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.

Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis integrate buddhist wisdom with family, work and society,
because the heights of Buddhist wisdom can blossom from the fertile ground of every day life.

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 focus on the teachings known as the great perfection (Dzogchen) – Buddhism’s most treasured path to awakening intrinsic wisdom.

We celebrate 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 – embracing Buddhist wisdom as applied and embodied.

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.

Our Values: We believe spiritual awakening goes hand in hand with unraveling the roots of racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry of all kinds. We are committed to ecological sustainability.

Our Methods: We offer a range of learning environments from study oriented, to practice oriented, community oriented and discussion oriented, both in person and online – in order to foster diverse relationships with Buddhist wisdom and affordable access to in-depth training.

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Upcoming Programs

Daily Dharma Gathering

With Pema Khandro

December 7, 2016
Daily Dharma Gathering sessions are from 5:00pm to 5:30 PST / 8:00p to 8:30pm. EST on Mondays through Fridays and 12:00p to 12:30p.m. EST on Saturdays and Sundays. All you have to do is log on using the link you’ll receive upon registration. Each session begins with a short talk before moving into a guided meditation practice with time for a q&a at the end. Register Here

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

December 10, 2016
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. For more information about Vajrayana Training or Ngakpa International’s Membership program, please contact

White Tara Blessing & Birthday Celebration for Pema Khandro

With His Eminence Gyaldak Rinpoche

December 11, 2016
Mahasiddha Center
Join the joyful Community of Buddhist Yogis in Berkeley for an evening of Prayer, Practice and Celebration of our Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche’s Birthday!  Pema Khandro is the founder of Ngakpa Intl, Ngakpa House and co-founder of the Yogic Medicine Institute. We are so fortunate to welcome Gyaldak Rinpoche, who will be presiding and offering White Tara Blessings, mantras for World Peace and a Tsok ceremony on behalf of Pema Khandro.

Vajrayana LIVE

With Janak Kimmel

December 15, 2016
Online or phone
For Vajrayana Training Students – An online/phone discussion of course principles with Pema Khandro’s personal students and Vajrayana Training members. For More Information: How to Join Vajrayana Training CLICK HERE