Suggested Donation – $108.00

Date & Time Details: Aug 29th 8:30am - 4:30pm PDT

Location: Online

Email us about program

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life & Rage as a Path to Liberation

With Pema Khandro and Geshe Sonam

August 29, 2020

This daylong retreat with esteemed guest Geshe Sonam and Pema Khandro is the culmination of a week-long series about the practice of compassion and care in troubled times.

In the face of trauma, fear, aggression… what is the place of love and empathy? In the midst of moral outrage and the imperative to change society, how do we proceed without magnifying aggression and hate? This series is dedicated to contemplating possibilities for facing difficulties with a mind set upon altruistic action and connection with others. The “Bodhisattva” is a Buddhist term for a person dedicated to care for self, others and the world through compassionate action.

  • Explore alternate theories of social change
  • Delve into perspectives for harnessing anger, frustration and grief
  • Investigate possibilities beyond spiritual by-passing
  • Explore the integration of action with compassion.
  • Consider the relationship between self-care, caring for others and caring for our world. 
  • Delve into intersectional identities in a complex and diverse world.

Join internationally renowned Buddhist scholar and teacher, Pema Khandro and esteemed guests n this week-long event dedicated to opening up a conversation about how Buddhist values might unfold in the midst of an avalanche of intense situations. Weekday interviews followed by Saturday retreat on The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life & Rage as a Path to Liberation.


Retreat Schedule
*All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) (UTC-7) Timezone Converter

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Geshe Sonam will teach on Chapter Six to the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Geshe Sonam is a Geshe Lharampa, having earned the highest possible degree in Buddhist philosophy. He is an interpreter to the Dalai Lama. Since Geshe-la will be giving this program from India, we are starting at 8:30am PST/ 11:30 EST instead of our normal starting time

10:30am-10:45  –  Short break

Rage as a Path to Liberation PemaKhandro 2
Pema Khandro will give a class on Buddhistperspectives on anger, rage, power and fierce compassion. The class will explore the relationship between Mahayana & Vajrayana perspectives on anger, compassion and resilience. It will draw on a question of how the bodhisattva ideal gets variantly interpreted in Tibetan literature and how Tibetan Buddhism came to be known as a champion of non-violence

1:00 – 2:30pm  –  Lunch Break

2:30 – 3:00pm  –  Community Tea Time: Discussion Groups

3:00 – 3:45pm  –  Group Chanting & Meditation led by Satya

3:45 – 4:15pm  –  Question and Answers Session with Pema Khandro

4:15 – 4:30pm  –  Bodhisattva Vow Recitation & Closing



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…
Learn more about Pema Khandro
Geshe Sonam
After doing his primary education, Geshe Ngawang Sonam joined Sera Monastic University in 1995 to devote his life to intensive study and practice of Buddhism.  In 2008, he was selected by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to become one of the English translators for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since then, he has accompanied His Holiness to various places in India and to around nine countries around the world. Following his more than twenty years of intensive monastic studies on the five major treatises of Buddhism, and upon clearing all the six successive years of examination, in…
Learn more about Geshe Sonam