From True Self to the Bare Fact of Being

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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 1

With Pema Khandro

October 23, 2019
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 […]
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Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 23, 2019
A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. Click Here to Register What is Dakini Day? The Dakini (known in Tibetan as Khandro) is the principle of spacious dynamic wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the […]

Bodhisattva Training

With Pema Khandro

October 30, 2019
Bodhisattva Training is an online class with Pema Khandro Rinpoche held on the 5th Wednesdays of the month. Prerequisite Completion of at least one module of Bodhisattva Training. Tuition $30 Free for Snow Lion Members and above.
To register, please email Register@Ngakpa.org

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 13, 2019
Guided meditation and discussion with Pema Khandro. This 30 minute online class is free and open to Buddhist Yogis Sangha Members only. Click Here to become a Member Join online for this monthly class to practice meditation and discuss esoteric Buddhism with Pema Khandro. This class is a joyful opportunity to connect with the Buddhist Yogis […]
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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 2

With Pema Khandro

November 20, 2019
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 […]
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Public Program

With Pema Khandro

November 21, 2019
San Diego, Ca ~ Public Program
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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 1

With Pema Khandro

November 27, 2019
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 […]
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Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 27, 2019
A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. Click Here to Register What is Dakini Day? The Dakini (known in Tibetan as Khandro) is the principle of spacious dynamic wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the […]

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 11, 2019
Guided meditation and discussion with Pema Khandro. This 30 minute online class is free and open to Buddhist Yogis Sangha Members only. Click Here to become a Member Join online for this monthly class to practice meditation and discuss esoteric Buddhism with Pema Khandro. This class is a joyful opportunity to connect with the Buddhist Yogis […]
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Ngakpa Seminary, Level 2

With Pema Khandro

December 18, 2019
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 […]
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New Years Retreat ~ Vajrasattva

January 20, 2020
Begin the New Year with a Day-long meditation retreat. You will practice Vajrasattva meditation, the practice cherished by Tibetan Buddhists for clearing past karma and restoring confidence and awakening compassion wisdom of your innermost mind. This retreat will be held in Los Angeles, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Grass Valley and Berkeley led by the Buddhist Yogi’s Sangha’s Meditation Instructors and Group Leaders [...]
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Buddhadharma quarterly is featuring an article I wrote on waking up while facing crisis.

Buddhism orients around finding freedom from suffering through changing the way we see ourselves. This is the teaching of non-self (anatman).

The idea of non-self is not just a philosophical or abstract issue. Quite practically – it could lead to seeing oneself in a way that fosters adaptability, fluidity and responsiveness.

This paradigm also represents a shift from experiencing “self” as separate from our world. For example, in one environment you may be a mother, in another a friend, in another a son, in another a business person. It is natural then to ask, which is the real you? The idea of non-self reconciles these contradictions and affirms the scope of possibilities for what we are. It implies that what we are is made up of open ground. It implies interdependence with others and our circumstances. Buddhist ideas of non-self reframe the way we see what we are so that we focus on our fluid, contextual and open-ended nature.

It would be easy to fear that non-self implies a void, being no one, or a lack of self esteem. But in Dzogchen, the great completion teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, the notion non-self is framed as a shift from conceptualizing what we are to paying attention to the experience of being. In a sense this allowing the bare fact of being be more predominant than concepts. Ideally, this is what happens in meditation, a sense of tuning into presence. Then a second key Buddhist idea becomes apparent – the notion of Buddha-nature – that at the core of every person, our basic nature, is a wakeful presence. That wakeful presence is always there but we habitually disassociate from it in favor of a getting lost in concepts, moods and unquestioned assumptions. However sometimes, life offers us moments where we can see this process with a greater perspective. These moments of lucidity are revealing. We shift from missing the forest for the trees to then seeing the process of self, mind and attention as a whole.

No where is this shift more obvious than in times of crisis. Ordinary “self” concepts fall away but there isn’t a void there. Here is an excerpt from my article –

There are times like these in our lives—such as facing death or even giving birth—when we are no longer able to manage our outer image, no longer able to suspend ourselves in pursuit of the ideal self. It’s just how it is—we’re only human beings, and in these times of crisis we just don’t have the energy to hold it all together. When things fall apart, we can only be as we are. Pretense and striving fall away, and life becomes starkly simple.

The value of such moments is this: we are shown that the game can be given up and that when it is, the emptiness that we feared, emptiness of the void, is not what is there. What is there is the bare fact of being. Simple presence remains—breathing in and out, waking up and going to sleep. The inevitability of the circumstances at hand is compelling enough that for the moment, our complexity ceases….. The contrived self has been emptied out along with contrived existence and the tiring treadmill of image maintenance that goes along with it. What remains is a new moment spontaneously meeting us again and again.

Here is the full article at Buddhadharma Quarterly

http://www.lionsroar.com/four-points-for-letting-go-bardo/

Here is the full article in Spanish – translated by Victoria Varela

https://binduyoga.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/los-cuatro-puntos-esenciales-para-dejar-ir/

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/