Upcoming Events

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

August 22, 2018

Bodhisattva Training

With Pema Khandro

August 29, 2018

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

September 5, 2018

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

September 12, 2018

Meditation Instructor Training – Online

With Pema Khandro, Aruna Rig'dzin and Satya Shiva

September 13 - October 6, 2018

Ngakpa Training

With Pema Khandro

September 19, 2018

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

September 26, 2018

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

October 3, 2018

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 10, 2018

Ngakpa Training

With Pema Khandro

October 17, 2018

Virginia – Vajra Sangha Retreat

With Pema Khandro

October 19 - 21, 2018

Group Leader Training

With Pema Khandro

October 22 - 25, 2018

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 24 - 25, 2018

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

November 7, 2018

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 14, 2018

Ngakpa Training

With Pema Khandro

November 21, 2018

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 28, 2018

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

December 5, 2018

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 12, 2018

Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 26, 2018

Ngakpa Lineage

Though it is less widely recognized, Tibetan Buddhism has not only been sustained by monks, but also by the non-monastic, non-celibate lineage of Ngakpas and Naljorpas, or Buddhist Yogis and Yoginis.  The lineage dates itself back to Padmasambhava, the Indian Yogi who is credited with converting Tibet to a Buddhist nation. Since that time, it has passed as an oral tradition from teacher to disciple and has also enveloped visionary revelations known as treasures (gtermas), which have continuously reinvigorated practitioners over the past thousand years. Buddhist Yogis of the Nyingma Ngakpa tradition practiced largely outside institutions, in family lineages and small groups, emphasizing a direct access to esoteric Buddhist contemplative practices. Though these are esoteric practices of a two-thousand year-old Buddhist tradition, they emphasize discovering greater awareness within every experience and every circumstance and do not require renouncing the world. On the contrary, dreams, emotions, mind-states, body and relationships are to be transformed into a domain of Buddhist practice through cultivating awareness and understanding, and integrating these into one’s life. The School for Yogic Buddhism is dedicated to the practice and dissemination of this non-monastic lineage, specializing in the esoteric practices of the tradition known as Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism. Known for the proliferation of Yogis and Yoginis, as well as non-celibate clergy, the Nyingma lineage is considered the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism. Along with yogic practices, its specialty is the profound view of Dzogchen, which portrays dynamic openness, resilient presence and compassionate creativity as the basis of being and the discovery of this intrinsic state as the focus of all practices.

 


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Pema Khandro

Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, humanitarian and scholar specializing in the philosophy and practice of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis. Her mission is to make in-depth Buddhist education accessible, to open the doorway to the great treasures of philosophy, meditation, medicine and art contained in Tibetan Buddhism. Pema Khandro is the spiritual leader of the Community of Buddhist Yogis in North America, she is the founder of Ngakpa International, the Yogic Medicine Institute, the MahaSiddha Center in BerkeleyCalifornia and Ngakpa House, a charity which supports the education of children and elders in the Himalayas. Pema Khandro is an authorized Lama…

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Trogyal Dorje

Studying with Pema Khandro Rinpoche since 2006, Trogyal is a Buddhist, a budding farmer, and a mentor in the School.

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Janak Kimmel

Studying with Pema Khandro since 2003, Janak is an electrician by trade, a playwright by night, and a creative and devoted student of the dharma. He is a Discussion Group Leader and a Teaching Assistant in the School.

