The following dharma talk was given by guest teacher Pema Khandro, following a retreat presented over Zoom in January 2021.
Pema Khandro is a scholar and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Ngakpa International and oversees its projects, the Dakini Mountain Retreat Center, the Buddhist Studies Institute and the Yogic Medicine Institute as well as Ngakpa House, a charity which supports the education of children and elders in the Himalayas.
Pema Khandro’s academic work specializes in the history of Dzogchen as well as the culture and literature of non-celibate Tibetan yogis. Khandro Rinpoche is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages and one of the few westerners recognized and enthroned as a tulku, a Buddhist leader who carries on the lineage of a predecessor.
We hope you enjoy this talk on courage, perseverance, and authentic practice. In it, Rinpoche reflects on teachings said to have been given by Padmasambhava, the great ancestor who brought Buddhism to Tibet. These particular teachings were given to Yeshe Tsogyal, an 8th century enlightenment master who is often thought of as the mother of Tibetan Buddhism, the first female practitioner to have attained full realization in the Vajrayana tradition.