Ngakpa International is a non-profit organization that fosters transnational education on meditation traditions from Tibet.

We believe world peace is nurtured through local communities that foster contemplative resources for mental health, emotional regulation and resilience.

We also promote empathetic cross-cultural fluency to develop meditators and meditation instructors who nurture compassionate approaches to a complex world.

We offer programs and projects focused on training adults to cultivate well being in body-mind and community. This includes ongoing online education through our project, the Buddhist Studies Institute; wellness programs through the Yogic Medicine Institute and contemplative retreats through Dakini Mountain.

Ongoing Online Programs:

For the list of our other other programs visit Upcoming Events

Ngakpa International
Contemplative 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 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 International

Ngakpa (ngags pa) is a Tibetan word for Buddhist Yogi, a person who balances spiritual training with work and family life.

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

About the Buddhist Studies Institute

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

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.

About Dakini Mountain
Through Dakini Mountain we offer a contemplative refuge for deep retreat in a pristine setting in the Tahoe National Forest.

About Yogic Medicine Institute
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 generative, 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, contemplative, and compassionate human being. We believe the contemplative life goes hand in hand with life-long learning, which is inevitably tied to 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, and community oriented, in-person and online – in order to foster diverse relationships with Buddhist resources, and to promote affordable access to in-depth training.

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Upcoming Programs

Daily Meditation

Open Dates
Daily Meditation online is daily from 12-12:30pm PT, offered by Buddhist Studies Institute certified meditation instructors as a free service to our worldwide community. Together – We Practice!

Donate – Save Dakini Mountain!

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...

With Pema Khandro

December 1 - 3, 2023
The Heart Sutra December 1-3, 2023 Known as the meditation that can change one forever, the Heart Sutra is one of the most beloved practices of Buddhists all over the world. It is a chanting meditation and teaching which unravels the hidden assumptions behind the way we perceive ourselves, others, and all of reality. The Heart Sutra addresses the biggest questions of life from the Buddhist perspective including the four Extremes, god, godlessness, self, and identity. It addresses the defining perspective of Buddhism – emptiness – and its misinterpretations. Both philosophy and practice, the heart sutra awakens the vast view…

The 21 Taras – Pema Khandro’s Birthday Celebration

With Pema Khandro

December 2, 2023
This program is offered as part of our seventh annual year end celebration of Tara on the birthday of Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche. All the proceeds from this event will go to support the Dakini Mountain Emergency Fund.