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  • $699.00 – General Tuition - All Modules
  • $254.00 – Module 4 - Intrinsic Wisdom
  • $254.00 – Module 3 - Mountain of Jewels
  • $254.00 – Module 2 - Purifying the Mind
  • $254.00 – Module 1 - The Field of Buddhas

Date & Time Details: Date: Sept 28-30, 2021 Time: 1pm - 3pm Pacific time

Location: Online

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Ngondro Training, Module 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom

With Pema Khandro

September 28 - 30, 2021

Join Anytime, Attend Live Online, Receive Recordings

It is possible to join Ngondro Training at any time and it can be taken in any order. Join current modules live and take previous modules at your own pace. This module will focus on Intrinsic Wisdom including Receiving the Four Empowerments and Merging into Buddhahood.

Ngondro are the foundational practices for purifying, training and empowering the body-mind. They form the basis of Vajrayana meditation and serve as the foundation for the highest practices of the nature of mind. Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional and philosophical components which are keys to the practice liberation. 

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. It is also known as the Longchen Nyingthig, (klong chen snying thig). This is a cycle revealed by the brilliant eighteenth century Buddhist yogi, Jigme Lingpa, poet, leader, historian, and treasure revealer, whose texts synthesize Longchenpa’s teachings.

Pema Khandro reserves 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, with the training modules completed in nine months.

Heart of the Vast Expanse – 4 Modules

Module 1: The Field of Buddhas (Self-paced Course)
Module 2: Purifying the Mind
Module 3: Mountain of Jewels
Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom

Module 1: The Field of Buddhas (Self-paced Course)
Purification of Speech
Generating A Refuge Field
Raising Enlightened Intent 

Module 2: Purifying the Mind
Vajrasattva Meditation
Purification of Karma

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

Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom
Receiving the Four Empowerments
Merging into Buddhahood


All Webinars are from 1pm – 3pm Pacific Time
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Module 1 – Transmission & Refuge (Self-paced Course)
Nov 18-20, 2020

Module 2 – Purifying the Mind
Feb 22-24, 2021

Module 3 – Mountain of Jewels
Jun 15-17, 2021

Module 4 – Intrinsic Wisdom
Sept 28-30, 2021


General Tuition Whole Training: $699

General Tuition – Pay Per Module: $254

50% Discount for Snow Lion Members and Vajrayana Training Participants: $350

Free with All Access Pass

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Financial Aid

Financial aid scholarships are available.

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 are 50% discount off Module price: $127 per Module.

Email to Apply at Info@BuddhistStudiesInstitute.org. Applications must be received in advance.


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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