Sustaining and Sharing the Tradition of Buddhist Yogis

Ngakpa Intl is an international association of Buddhist Yogis founded by Pema Khandro.

Our vibrant community trains in the philosophy and practices of Tibetan Buddhist Yogis, the non-celibate, life-embracing path of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are dedicated to providing accessible, in-depth Buddhist education for students, teachers and leaders. The emphasis of our practices are simple, direct experience of wakefulness and ease.

Our centers, clinics and schools celebrate the teachings known as the great perfection (Dzogchen) – Buddhism’s most treasured path to awakening intrinsic wisdom. We specialize in the meditation system of Dzogchen, the Six Yogas, Chod and Tibetan Yoga as taught in the Nyingma lineage.

We explore the practical application of Buddhist wisdom in the modern context, with a specialty in integrating Buddhism with a dynamic, complex life.

We also emphasize nourishing body-mind vitality through natural medicine.

The tone of our community is serious study with a non-sectarian spirit in an atmosphere of joyous, down-to-earth warmth and kindness. We favor a non-dogmatic approach to exploring Buddhist resources with an emphasis in the value of questions, doubts, diversity and contradictions.

Our activities include community led meditation classes, group retreats, ongoing phone and online web-cast courses, and a seminary for advanced study.

Our projects include: a clinic, three residential urban centers, research to preserve the history and culture of Buddhist Yogis, support of Ngakpa schools worldwide and sponsoring orphans in the Himalayan border regions.

To plug in and connect with us, become a member, come to our upcoming programs, see our schedule of events and join us on Facebook !

Upcoming Programs

Buddhist Yogis Grass Valley: How to Meditate – The Practices of Tibetan Buddhism

With Janak Kimmel

October 12, 2016
The Golden Mandala
A Six Class Series You will learn: The Calm Abiding meditation. The Nine Purifications to open the inner channels. Tonglen, sending and receiving practice for cultivating compassion. Mantra, the meditation of sacred sound. The history of the Tibetan Buddhist Yogis. Each class will include: Group meditation practice Instruction on Tibetan Buddhism Question and Answers

Buddhism as a Way of Life: Class 6 – Regular practices

With Pema Khandro

October 25, 2016
Buddhism as a Way of Life 6 Week Online Training with Pema Khandro Tuesdays at 6pm, Sept 20th – Oct 25th Class 1  –  Tibetan Buddhism and its roots. Understand the key principles and goal of Tibetan Buddhism and learn about the lineage of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis, a tradition which balances work and family with serious spiritual development. Class 2  –  Courage & Inspiration. Discover the Buddhist teachings for finding calm amidst the chaos, discovering peace of mind and purpose of life. This class focuses on refuge and bodhichitta – the daily prayers from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse. It…

Members Only: Dinner

With Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche

October 28, 2016
Santa Cruz, CA
Members Only: Dinner with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche All Ngakpa Intl. Members are invited to a private dinner with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche in Santa Cruz, CA. Please RSVP by email to for details.  

Members Only: Bringing Buddhist Wisdom to Daily Life

With Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche

October 28, 2016
Santa Cruz, CA
Members Only: Bringing Buddhist Wisdom to Daily Life with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche offers an evening of teaching. RSVP to for details.