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Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

September 26, 2018
Join Pema Khandro to study Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation in this free monthly class. The Open Teaching is a thirty-minute webinar, open to the public. The class starts with the […]

LA Teaching: Love in Times of Hate

With Pema Khandro

September 28, 2018
Explore a Buddhist perspective on love and compassion during the era of the mainstreaming of hate-speech. Taught by Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar, Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche, this evening will be a lecture and discussion on Tibetan Buddhist principles for transforming aggression and discovering decisive clarity which is loving and powerful at the same time. This teaching is open to the public […]

LA Teaching: Tibetan Dream Yoga

With Pema Khandro

September 29, 2018
Considered the practice most similar to our experience at death, Dream Yoga is about navigating in the real and unreal aspects of our experience without falling asleep to awareness. It is a practice of recognizing the nature of our minds. This Teaching focuses on the Tibetan Buddhist methods for navigating Dream, Waking Life, and Sleep. Waking, dreaming, and deep sleep present transformations of perception and they highlight the continuity and discontinuity of experience. Through recognizing the opportunities for meditative awareness in these states, we can understand our own minds and face all our experiences with greater presence. A teaching based…

San Diego Teaching: Awakening Fierce Compassion

With Pema Khandro

September 30, 2018
White Tara Empowerment and Teaching with Pema Khandro Rinpoche. Open to the public. White Tara is the the female Buddha of compassion who strengthens the life force and protects beings. The White Tara meditation is a Tibetan Buddhist practice for awakening intrinsic wisdom.
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Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

October 3, 2018
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 […]

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 10, 2018
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 Training

With Pema Khandro

October 17, 2018
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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Virginia – Vajra Sangha Retreat

With Pema Khandro

October 19 - 21, 2018
Closed Retreat. Vajra Sangha Participants must be able to attend from beginning to end. Vajra Sangha are the long-term personal students of Pema Khandro who are eligible for private teachings and advanced training. The Vajra Sangha functions in a warm, closely connected community, based on long-term friendships, mutual respect, and appreciation. It is an association of serious practitioners who do in-depth study and service, who are also able to be light-hearted and celebrate life. It is a community of leaders rather than a community of followers since advanced Buddhist study requires a willingness to take responsibility for one’s life and be willing…
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Group Leader Training

With Pema Khandro

October 22 - 25, 2018
The Group Leader Training Program serves the need for training leaders who will serve their local communities, to connect them with the tools for meditation practices and for studying fundamental Buddhist views. Such group leaders will require a firm grounding in the methods of daily meditation practice a clear curriculum for studying foundational Buddhist perspectives and ongoing mentorship with Pema Khandro Therefore this training sets out an authorized curriculum which covers the key meditations for regular practice as well as three sets of extended discussion group formats. The training offered will be focused on Group Leaders who understand Buddhist practice…
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Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

October 24 - 25, 2018
Join Pema Khandro to study Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation in this free monthly class. The Open Teaching is a thirty-minute webinar, open to the public. The class starts with the […]

Virginia: Chod Intensive

With Pema Khandro

October 26 - 28, 2018
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.….[…]
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Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

November 7, 2018
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 […]

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

November 14, 2018
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 Training

With Pema Khandro

November 21, 2018
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 28, 2018
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 […]

Vajrayana Training

With Pema Khandro

December 5, 2018
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 […]

Dzogchen Day Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 12, 2018
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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Open Teaching Webcast

With Pema Khandro

December 26, 2018
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 […]

The fourteenth Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women is well underway, with approximately a thousand people here to celebrate women in Buddhism. There are 475 from Indonesia and 520 from forty different countries attending! In the opening ceremony there were two hundred Buddhist nuns. All of their different color robes speak of the diversity of Buddhism. Each day there are scholarly presentations, workshops, shared meals, dharma talks and other activities happening. The conference is meeting this year in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Its quite green, the landscape is very lush and the weather is hot and humid. The panels are held outside at a beautiful resort, not too far from a volcano that erupts every four years.

The first day of the conference was quite inspiring. The official opening of the conference began with chanting led by ordained women from the Buddhist traditions of Japan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia and Tibet. It was beautiful to hear the differences in cadence and melodies and see all the different colors of robes from each of the lineages.

Here is a photo of us at the start of the conference. It shows me, Pema Khandro, with my two students, Aruna and Satya who are the directors of our non-profit organization.

PemaKhandro_Aruna_Satya_SakyadhitaConference_www.PemaKhandro.org_-989x1024Later in the day we all  we travelled to the palace in Yogyakarta. Yes – that’s right – a thousand people traveling in buses. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, who is the current president of Sakyadhita, gave a moving opening speech in the afternoon. My favorite part was when she said that there was only one yana present at the gathering – the Buddhayana. The “yanas” are the different paths practiced by Buddhists all around the world, so say there is only one yana here today is a way of recognizing that even though there are many kinds of Buddhists, we are all equally Buddhists and united by that. It is one of the inspiring elements of the conference, the distinct experience of non-sectarianism. Buddhists from many different traditions all gathering together is important, and this is a rare wonderful occasion. In this spirit, one of the nuns said during her presentation, “I decided to ordain in Mahayana, not because that is the best path but because that was the most suitable path for me.”

Here is a photo of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo after her key note address on the first day of the conference. It was a mob of people pushing forward to take photos with her, like a rock star! (Jetsunma is the nun in maroon Tibetan robes on the left).

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In the sea of ordained sangha, I think I was the only ordained one there with hair! In the ngakpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhist yogis, our vows require keeping our hair as a symbol of the purity of the whole phenomenal world. But, I was delighted when another one of the conference attendees immediately recognized my robes and said, “Oh you are female Ngakpa, a Vajrayana practitioner!” I have often said that I dream of the day Tibetan yogis robes are as familiar to people as Tibetan monks and nuns robes, so for the moment it was a slice of that dream come true. But that is the general tone of the event – a group of serious Buddhist practitioners who are aware of the diversity and power of the various Buddhist lineages. It is beneficial for more people know about the tradition of Buddhist Yogis of Tibet because it offers a path for serious Buddhists who still have jobs, families and marriages, and also because of the wonderful Buddha-nature teachings it contains. This is what is beautiful about Buddhism, there is a saying in Tibetan Buddhism that the Buddha gave 84,000 different kinds of teachings for the 84,000 kinds of people. So, it is nice to be in an environment where there is awareness of the rich diversity of Buddhist forms from different countries.

In Buddhism we all share the idea of “bodhichitta.” This is a sanskrit word, it refers to enlightened intent, the wish for oneself and others to awaken and be free from suffering. Being at the conference gives me the palpable feeling of being surrounded by bodhichitta, positive intentions and altruistic aspirations. Its especially joyous to see so many ordained women and committed practitioners. One after another the presenters talk about how Buddhist values can help heal this world, they express appreciations of diversity and talk of the contributions of women to Buddhism.

This month I have travelled to Indonesia to the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women’s Conference, where I will be presenting on Women’s Leadership in Tibetan Buddhism’s History. Buddhist women and scholars from all of the world are gathering at this conference and I am joyfully bringing two of my female students with me. In celebration of that inspiring event, this months’ postings are all about Buddhist women in history and in July I will teach an online course on the life and teachings of the Female Buddha of Tibet.

You can read about my conference presentation and read the many other interesting presentations here:

http://sakyadhita.org/conferences/14th-si-con/14th-si-con-abstracts.html#Lay-MonasticDivide

You can read about Sakyadhita’s mission here: Sakyadhita’s objectives

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/