The Tantric Preliminaries – Starts in 1 Week


Buddhist Studies Institute

Ngondro Training

Module 1 Field of Buddhas

Starts Monday, February 27th – Online

5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern

The Tantric Preliminaries – Find Your Way to the Vajra World

The traditional training in Tibetan tantra begins with the series of profound meditations known as ngondro. They offer a reorientation of the body and mind, an opening into a greater sense of oneself, one’s purpose and one’s resources in an interconnected world built in altruism.

The ngondro series presents all the core practices that permeate Vajrayana, the path of esoteric Buddhism, including refuge, bodhichitta, mandala offering, deity yoga and empowerment.

Ngondro is meant to be done in a community. Join an international group of like minded travelers on a profound journey into the heart of Vajrayana meditation.

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Testimonial from a recent Ngondro Grad

“What a precious opportunity it has been to receive the transmissions, dharma teachings and practices of the Longchen Nyingtig Ngondro from Pema Khandro Rinpoche!

Her generous offering is unparalleled, in that here in the West we can receive these essential, accessible and undiluted teachings within an historical context, so that we dismantle the colonial tendency to extract and accommodate our preferences.

Having completed Longchen Nyingtig Ngondro even just once has been foundational to my life and my practices.

Refuge and Bodhicitta continues to support me to align with the lineage of the enlightened nature of mind, bow to all who bow and open my heart for the alleviation of suffering for all beings.

Vajrasattva practice continues to humble me in dissolving my karmic knots and opening to the immense forgiveness available in all times.

Mandala Offering continues to water the seeds of generosity beyond expectation.

Lama Naljor continues to support me to embody the lineage of the enlightened Nature of Mind.

In her impeccable way, Pema Khandro Rinpoche dissolves the dualistic pretense of bowing to a human form of enlightenment, while at the same time embodying the very qualities to which I am honored to bow.” ~ K.W.

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Buddhism & Sexuality

March 3rd – 5th Online

9am – 12pm pacific / 12-3pm eastern

Did the Buddha teach consent? What do celibacy and sacred sexuality have in common? What does Buddhism say about polyamory, polygamy, and monogamy? Where do queer sexualities fit in yab yum imagery? What’s the difference between neo tantra and Buddhist tantra? Where does Buddhism draw the line on sexual abuse and violence? Join three scholars of Buddhist Studies to explore the profound topic of Buddhist sexualities. Hosted by Pema Khandro.

Join Pema Khandro and a group of esteemed Buddhist Studies scholars for an exploration of the history of Buddhist Sexualities from celibacy, to sacred sexuality in Buddhist Tantra and a simple approach to embodied integration with nature in Dzogchen.

Buddhism & Sexuality Bonus Replay

Bonus Replay Includes: Conversations on Buddhism & Sexuality with Pema Khandro, Lama Willa, Lama Rod, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Dr. Ann Gleg and Dr. Amy Langenberg.

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Tibetan New Year Celebration
Happy Losar – Year of the Water Rabbit!

All Members of Ngakpa International and the Buddhist Studies Institute are welcomed to join us for our annual Tibetan Lunar New Year Celebration – Online!

Registration is limited to members only. To find out more about member levels and benefits, or to become a member, visit Become a Member.

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Teaching Trauma-Informed Meditation

Mondays, March 6 – 27

  • Live Instruction with Pema Khandro

  • Focus Groups & Community Discussion with Aruna Rig’dzin & Dr. Satya

  • Self-Paced Video Learning with Pema Khandro

  • Self-Paced Book Reading: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformational Healing, by David A. Treleaven and Willoughby Britton

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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


Jan 25-Feb 20 – Buddhist Ethics

Feb 22 – Losar Tibetan New Year Celebration for Members

Feb 27-Oct 16 – Ngondro Training

Feb 27-Apr 17 – Ngondro 1 – The Field of Buddhas


Mar 3-5 – Buddhism & Sexuality

Mar 6-27 – Teaching Trauma-Informed Meditation

Mar 25-Apr 24 – Healthy Boundaries for Teachers & Leaders

Apr 7-9 – Chakrasamvara Empowerment & Teachings
with Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche & Pema Khandro


Apr 24-Jun 12 – Ngondro 2 – Purifying the Mind


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 19 – Aug 14 – Ngondro 3 – Mountain of Jewels

Jun 21-Jul 10 – Teachings on Karma


July 15-16 – Meditation Instructor Training Retreat & Graduation


Aug 3-6 – Annual Dzogchen Retreat, San Diego County

Aug 21-Oct 16 – Ngondro 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom


Sept 8-17 – Buddhist Psychology Training


Oct 6-8 – Vajra Sangha Retreat – Location TBA


Nov 1 – Season of Practice Begins

Nov 3-5 – Bardo Teachings


Dec 1-3 – Buddhism & the Environment

Dec 13 – Pema Khandro Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser


Jan 8 – Feb 5, 2024 – Mahayana Program: The Heart Sutra

Feb 12, 2024 – Losar Tibetan New Year Celebration for Members

Feb 19, 2024 – Ngondro Training Begins

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