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Shoreline, WA ~ Dakini Mountain Fundraiser

December 15, 2019
Join us for a morning of restoration and rejuvenation. Offering a Bliss yoga class and guided meditation, followed by Golden Chai and brunch. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Buddhist Yogi's Dakini Mountain project. Creating an off-grid retreat center for the respite and refuge for anyone to discover the presence of natural peace.   $50. Space is limited to 10 participants. Contact Kundini to RSVP: kundini@buddhistyogis.org or 206.588.9275
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Santa Cruz, Ca ~ Dakini Mountain Fundraiser

December 15, 2019
The Santa Cruz community of Buddhist Yogis invites you to a special fundraising event for its beautiful new retreat center, Dakini Mountain, located in the pristine, Tahoe National Forest. The evening will include [...]
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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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Solstice Celebration and Charity Benefit for Dakini Mountain

With Pema Khandro

December 22, 2019
All friends and Members of Ngakpa International are cordially invited to a Soulstice Celebration and Charity Benefit for Dakini Mountain Retreat Center - an inspirational semi-formal evening with a Webcast of Pema Khandro Rinpoche, Live Music with the songstress Marya Stark, Buddhist Art Show, and Thangka Sale brought to us from the Lotus Gallery in Nepal. General Admission: $25 - $35 VIP Admission: $54 - $108  -  Includes General Admission, plus Pre-party from 6-7pm with Tapas, Refreshments & Rare Thangka Pre-sale SCHEDULE 6pm - VIP Pre-Party 7pm - Webcast with Pema Khandro Rinpoche 8pm - Live Music with Marya Stark 9pm…
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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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This is a photo I took of Katok monastery in Tibet, last month during the celebration of Padmasambhava. Katok offers another example of how Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis have played a major role in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Katok Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in eastern Tibet. It is also the oldest monastery of the Nyingma school, dating back to the twelfth century.   But in its earlier history, after a period of decline, Katok was revived by a Buddhist Yogi (Tib. sngags pa, sounds like ’ngakpa’), named Longsel Nyingpo. His  name means Heart of the Clear Expanse.

Read Pema Khandro’s Introduction to the Ngakpas – Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis by clicking here

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Ngakpa Longsel Nyingpo, Seventeenth Century Treasure Revealer of Eastern Tibet

Like most of the great lineage lamas of the Nyingma tradition during this period, Longsel Nyingpo was not a monk but a Yogi. He was a treasure revealer and a non-celibate practitioner who married and had children. This place was formerly associated with monastic studies both before and after the life of Longsel Nyingpo. Later during the late nineteenth century, Mipham the Great even founded a shedra – a monastic college there.

During my visit to Katok, I met many monks and nuns but only one Yogi.

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However,  during the seventeenth century, Longsel Nyingpo’s activity led to a short period in which the non-celibate, family lineage of yogis led Katok monastery.

Longsel Nyingpo’s training started later in his life. Since he was not permitted by his parents to take ordination, when he was twenty two, he finally ran away to study Buddhism. He spent years studying and in retreat and then returned home when he was twenty eight. He had visions which began his work as a revealer of Tibetan treasure teachings. It is common for such teachers to be non-celibate. Longsel Nyingpo married when he was thirty four and had two children. His son also eventually became the abbot of Katok monastery.

The seventeenth century was a period of disruption and battle in Tibet where monasteries were destroyed. It was also a period of major transformation in all levels of Tibetan society and culture. During this volatile time, Longsel Nyingpo was invited by the king of Dege and appointed as the head of Katok monastery. He repaired and refurbished the buildings, built statues and expanded and organized their liturgical texts to include his treasure revelation teachings. His treasure teachings are in the collection of the Rinchen Terdzo and he is remembered as one of the great treasure revealers of the ancient school, the Nyingma tradition.

Read more about Longsel Nyingpo here

His son’s biography can be found here

Read Pema Khandro’s Introduction to the Ngakpas – Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis by clicking

References
Rinpoche, Dudjom. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History. Edited by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein. 2nd edition. Boston, Mass: Wisdom Publications, 2002.

Ronis, Jann. Celibacy, Revelations and Reincarnated Lamas: Contestation and Synthesis in the Growth of Monasticism at Katok Monastery from the 17th through 19th Centuries. University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies, 2009.

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/