Laughter of the Dakinis – Chod Retreat

  • Ngakpa International Ngakpa International
  • Troy, Virginia
  • Oct 5, 2019 (1 day)
  • $135.00 - Fri - Sat Tuition. Includes Friday rLung (Oral Transmission) of Chod $108.00 - Sat Only *for people who have already received the rLung (transmission to practice this Chod cycle)

About This Event

A day long meditation retreat focused on the practice of the Laughter of the Dakinis, a dynamic Tibetan Buddhist meditation cycle using chanting, instrumentation and visualization. This day and a half intensive will include the initiation into the practice followed by three Chod sessions and a short study of two key passages in the liturgy. This retreat is practice-focused rather than study-focused, but there will be a session to go over aspects of the text and visualization. The full practices requires more extensive study than can be done in one day, however, newcomers are welcome and will be offered instruction on the instruments in a break out group for new students.

What to Bring

This retreat will use Vajrayana instruments, so please bring chod drum and bell with you. If you don’t have one, we will have a limited supply of Chod drums for sale.

$12 Meals Available with Advance Registration

Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

*Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free

Please let us know TODAY if you will be participating in meals and any allergies we should know about.


Khandro Ling is a private home retreat, address will be released upon registration

Where to Stay

Khandro Ling lodging is already full for this retreat. 

Recommended Places to Stay Nearby

8 Minute drive from Khandro Ling:

Best Western at Zion Crossroads

135 Wood Ridge Ter, Zion Crossroads, VA 22942


AirBnB in Troy, Virginia

If you are new to Vajrayana Buddhism and want to learn more about Buddhism, the following courses are recommended:

Buddhism As a Way of Life


Vajrayana Training


Tuition – Sliding Scale

$15-$30 – Fri night rLung Only

143.00-$236.00 – Fri – Sat Tuition. Includes Organic Vegetarian Lunch & Dinner on Sat

$128.00-$216.00 – Sat Only *for people who have already received the rLung (empowerment to practice this Chod cycle). Includes Organic Vegetarian Lunch & Dinner on Sat

*Member Discounts Apply

Tuition is non-refundable. In case one cannot attend the program, tuition costs may be applied as a credit to a future teaching or toward Membership.

Member Discounts

*Membership discounts apply to Tuition Only

**Use your membership discount code at checkout.

10% discount  –  Supporter Members

20% discount  –  Mandala Holders

50% discount  –  Snow Lion Members (with a 6-month commitment)

100% discount  –  Sustainers and above (with a 3-month commitment)

Click Here to Learn More about Membership


Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Könchok Wangchuk Palzang   May 25, 2020

      Great event

    Rinpoche was an amazing teacher. She spoke in depth and with compassion and kindness, while keeping all of her instruction and discussion engaging and interesting. I'm very grateful.

  • Katalin Bogdan   April 20, 2020

      Great Teacher of our time

    Even with some studies and experience in Dharma Teachings, listening to Pema Khandro Rimpoche is always like a fresh breeze, totally timely and absolutely clarifying. Her teachings are easily accessible yet not simplified or shallow, in contrary, it is always surprising how vast her knowledge is supported by decades of practice and experience. For her age-group she is one of the most knowledgeable I have encountered among western Teachers in the tradition, and I am always amazed and delighted by the richness and applicability of her transmission. All her teachings I have heard are down to earth and totally practice oriented for the benefit of the listener. I have not yet attended any teaching in person, but would at any time if opportunity arises, till then i look forward to more - always, from this great Master.

  • Katherine Winge   April 19, 2020

      Deep wisdom

    Having the opportunity to receive the chod practice from Pema Khandro was a great gift. Her insight and experience with the practice was helpful to understand it. I love how well balanced her teachings are. They are deeply rooted tradition, practice and integrate psychology and common sense.

  • Linda Detsal Joy   April 19, 2020

      Retreats and Classes by Pema Khandro Rinpoche

    i have attended many of Pema Khandro's retreats and classes in person and online over the years. It always feels that she gives her utmost. Her teachings are not only practical but impart so much wisdom that rings true in my heart. I can hardly put into words how much she has helped me to make sense of life and given me deep resilience through troubled times. Teaching with so much compassion and empathy that it has deepened my own capacity for love and compassion in my life for my self and others. The atmosphere that is created in this community feels supportive, accepting and welcoming to anyone no matter who they are, which I believe is so needed in this world. I'm truly grateful to have been able to have access to these ancient and beautiful Buddhist teachings.

  • Philippe Guichard   April 16, 2020

      Transforming Fear | Shifting our perceptions

    I attended the series "Transforming Fear" online with Pema Khandro Rinpoche, it helped me find more space in my mind to deal with this transition we are all experiencing. One of the key teachings that I was reminded of was "Every experience will have a peak and it will dissolve", this helped remain in the openness of the mind and free our thoughts and emotions. A big thank you to Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche and her team for making those teachings available. May this benefit all.

  • Susan Jackson Weirauch   March 23, 2020

      Medicine Buddha webinar 3/21/20

    Thank you so much for sharing all of that useful information. It was mentioned that participants would receive an email with all of the slides shown during the webinar, as much of the information was presented quickly. Will that email be forthcoming? I would love to review the material. My email address: . Namaste.

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