Buddhist Wisdom in Family, Work & Society

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.

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 system of meditation and personal transformation found in the practices 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.

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.

About Us

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: 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

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

February 28, 2018
A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. Click Here to Register What is Dakini Day? The Dakini (known in Tibetan as Khandro) is the principle of spacious dynamic wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the […]

Berkeley Open Teaching: Awakening the Five Wisdoms

With Pema Khandro

March 2, 2018
Mahasiddha Center
Public teaching with Pema Khandro includes teaching, meditation and time for questions. Please join us for an evening of dharma and community at the MahaSiddha Center in Berkeley, CA.

Member Celebration

March 3, 2018
All Members of Ngakpa International are invited to join in a celebration of laughter, talent offerings and being together in community at the MahaSiddha Center in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, March 3rd from 7pm - 9pm. Click here for more information about Membership

Berkeley Retreat: Calling the Five Wisdoms

With Pema Khandro

March 3, 2018
MahaSiddha Center
This meditation retreat will focus on the prayer for calling the five wisdom dakinis from the Bellowing Laughter of the Dakinis. The five wisdom dakinis represent a path to intrinsic confidence without fixed identity.  Pointing to a sense of innate richness, this teaching explores the keys to going beyond aggression, shutting down, and territorial strategies. […]