have always been practiced together in some form. And both represent crucial aspects of the path.

This retreat focuses on a rare early Dzogchen text called the Black Wrathful Dakini’s Secret Tantra. In striking contemplative poetry, it unites the themes  of Tantra and Dzogchen through contemplations of fierce compassion and primordial knowing. This is an essential text to study for those who follow Chod, the esoteric Tibetan meditations for cutting through fear. It explains and presents the meaning of the Black Wrathful Dakini and explains all aspects of ultimate reality from a non-dual perspective. This important scripture is part of the collection of the seventeen tantras, the early Dzogchen texts that were the major source of the Dzogchen Nyingthig tradition.

This sacred text unites Tantra and Dzogchen in a single stream of contemplative vision of ultimate reality as understood through the Dakini principle.

This three day retreat focuses on the study of excerpts from the scripture, the practice of the Troma Nagmo cycle from the Rinchen Trengwa three Dakini Chod, meditation and dharma conversation. This is part one in a series that will explore this profound scripture with Pema Khandro, whose scholarly research focuses on early Dzogchen. 

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Ngondro Module 4: 

Intrinsic Wisdom

Aug 21-Oct 16


5pm PT | 8pm ET

Whether Starting New, Catching Up, Continuing or Starting Over, 

You are Welcome to Join Now!

It is possible to join Ngondro Training at any time and it can be taken in any order. Join current modules live and take previous modules at your own pace. This module focuses on Intrinsic Wisdom including Receiving the Four Empowerments and Merging into Buddhahood.

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Pema Khandro on Buddhist Women
Nangsa Obum: The Story of A Survivor

This is a brief summary of the legend of Nangsa Obum who overcome a lot to live a life devoted to liberation of her self and others. It is a story of a woman overcoming extreme resistance to her spiritual pursuits.

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Death, Dying, and Rebirth

With Lama Pema Khandro, Ph.D, and Lama Lhanang Rinpoche

November 3-5, 2023


5-7 PM PST
8-10 PM PST
11AM-1PM Melbourne (one day ahead)

The profound and inevitable encounter with death has been a subject addressed by great Buddhist philosophers for the last two thousand years. The pinnacle of those teachings were presented in the sacred books that came to be known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was part of a larger tradition of Great Perfection (Dzogchen) manuscripts that addressed the bardos, the phases of change in a life. Those complete teachings describe the phases of change, dissolution, and rebirth. They identify the stages of dying, practices to extend the life force when possible, and practices to die well when possible. They also describe how to help others in their process of departure from a life.

This weekend course, hosted by Pema Khandro investigates these moving and precious death, bardo, and rebirth teachings as taught by scholars, and Lamas of the Tibetan tradition. In a format of unprecedented accessibility, this series features self-paced and live classes with Pema Khandro, Lamas, and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a Buddhist funeral ceremony to honor beloved friends and family who have recently passed away.

The course also includes a self-paced course on Buddhist funerary practice, to learn how to help loved ones who have died in the forty-nine day period as they travel from one life to the next. The oral transmission initiation (lung) will be given by Pema Khandro on the third day of the course.

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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


October 6-8 The Black Wrathful Dakini’s Secret Tantra: Online Retreat with Pema Khandro

November 3-5  Death, Dying and Rebirth: Bardo Teachings with Lama Pema Khandro and Lama Lhanang Rinpoche


February 19 – August 5, 2024 Meditation Instructor Training

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