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 and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages and one of few westerners recognized and enthroned as a tulku. She is a teacher of Dzogchen and Vajrayana Buddhism, teachings that emphasize cultivating awareness and presence as the goal of the path.

Pema Khandro specializes in the teachings of Dzogchen, Chod and the Six Yogas; esoteric Buddhist practices for lay people and householders which focus on direct access to cultivating intrinsic wisdom.

She was ordained in the Nyingma tradition and was authorized to pass this non-monastic lineage of ordained Buddhist Yogis, also known as naljorpas and ngakpas on to her students, a task which she has been dedicated to since 1999.

Pema Khandro’s teachings and activities emphasize the importance of the body-mind connection, natural health and nutrition. She is certified as Tibetan Naturopath and has led dozens of courses in nutrition, yoga teacher trainings, yoga therapy trainings, meditation trainings and courses in natural medicine for health practitioners from every field.

Her work is also academic. She spends her days studying Tibetan Buddhist history and researching the philosophical tradition, stories, culture and medical practices of the Buddhist Yogis. She holds a master’s degree specializing in the study of Tibetan Buddhism and is currently completing a Phd specializing in Tibetan studies. She speaks English, Tibetan, Chinese and Spanish languages.

Pema Khandro has been featured in Yoga Journal as one of the “young teachers not to miss,” on TV, on numerous radio interviews, and her writing is also featured in the February 2015 issue of Buddhadharma quarterly.

Today, Pema Khandro continues to be an advocate of the relevance of traditions of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis as Buddhism takes shape in North America. She runs a residential center, leads a thriving community, runs a clinic and non-profit organization. She teaches courses regularly, pursues research projects and continues to cultivate a close relationship with her students and friends who work together in Ngakpa Intl and the North American Community of Buddhist Yogis.

For full bio and website, visit: PemaKhandro.org

Pema Khandro’s Extended Biography

About Pema Khandro’s Recognition

About Pema Khandro – the Ngakpa Tradition

Events with Pema Khandro

Self-Paced Course: Changing Your Karma
March 25, 2020

Cleanse & Clear Your Body & Mind in this Guided 9-Day Online Course Real change is difficult to attain because our mental and emotional patterns are hard-wired into our bodies. But this is also our strength. By harnessing the body-mind connection, we can support mental and emotional transformation. Cleansing is a necessity of life. Letting go of physical and emotional toxins that have built allows us to heal and open up to life, to a new day, to new ways of being. Cleansing and healing take time, effort and expertise – and it’s difficult to do this alone. But you…

Ngakpa Training - Online
July 15, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

The Five Wisdom Dakinis: Dakini Day Chod - Online
July 15, 2020

The Five Wisdom Dakinis – Online Chod Meditation 1-3p PT // 4-6p ET In Chod the Five Wisdom Dakinis designate the path to the transforming confusion into insight. This is a Tibetan meditation which is a potent, dynamic practice for cutting through fear and facing death. It is a practice of healing through ultimate compassion. The practice is the Dzogchen Chod, known as Khandro Geykyang, the Laugher of the Dakinis, the concise version. Rinpoche will lead the practice and discuss its meaning. This has been a monthly practice in Virginia for the last two years on Dakini Day, but in-person Chod practices are…

Resting in Stillness, Annual Meditation Retreat with Pema Khandro - Online
July 22, 2020

Resting in Stillness Annual Meditation Retreat with Pema Khandro Online July 22-26th   Reconnect with your Inner Wisdom. During these times of great change and uncertainty, cultivating a sense of inner stability is crucial.  It is a fact of life that self-care and contemplation are the foundation for showing up more fully to the world. Thus this live-stream event is offered as support when support is needed the most.  Rest deeply and Renew your life. The focus of this retreat is to support you to experience deep rest, deep calm and a sense of mind-body renewal. This is meditation practice…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
July 22, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
July 22, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Free Intro to Meditation Instructor Training - Online
August 3, 2020

Join Pema Khandro Rinpoche, Aruna Rig’zin and Satya Shiva for a free introduction to the upcoming Meditation Instructor Training.  The training details will be covered along with time for Q&A. For full details and curriculum, visit: https://ngakpa.org/meditation-teacher-training/

Vajrayana Training - Online
August 5, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Vajrayana Training - Online
August 12, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Ngakpa Training - Online
August 19, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
August 26, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
August 26, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Vajrayana Training - Online
September 2, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Vajrayana Training - Online
September 9, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Ngakpa Training - Online
September 16, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
September 23, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
September 23, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Vajra Sangha Retreat
October 1, 2020

Closed Retreat, for the Vajra Sangha only.

Vajrayana Training - Online
October 7, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Vajrayana Training - Online
October 14, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Ngakpa Training - Online
October 21, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
October 28, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
October 28, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Vajrayana Training - Online
November 4, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Vajrayana Training - Online
November 11, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting once a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Ngakpa Training - Online
November 18, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
November 25, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
November 25, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Vajrayana Training - Online
December 2, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Vajrayana Training - Online
December 9, 2020

Vajrayana Training is offered in modules. The courses are non-sequential and can be taken in any order. In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism, make sense of empowerments, and go deep into understanding oneself, one’s own world, and how to make better sense of one’s own mind. Click here for full curriculum and details – Vajrayana Training. For questions or help with enrollment, please contact Membership@Ngakpa.org.

Ngakpa Training - Online
December 16, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast
December 23, 2020

A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life. This class will include meditation instruction, Buddhist teachings, and remedies for navigating through challenges to practice. To help support busy Buddhist Yogis in keeping a regular practice, Open Program Meditation Class is held with Pema Khandro every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm-6:30pm PT / 9pm-9:30pm ET. A link for the class will be sent to your email box 24…

Ngakpa Live - Online
December 23, 2020

The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study of Vajrayana Buddhism. The five year curriculum focuses on a study of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen. These studies alternate with one on one dialogues with the Lama in phone classes, private meetings and Vajra Sangha retreats. Course Format The class meets twice a month via the web, in addition to reading assignments, practice requirements, oral presentations and debates on Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites This class is open to students who have completed the following requirements Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy Series Buddhist Meditation Series A period of six…