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, Dakini Mountain, 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

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Events with Pema Khandro

Ngakpa Training - Online
April 21, 2021

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 once 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…

Finding Comfort and Ease with Pema Khandro
April 23, 2021

Online Restorative Meditation Retreat with Pema Khandro This retreat focuses on the paradox of resting in buddha-nature and recognizing illusions. It offers support for exploring Buddhist philosophy experientially through alternating dharma study and practice. The retreat is lead by Buddhist scholar and teacher, Pema Khandro, founder of the Buddhist Studies Institute. As a special event during the pandemic, Pema Khandro will lead the study of and practice of the sems nyid ngal gso, Longchenpa’s instructions on Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind, a classic text of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This retreat is led entirely online, with…

Excellent Path
April 28, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
May 5, 2021

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
May 12, 2021

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
May 19, 2021

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 once 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…

Excellent Path
May 26, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
June 2, 2021

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
June 9, 2021

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.

Ngondro Training - Heart of the Vast Expanse
June 15, 2021

Join Anytime, Attend Live Online, Receive Recordings It is possible to join Ngondro Training at any time and it can be taken in any order. Join current modules live and take previous modules at your own pace. This module will focus on Mountain of Jewels including Mandala Offering, Vajrayogini Practice and the Seven Line Prayer. Ngondro are the foundational practices for purifying, training and empowering the body-mind. They form the basis of Vajrayana meditation and serve as the foundation for the highest practices of the nature of mind. Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive,…

Ngakpa Training - Online
June 16, 2021

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 once 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…

Excellent Path
June 23, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
July 7, 2021

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
July 14, 2021

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
July 21, 2021

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 once 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…

Excellent Path
July 28, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
August 4, 2021

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.

Ngondro Training - Heart of the Vast Expanse
August 10, 2021

Join Anytime, Attend Live Online, Receive Recordings It is possible to join Ngondro Training at any time and it can be taken in any order. Join current modules live and take previous modules at your own pace. This module will focus on Intrinsic Wisdom including Receiving the Four Empowerments and Merging into Buddhahood. Ngondro are the foundational practices for purifying, training and empowering the body-mind. They form the basis of Vajrayana meditation and serve as the foundation for the highest practices of the nature of mind. Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional…

Vajrayana Training - Online
August 11, 2021

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
August 18, 2021

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 once 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…

Excellent Path
August 25, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
September 1, 2021

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
September 8, 2021

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
September 15, 2021

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 once 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…

Excellent Path
September 22, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
October 6, 2021

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
October 13, 2021

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
October 20, 2021

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…

Ngakpa Live - Online
October 27, 2021

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…

Excellent Path
October 27, 2021

Buddhist Philosophy Online ~ Open Teaching Webcast 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…

Vajrayana Training - Online
November 3, 2021

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
November 10, 2021

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
November 17, 2021

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 once 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 1, 2021

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 8, 2021

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 15, 2021

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 once 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…