A Man Who Had it All

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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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Buddhism was founded by a man who had it all – money, power, wealth, a beautiful wife, a child, a family, an inheritance, health, physical strength, political power and a promising future. The legends of his life describe a turning point when he was twenty nine years old. He went out into the city and was confronted, face to face with illness, aging and death. Having had both these experiences, he entered into a deep questioning about what the true causes of happiness and suffering in life really were. He set out from his home and went on a journey of spiritual seeking that changed world history.

Buddhist practice considers the full range of experiences joy and sorrow, loss and gain, happiness and suffering – by examining the source of all experience – our own minds. The nature of success or failure are never defined completely by our circumstances. It always boils down to how we interpret those circumstances, how we react to them, how we make sense of them… this is how we make or break satisfaction. Buddhism is a path of waking up to our own mind.

Here is a video series we made after the last retreat, a seven part series on the Buddha’s fascinating life!

Though the founder of Buddhism was an Indian man also known as Siddhartha Guatama, in Tibetan Buddhism, he is also known as Shakyumuni Buddha based on the clan that he was born in. But he is most well known as the “Buddha,” the awakened one. Buddhism is also named after this sanskrit word, meaning the path of awakening. This awakening is a matter of awakening to original goodness, a natural state of inspired compassion and wakefulness that Buddhism teaches is the nature of every human being. Everyone can be said to have this “Buddha-nature,” and Buddhism is a path of awakening to this fact and developing our connection with that intrinsic wisdom.

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. It’s so interesting to think about the contrast between some of the reasons I’ve turned towards spiritual practice, like feeling upset over various life crises, as opposed to experiencing the crisis inherent in the human condition. The way you relate the story of the Buddha’s life is so important because he was not born in conditions that would heighten dissatisfaction and yet his compassion and sensitivity was so profound he felt the suffering of others was unbearable

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