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

September 26, 2018
Join Pema Khandro to study Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation in this free monthly class. The Open Teaching is a thirty-minute webinar, open to the public. The class starts with the […]

LA Teaching: Love in Times of Hate

With Pema Khandro

September 28, 2018
Commune Retreat
Explore a Buddhist perspective on love and compassion during the era of the mainstreaming of hate-speech. Taught by Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar, Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche, this evening will be a lecture and discussion on Tibetan Buddhist principles for transforming aggression and discovering decisive clarity which is loving and powerful at the same time. This teaching is open to the public […]

LA Teaching: Tibetan Dream Yoga

With Pema Khandro

September 29, 2018
Commune Retreat
Considered the practice most similar to our experience at death, Dream Yoga is about navigating in the real and unreal aspects of our experience without falling asleep to awareness. It is a practice of recognizing the nature of our minds. This Teaching focuses on the Tibetan Buddhist methods for navigating Dream, Waking Life, and Sleep. Waking, dreaming, and deep sleep present transformations of perception and they highlight the continuity and discontinuity of experience. Through recognizing the opportunities for meditative awareness in these states, we can understand our own minds and face all our experiences with greater presence. A teaching based…

San Diego Teaching: Awakening Fierce Compassion

With Pema Khandro

September 30, 2018
Soulstice San Diego
White Tara Empowerment and Teaching with Pema Khandro Rinpoche. Open to the public. White Tara is the the female Buddha of compassion who strengthens the life force and protects beings. The White Tara meditation is a Tibetan Buddhist practice for awakening intrinsic wisdom.