Surrounded by Buddhist Women

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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

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/