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Satya Shiva - old

Satya is a Board Member and Administrative Director of Ngakpa International and the Community of Buddhist Yogis, with over 16 years of in-depth Buddhist training with her Lama, Pema Khandro Rinpoche. She directs outreach and fundraising for Ngakpa House charity which supports Ngakpa schools worldwide and sponsors orphans in the Himalayan border regions. As Detox Director and resident faculty of the Yogic Medicine Institute, she specializes in prevention and longevity, integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda and Panchakarma – the Purification techniques of the ancient Himalayan Yogis. She has a private practice, regularly teaches classes, speaks at conferences…

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Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche

Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Pema Karpo Meditation Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Having completed thirty years as a monk, fourteen years of teaching experience, and nine years of study at the Buddhist University of Namdroling Monastery in South India, he holds a Khenpo degree, the Buddhist equivalent of a PhD. Gawang Rinpoche came to the United States in 2004 at the invitation of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala International. He proudly became an American citizen in 2012. Rinpoche is the author of Your Mind Is Your Teacher (Shambhala Publications) and The Sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha…

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Aruna Rig'dzin

Aruna Rig’dzin has been studying Tibetan Buddhism with Pema Khandro Rinpoche since 2000.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Ngakpa International and the Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute. She is also a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with over 16 years as an Advanced Yoga Teacher, Meditation Instructor and Panchakarma Specialist (CPT). Completing over 250+ hours of ERT (Emotional Repolarization Technique) with clients from over 20 countries around the world, Aruna is passionate about healing, sustainable living and giving you the tools to live a vibrant, healthy and clear life.

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Satya Shiva

Satya Shiva has been studying with Pema Khandro Rinpoche since 2001. She is the Chief Operating Officer for Ngakpa International since 2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors. Satya is the Panchakarma Clinic Director of the Yogic Medicine Institute since 2004, a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Panchakarma Specialist. She is completing Doctoral Research with a specialization in Healthy Aging and Longevity and is a consultant to transition traditional ‘Residential Care for the Elderly’ to sustainable and alternative medicine based practices.

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His Eminence Gyaldak Rinpoche

His Eminence Gyaldak Rinpoche is head of Drub Tashi Dhargey Cholkor Dechenling Monastery. In the lineage of the great Yogi Milarepa, Rinpoche was recognized as the tulku (reincarnation) of one of the three main disciples of Gampopa – Dorje Gyalpo. This recognition was conferred by the great Nyingma Yogi Sera Yangtrul, Sakya Dawa Sangpo and Taklung Matrul Rinpoche. Rinpoche lived in Tibet until 1991 and was taught by the Karmapa, the Dalai Lama and Chatral Rinpoche and he came to the US in 2005. Gyaldak Rinpoche’s father was the a Kagyu and Nyingma practitioner who was the student of the…

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Nechung Kuten-la

Nechung Kuten-la holds a position of great responsibility for the Tibetan Government as the Tibetan State Oracle – a healer and spiritual advisor. Nechung Kuten-la escaped Tibet with his family in 1966. He ordained at Nechung Monastery in 1970 at the age of 12, in Dharamsala, India. He served as a ritual assistant of the previous Nechung Rinpoche. Then after receiving signs, visions and confirmation from HH Dalia Lama – In 1987 he was recognized as the next Nechung Oracle. http://nechungfoundation.org/rinpoche.html

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Satya Shiva

Satya is a Meditation Instructor in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She has studied with Pema Khandro Rinpoche for 17 years and is the Managing Director of Ngakpa International and the Community of Buddhist Yogis. She also serves as the director of fundraising and outreach for Ngakpa House, a charity which sponsors education for children and orphans in the Himalayan border regions. Satya specializes in mind-body wellness practices. She is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and a licensed Practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been a resident faculty member of the Yogic Medicine Institute since 2004, offering…

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Lama Lhanang Rinpoche

The teachings of Lama Lhanang Rinpoche are simple, profound and touch the very essence of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is a Spiritual Teacher and Meditation Master in the Nyingma Longchen Nying-thig lineage. Having studied in Tibet with many great masters, Rinpoche embodies their wisdom in his teachings about happiness and loving kindness. His is a refreshing voice in the chaos of today, focusing on how to find Happiness within. He is an accomplished instructor of Anu Yoga, an artist, a teacher of Feng Shui, cultural and historical studies and a skillful practitioner of Tibetan Medicine. Born and raised in Northeastern Tibet,…