Anniversary of Yogi – Ngakpa Lama Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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Donate – The Dakini Mountain Emergency Fund

Open Dates
Dakini Mountain and Ngakpa International have been severely affected by the pandemic which has caused a major loss of income. Every contribution at this time makes a difference...
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The Five Elements: Dakini Day Chod – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 14, 2020
Practice the Laughter of the Dakinis on Dakini Day, a practice of healing through ultimate compassion. In Chod the Five Wisdom Dakinis designate the path to the transforming confusion into insight [...]
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Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

August 19, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – Conversations with Pema Khandro & Guests

With Pema Khandro

August 24, 2020
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 social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Dr. Jan Willis & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Dr. Jan Willis

August 25, 2020
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 social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Venerable Thubten Chodron & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Venerable Thubten Chodron

August 26, 2020
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 social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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Bodhisattva in Troubled Times – A Conversation with Myokei Caine-Barret & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Myokei Caine-Barret

August 27, 2020
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 social change and facing difficulties with an altruistic mindset...
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The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – A Daylong Retreat with Geshe Sonam & Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro and Geshe Sonam

August 29, 2020
The “Bodhisattva” is a Buddhist term for a person dedicated to care for self, others and the world through compassionate action. Join Pema Khandro for this daylong retreat that explores how the Bodhisattva path fits in times of strife, change and intense uncertainty...
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Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 2, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 9, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 16, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

September 23, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

September 23, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
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Vajra Sangha Retreat

With Pema Khandro

October 1 - 6, 2020
Closed Retreat, for the Vajra Sangha only.
Closed

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 7, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 14, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 21, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

October 28, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 28, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 4, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 11, 2020
Vajrayana Training is offered in modules with ten classes per year and six classes per module. 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 […]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 18, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

November 25, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 25, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 2, 2020
In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism[…]

Vajrayana Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 9, 2020
In web-classes, meeting twice a month, students will discover how to understand the pivotal principles of Tibetan Buddhism[…]

Ngakpa Training – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 16, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Ngakpa Live – Online

With Pema Khandro

December 23, 2020
The Ngakpa Training offers in-depth study... of Vajrayana Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, focusing on the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition, also known as MahaYoga, AnuYoga and Dzogchen...
Pre-requisites Required to Register. For More Information, Email Info@Ngakpa.org

Buddhist Philosophy Online, Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 23, 2020
This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the challenge of integrating meditation into a full, dynamic life […]
Register Now

Today is the anniversary of the passing away of one of the great Tibetan Lamas who was also a Yogi (Ngakpa). (1) He came to the west, trained and ordained many westerners, including women. Here is a quote to celebrate him.

“A completely awakened state is enlightenment, the unwavering recognition of the absolute nature of our being. Absolute nature pervades everything and is separate from nothing, but we have gone so far on a tangent, so far into mind’s dualistic delusion that we have lost sight of what is absolute…

In a spiritual sense it is not very effective to attempt to change the outside world in order to prevent our own suffering. For example if we glance into a mirror and see a dirty face we might think, “Oh what a dirty face!” Then we quickly grab a cloth and scrub the mirror. This is not the way to get rid of the dirty face we see. Once we realize that the reflection is our own face, we can change the appearance in the mirror by simply washing our face. It will not work to wash away the suffering of our circumstances, but by recognizing our mind as the original cause we can change ourselves.”

– Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Life In Relation to Death Page 10

Learn more about this Nyingma Lama.

(1) The term Ngakpa or Naljorpa refers to Buddhist Yogis, the ordained Tibetan clergy who are non-celibate and teach Vajrayana, Tibetan Yoga  and Dzogchen. You can recognize them by their robes, they wear a red and white shawl instead of the maroon shawl of their monastic counterparts. These days in North American Buddhism, even their initiated students also wear the same shawl to signify that they practice in a Ngakpa tradition or are non-renunciate Buddhists.

Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, humanitarian, and teacher in the rare lineage of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis. Raised in the west, ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku and trained as an academic, Pema Khandro presents both a traditional perspective and a modern voice. Read more at: https://www.pemakhandro.org/pema-khandro-extended-biography/

  1. Thanks for sharing Rinpoche’s analogy with the mirror. I can’t count how many times I have scrubbed that mirror myself with nothing but dissatisfaction and frustration as the result. This brings to mind the quote by Zen master Yasutani Roshi, “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”

  2. I’m very happy to be aware of this great Lama. I love Ngakpas and Ngakmas. I love Dzogchen. To even imagine that everything one has sought is already here in the simplicity and depth of an ordinary moment without a future goal or change in circumstance. How beautiful is that!!!

  3. H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche was unique indeed and it’s absolutely amazing for me to see your connection with him. I simply get speechless with that. As I said on a Facebook post some days ago, though I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him face-to-face, he’s absolutely present in my life because he was the root teacher of Lama Tsering Everest. As you already know, she gave me the empowerment I needed to go ahead with my Red Tara practice.

    You said how fortunate I am. I need to remember that all the time. Thank you so much for this sublime rememberance

    Noel

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