Ongoing Buddhism Online Programs:
Wednesday Buddhist Philosophy with Pema Khandro nights 6pm PST/9pm EST

Dakini Day Chod with Pema Khandro 1pm PST/4pm EST Aug 14th; Sept 12;
Annual Summer Meditation Retreat  June 22-26 10am-6pm PST/ 1pm to 9pm EST
Bodhisattva in Troubled Times: Evening Programs Aug 24-27; 1 Day Retreat with Pema Khandro Sat Aug 29th 10am-6pm PST/ 1pm -9pm EST

Meditation Mondays for Members with Janak 6pm PST/9pm EST

For the list of our many other programs visit:

Black Lives Matter Statement
Black Lives Matter. We grieve for the loss of lives of George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Terence Crutcher. Samuel Dubose. Michael Brown… and so many others… We stand in solidarity with our Black community who has been again subject to racism, pain, suffering and brutality. This happens as we grieve for the 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19 which has disproportionately affected communities of color…read full statement here.

Corona Virus Message: In light of the global coronavirus pandemic the Ngakpa Intl Centers, Clinic and Programs have gone completely online until the crisis abates. Additional public program has been added to our calendars to offer support and education. Dakini Mountain and Khandro Ling are closed to the public and our residents are sheltering in place.The Dakini Mountain grand opening and spring retreat will happen online. Lama Pema Khandro has also written a letter for the pandemic which can be read on our news website here: Pema Khandro’s Letter About the Pandemic.  We wish you health and peace in all the times to come. 

Ngakpa International
Buddhist Wisdom in Family, Work & Society

Our online school, The Buddhist Studies Institute, can be found at – Study in-depth Buddhist philosophy and practice in self-paced courses or live-stream courses with Pema Khandro and guest teachers.

Our new retreat center is Dakini Mountain which can be found at Located in Northern California in the USA, in the Tahoe National Forest.

Our Natural Health Clinic is The Yogic Medicine Institute. It can be found at Where faculty teach the natural health practices from India, China and Tibet.

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

Our three primary projects are:  Buddhist Studies Institute – Yogic Medicine Institute – Dakini Mountain

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

The emphasis of our practices are simple, direct experience of wakefulness and ease.
Our centers, clinics and school focuses on the philosophy and meditation system known as the great perfection (Dzogchen) – Buddhism’s most treasured path to awakening intrinsic wisdom and the practice of Chod, a contemplative method for compassionate transformation.
We explore the practical application of Buddhist wisdom in the modern context, with a specialty in integrating Buddhism with a dynamic, complex life.
Through Dakini Mountain we offer a contemplative refuge for deep retreat in a pristine setting in the Tahoe National Forest.
Through The Buddhist Studies Institute we are dedicated to providing accessible, in-depth Buddhist education for students, teachers and leaders. Due to our commitment to integrating Buddhist Wisdom with technology – our online courses allow an unprecedented access to ongoing and advanced study.
Through the Yogic Medicine Institute, we 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 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: Above all, Buddhism’s goal is to become a wakeful, ethical and compassionate human being. 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

Donate – The Dakini Mountain Emergency Fund

Open Dates
Dakini Mountain and Ngakpa International have been severely affected by the pandemic which has caused a major loss of income. Every contribution at this time makes a difference...

The Five Elements: Dakini Day Chod – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 14, 2020
Practice the Laughter of the Dakinis on Dakini Day, a practice of healing through ultimate compassion. In Chod the Five Wisdom Dakinis designate the path to the transforming confusion into insight [...]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 19, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...

Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – Conversations with Pema Khandro & Guests

With Pema Khandro

August 24, 2020
In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...