• $725.00 – Tuition (Meals and Lodging charged separately)

Members discounts apply to tuition only. Use your membership discount code at checkout. Regular Tuition is $675 and begins April 10th. Late Registration Tuition is $725 and begins May 10th. All sales are final and non-refundable.

Date & Time Details: Tuesday, May 29 at 4pm through Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm

Location: Jikoji Zen Center

Address: 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033

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Santa Cruz Mountains: Vajrayana Meditation Retreat

With Pema Khandro

May 29 - June 3, 2018

Retreat into the beautiful redwood forest, unwind with restorative yoga, experience deep meditation, enjoy organic vegetarian meals, converse with fascinating people and best of all, receive Buddhism’s most profound teachings…

This meditation retreat focuses on Buddhism’s esoteric practice for transforming the most difficult experiences into opportunities for awakening. It is a method which harnesses the heroic energy of enlightened intent to change neurotic mind patterns and heal from traumas. It is a practice for opening to intrinsic wholeness, loving compassion, and natural resilience.

The retreat will offer training and immersion in the method known as “Cutting Through” or Chod. Chod is a practice cherished by every lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a dynamic meditation which incorporates, vision, mantra, prayer, music, and ritual to cultivate open-hearted presence in the face of one’s fear. Chod is a Buddhist method for healing and transforming the hidden content within one’s own mind. By giving up grasping and externalized projections, the meditator taps into intrinsic courage.

The retreat will alternate between teachings, training, dynamic meditation practice and silent sitting meditation. It will include instructions on

  • How to use the Chod instruments, drum, bell and thighbone trumpet
  • Chanting the Laughter of the Dakinis Chod in Tibetan
  • The visualization and meaning behind Chod
  • The Chod technique for working with emotions and subconscious mind
  • The song of the Dakinis of the five directions
  • Dzogchen and Chod – Buddhist philosophy on the nature of mind

If you are new to Vajrayana Buddhism, we recommend you take this class first:

Buddhism As a Way of Life
Vajrayana Training

What to Bring
This retreat will use Vajrayana instruments, so please bring chod drum and bell with you. If you don’t have one please notify the organizers so that one can be ordered for you.

General Schedule of Events
*This is the approximate daily schedule and is subject to change.

Tuesday, May 29th
4:00pm – Arrival, registration and check-in
5:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Opening Empowerment

Every Day Wednesday – Saturday
8:00am   – Breakfast
10:00am – Presence as the Path – Meditation
11:00am Chod Teaching and Practice
12:30pm –  Lunch
1:30pm   – Free time
3:30pm  – Classes and Workshops
5:30pm  – Dinner
7:00pm  – Chod Practice

Saturday Evening Celebration
7:00pm  – Celebration

8:00am  – Breakfast
9:00am  – Chod Practice
10:00am – Pack out lodging
11:30am  – Final Transmission
12:30pm –  Lunch
1:30pm   – Closing Ceremony
3:00pm  – Group Picture and Departure

Member Discounts
*Membership discounts apply to Tuition Only
**Use your membership discount code at checkout.
10% discount  –  Supporter Members
20% discount  –  Mandala Holders
50% discount  –  Snow Lion Members (with a 6-month commitment)
100% discount  –  Sustainers and above (with a 3-month commitment)

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Meals, Lodging and more at Jikoji Zen Center

  • Lodging is limited and on first-come-first-serve basis
  • All program participants are welcome to enjoy all parts of the land and center, including hiking trails.
  • Organic Vegetarian Meals and snacks will be served. Non-gluten and non-dairy options are available at every meal.
  • Please, no food, drugs, alcohol, pets, incense, candles or other flammables.
  • Please do not wear scented body products, as these cause severe toxic reactions in some people.

Tuition Fee Schedule & Lodging 

*Member Discounts Apply
Early-bird tuition  –  $595 before April 13
Regular Tuition     –  $675 April 10 – May 9
Late Tuition           –  $725  May 10-20

Accommodations, Lodging, and Meals
*are charged separately based on the choice of accommodation, which are first-come-first-serve.
**Includes 3 meals/day. Meals and snacks are all freshly prepared, organic, and vegetarian.

Single room   (1 person) with shared bath     –  $875
Double room (2 people) with shared bath     –  $700 per person
Dorm room   (4-7 people) with shared bath  –  $595 per person
Camping        (own tent) with shared bath     –  $445 per person

All sales are final and non-refundable


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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