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August Events in the Bay Area

SANTA CRUZ, CA:  Pacific Cultural Center ~ 1307 Seabright Ave
Aug 13, 7pm
Public Teaching with Pema Khandro Rinpoche

BERKELEY, CA:  MahaSiddha Center ~ 2328 Channing Way
Aug 14, 7pm
Empowerment with Gyaldak Rinpoche

Aug 15, 7pm
The Heart of Wisdom
Public Teaching with Pema Khandro Rinpoche

Aug 16, 10am-6pm
The Heart of Wisdom
Retreat with Pema Khandro Rinpoche

Aug 16, 7pm
Celebration, Feast & Fundraiser

Aug 17, 10am-3pm
Vajra Sangha Retreat
For Pema Khandro Rinpoche’s personal students

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.



Meeting Life & Death With Awareness

2014F_PemaKhandro_TeleClass_Ngakpa-page-001 April 26th
Free Public Tele-Class, 10am – 11am PST
Q&A for Members, 11am – 12pm PST

This free Tele-Class will cover the Six Root Verses of the Bardo, and explores death, birth and life from the Tantric Buddhist perspective. Register to join live or sign up and receive access to the recording.

Suggested Donation $15 – $20 / No one is ever turned away for lack of funds


Transforming Anger and Aversion


Tibetan Buddhist teachings say that in one moment of anger we can burn up lifetimes of merit. Aversion, anger and aggression can be some of the most painful and difficult emotions of life. Yet they also hold great potential. The Buddhist Tantras regard anger as a potential doorway to immaculate clarity and fierce kindness. This teaching explores the transformation of sharp, wrathful destructive energies through the study of the five elements, the Vajra family and Vajra Dakini symbols of immaculate clarity and total presence. This is a teaching on harnessing and transforming the most powerful emotions in life. *This class is part of a five course series on mind, emotions and modes of being, each class explores one aspect of the five elements, the five wisdoms and the six realms based on the Blessings and Wisdoms of the Five Dakinis and the Purification of the Six Realms from the Jeweled Garland of Chod.

This webcast will also be joyously hosted by the Berkeley Mahasiddha Center! You are welcome to join the webcast viewing and being together for these rare teachings. Contact Tsalgyur for more information:


Vajrayana Training 2


Vajrayana Training 2 – Course of Study:

  • Emptiness
  • Self, No-Self and Identity in Buddhism
  • The Goal of the Path
  • Intrinsic Purity: Tantra, Conduct & the 5 Precepts
  • Savoring the Flavor of Experience: Tantra, Conduct & the 5 Precepts
  • The Inevitability of Death and the Vow to Help Beings: Tantra, Conduct & the 5 Precepts
  • 2 Truths & the Lie of Duality: Tantra, Conduct & the 5 Precepts
  • Ethics in an Ambiguous World: Tantra, Conduct & the 5 Precepts
  • Ngondro 1
  • Ngondro 2
  • Ngondro 3
  • Ngondro 4

Course includes:

  • One hour LIVE training class with Pema Khandro via webcast, You also receive the recording via email.
  • Optional monthly sessions with your personal Dharma instructor via phone or Skype.
  • Membership in N.I. with the privilege of discounts, newsletters, and private meetings with Rinpoche.
  • Member Events and Sacred Service. 

Instructor Support: 

The supportive group environment allows for engaging with practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, which fosters the experience of genuine and long-lasting change. Working monthly with Dharma Instructors, will help answer your questions and support your integration of this life-changing information that is rarely explained in depth.


Special Thanks – Jan 2014

Many thanks to everyone who put the retreat together this weekend! Thank you to Lobsang for sponsoring lodging for Rinpoche. Thank you to Satya for Directing the School and the weekends events. Thank you to Dedzin, Choying, Malika, Dawa, and Tsalgyur for contributing to Outreach. Thank you to Aruna and Chandala for managing the finances of our non-profit organization. Thank you to Joslyn for being the lead of the catering for the retreat. Thank you to Asher, Max, Namtak, Sorcha for being the catering assistants. Thank you to those who volunteered: Boo, Lehkyi, Fajun, and Zoe. Special thanks to Jayananda for washing the windows, and being a big part of kitchen sega. Thank you to Rinpoche’s assistants, Aruna, Malika. Thank you to Ray for overseeing the technology and media revolution and making webcast available. Thank you to Satya, Mikyo and Chhimed for helping with Registration. Thank you to Mikyo, Ray and Ganga for taking pictures. Thank you for Khalden and Drimed for managing Seva. Thank you to Tsalgyur for enlisting retreat personnel and managing the Berkeley Gompa. Thank you Namtak and Drimmed for Lettuce! Thank you Mikyo for filling in on every area so heroically! Thank you to the residents for hosting the retreat: Serena, Matt, Campbell, Tsalgyur, Darius, Whitney, Max, Brett, and Namtak. Special thanks for Darius for graciously offering his room so Sangha meetings could happen. Thank you to Derrick for being a Bodhisattva and taking care of so many sangha members. Thank you for entertaining us Janak, Asha, Dedzin, Drimed, Khalden, Namtak, Aruna, Kundini, Phoenix, and Satya for hosting the Award Ceremony and Celebration.Thank you to Tsalgyur and Aruna for assisting Rinpoche on Monday morning. Thank you to Dedzin and Aruna for transporting Rinpoche back and forth.

Excerpted Article: Young Teachers Not to Miss

Depictions of the Dalai Lama early in his life help demonstrate that great wisdom and skill can be found in a young body. Yet when I picture great masters of yogic and spiritual disciplines, I can’t help but visualize mature teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Patthabi Jois, and my teacher, Yogi Bhajan.

With those images in mind, my brain always does a double take when I attend dharma talks led by Tantric Buddhist teacher Pema Khandro. While her appearance and playfulness reveal a 30-something body, the presence of a Buddha is unmistakable when she speaks. While perhaps a more common occurrence in Tibet or India, young and realized teachers in the West—and in my own backyard—still surprise me.
Andrea Kowalski

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