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Date & Time Details: Date: October 24th, 2022 Time: 6-7:30pm San Fransisco \ 9-10:30pm New York \ 11am-12:30pm Australia (Oct 25)

Location: Online

Ngondro Training, Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom with Pema Khandro

With Pema Khandro

October 24, 2022








Attend Live Online and Receive Recordings

Practice Liberation.

Establish a Solid Foundation for Your Life.

Strengthen your Compassion for Self, Others & Your World.

Practice Ngondro in a Supportive Community

Ngondro meditation is the foundation of a solid experience of spiritual growth. Ngondro refers to a series of meditation practices for purifying, training and empowering the mind & body.

Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional and philosophical components which are keys to the practice of liberation. It is the basis for all Vajrayana practice and thus it is used as a the pre-requisite for the great practices of the Vajrayana tradition. However, ngondro itself is a beloved meditation series for its own sake. It is often practiced many times throughout a life cycle by great yogis of the Nyingma tradition such as Patrul Rinpoche (eighteenth century).

Without proper instruction ngondro can be incredibly complex and difficult. This course offers a simple, thorough, direct and supported experience of ngondro – making the heart essence of Vajrayana accessible for serious practitioners.

This Ngondro training focuses on the foundational esoteric practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism which emphasizes reliance on intrinsic wisdom, through its highest teaching, Dzogchen. The Heart of the Vast Expanse is a cherished cycle of the Nyingma lineage that prepares for the path of Dzogchen. It is also known as the Longchen Nyingthig, (klong chen snying thig) Ngondro. This is a cycle revealed by the brilliant eighteenth century Buddhist yogi, Jigme Lingpa, poet, leader, historian, and treasure revealer, whose texts synthesize the teachings of Nyingma luminary, Longchenpa.

Pema Khandro offers Ngondro teachings for serious students who wish to do intensive contemplative training. Dedicated to training yogis, householders and lay people outside of the monastery, Pema Khandro presents these practices in their concise, essential form.

This comprehensive course on Ngondro will be taught in four modules to support the accomplishment of practice over the period of one year. Join the Ngondro Training at the first Live Webinar Class of any module. Get support to accomplish the mantra accumulations with a weekly online practice group and an accountability partner. Find clarity by bringing questions to a live monthly class with Pema Khandro.

Each module of the Ngondro course offers the instructions and guided practice for the four major sections of the ngondro.

Heart of the Vast Expanse – 4 Modules

Module 1: The Field of Buddhas – Jan 2023
Purification of Speech
Generating A Refuge Field
Raising Enlightened Intent 

This module focuses on the purification of speech as the basis for Buddhist tantric practice. It then focuses on generating the refuge field. This is a practice of getting resourced, learning one’s own lineage and understanding the field of support for one’s spiritual journey. This section concludes with a focus on raising the altruistic, enlightened intent, bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is the ground, the fuel and purpose of life and it is the essential ingredient in tantric meditations.

Module 2: Purifying the Mind – April 2023
Vajrasattva Meditation
Purification of Karma

This module focuses on clearing karma. It is includes one of the most important practices of Buddhist tantra – Vajrasattva meditation. This includes a clearing of unprocessed experiences and past misdeeds through the meditation and making amends for wrong doing. Vajrasattva mantras and meditation are introduced and instructed.

Module 3: Mountain of Jewels – July 2023
Mandala Offering
Vajrayogini Practice
Seven Line Prayer

This module focuses on the ultimate form of the defining Buddhist principles of letting go and interdependence. The module focuses on the mandala offering, a body- mind practice with mantra, visualization and mudras, to release all neurotic grasping in a practice of radical generosity.

Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom – October 24th 2022
Receiving the Four Empowerments
Merging into Buddhahood

Intrinsic Wisdom. This module focuses on the key theme of Vajrayana, which is empowerment, to experience the power of the indestructible buddhanature within oneself. It begins with Vajrayogini meditation and the seven line prayer, a prayer used widely in the Nyingma tradition to supplicate the awakened mind. This is followed by the guru yoga meditation and merging into Buddhahood.


All of the ngondro meditations are highly psychological and psycho-physical. They deal with the fundamental issues of a spiritual life, ones identity, body, relationships, past and future.

Ngondro requires transmission/initiation in order to begin the practice. The oral transmission will be given by Pema Khandro at the beginning of the live class.

Practice text for the essential ngondro will be provided.

Suggested text: Longchen Nyingthig Preliminaries, The Excellent Path to Omniscience by Jigme Trinley Ozer. A Rich Collection of Texts, Commentaries and Prayers for the Practice. Tony Duff.

  • Self-Paced Courses with Pema Khandro
  • Quarterly Live Class with Pema Khandro to kick off each Module
  • Live Q&A with Pema Khandro ~ 1st Monday following Module Start
  • Live Online Weekly Practice Group ~ Mondays 6-7pm PST/9-10pm EST


General Tuition and Financial Aid Considerations

Early Bird: $645
General Tuition: $699
Pay Per Module: $254
50% Discount for Snow Lions & Vajrayana Training Members: $350 ($87.50/Module)*

*Members Apply Discount “Coupon Codes” at Checkout

The course costs are set at a minimum fee already, with financial aid built into all tuition rates. Because we are a non-profit organization, the costs of all activities and overhead of our organization must be covered by the participants of the courses or donations and all courses are offered at below cost. For those who are experiencing genuine financial hardship and wish to enroll in the course, Financial Aid applications are available.

Financial Aid Scholarships: Financial-Aid scholarships are available for this training. (Applications must be received in advance.). Financial Aid Scholarships are 50% off the Module price: $127 per Module. 

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Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is an internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku, and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects: The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, an early twentieth century…
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