Dakini Mountain

Where intrinsic wisdom is found

Other examples of the Buddha’s words include the melodious sound of teachings issuing from mountains, trees, birds, lotuses, drums, and so forth. The Explanatory Essays states: Through the blessings of the Buddha, teachings came even from birds, pieces of wood, pebbles, lotuses, wish-granting trees, and powerful drums. Because they arose from the blessings of the Victorious One, these teachings are held to be ‘the Buddha’s words.'”

– Longchenpa, From the Treasury of Philosophical Systems

What does Dakini Mountain mean?

Dakini is the principle of enlightened energy in the phenomenal world.

It is the beauty of the natural elements which evoke joy, clarity, dignity, fearlessness, and peace.  Dakini energy appears as the fundamental goodness of the five wisdoms underlying our own emotions. It also appears as the natural wisdom in our environment.

The Dakini is also the initiatory principle in Tibetan Buddhism.
It represents enlightenment being revealed in the least expected forms. As such, it is the ultimate affirmation of the buddha-nature in every person.

Dakini has other meanings as well.

The Dakini is associated with feminine enlightened wisdom. We are in the time when gender inclusivity is achieving unprecedented manifestations in Buddhism, with more women involved in every level of training and leadership. After many thousands of years of patriarchal cultures all over the world relegating women to secondary, subordinated status, a new era is dawning.

Dakini Mountain is devoted to expressing Buddhism in its highest potential, as an affirmation of the dignity of all beings. This is the Dakini principle at its heights – the affirmation of the intrinsic goodness of all beings is being ‘hoisted as a flag, ’ that awakens us all to our natural wisdom.

Read more stories about the Dakini Principle by Pema Khandro

Where is Dakini Mountain?

Far away from the clutter and pollution of the city, away from Wi-Fi and cell towers, Dakini Mountain presents overwhelming beauty as far as the eye can see.

Yet, an important feature of Dakini Mountain is its accessibility.  Dakini Mountain is just a twenty minute drive from Nevada City, California and less than ninety minutes from Sacramento, California or Reno, Nevada. It is off the grid. It has a beautiful lodge powered by solar electricity. It has abundant water from a crystal clear spring, a sixty-gallon per minute well, and a pond with island and dock. It has an outdoor kitchen and a majestic, large park-like lawn for outdoor events. There is a rustic board and batten barn which will be converted to an event space. There is a ropes course and access to endless hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and nordic trails. It is only thirty minutes to world-class skiing at Lake Tahoe, one of the highest rated skiing destinations in the United States.  The beauty and wonder of Dakini Mountain makes it a destination site for retreat and for nature lovers.

About Dakini Mountain

Dakini Mountain is based on the practical wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism’s tradition of yogis.
The purpose of Dakini Mountain is to offer you experiences of deep relaxation and meditation for tuning into inner wisdom.

Dakini Mountain is a place to journey into the experience of nature’s raw beauty, to have experiences of bliss and well-being in one’s body and mind.

Dakini Mountain is a Buddhist retreat center devoted to gender equality and inclusivity.

Dakini Mountain offers:

  • Tibetan Buddhist retreats
  • Events with Pema Khandro and guest Lamas
  • Meditation retreats
  • Bliss Yoga retreats
  • Body-mind Rejuvenation Courses
  • Healing and Detoxification Spa
  • Traditional Ayurvedic Cleansing (Panchakarma)
  • Sustainable living and permaculture
  • Training in the life-affirming energy of all aspects of the Buddhist Yogi’s lifestyle
  • Retreat space for Spiritual retreats for all denominations and religions, Women’s retreats, LGBTQIA Retreats, Men’s Retreats, Diversity retreats, People of Color Retreats and more

Please Support Dakini Mountain

Fundraising now in progress!

Fundraising for Phase 2 of building Dakini Mountain is in progress.  It includes:

$100,000 – Solar System Upgrade.  Dakini Mountain is completely off the grid.  Doubling the capacity of the current system is needed for hosting larger groups.

$15,000 – Fire Clearing.  Northern California is a very high fire risk zone.  Brush clearing must be extensive and maintained to protect all structures.

$40,000 – Government Use Permits.  Local government laws and ordinances require a comprehensive permitting process.

$36,600 – Annual Insurance, Property Tax, and Propane Fees.

$6000 – 2019 Lodge and Facilities Upgrades.

$79,600 – Guest Cabin for teachers to come lead events including Pema Khandro Rinpoche, guest Lamas, other teachers and guests.

$7,500 – Installation of Vajrayogini statue and shrine to celebrate the feminine in Buddhism and foster the ideals of gender equality, harmony and compassion.

$69,000 – Other infrastructure expenses for 2019-2020 classes and retreats including website development and hosting, online meeting costs, accounting, printing, and other insurance needs.

Will you help make this project possible?

You can help by donating at


Or you can mail a check to:
Ngakpa International
PO Box 2396
Nevada City, California 95959

Ngakpa International is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization.

The Mission of Ngakpa International:

Ngakpa International is an international association of Buddhist Yogis founded by Tibetan Buddhist teacher, scholar, and humanitarian, Pema Khandro.

The vibrant community of Buddhist Yogis trains in the philosophy and practices of Tibetan Buddhist Yogis, the non-celibate, life-embracing path of Tibetan Buddhism – where deep spiritual work is balanced with family, work and community.

The emphasis of the Buddhist Yogi’s practice is direct experiences of wakefulness and ease and the practical application of Buddhist wisdom in today’s context, integrating Buddhism wisdom with a dynamic, modern life.

Ngakpa International emphasizes nourishing body-mind vitality through natural medicine – embracing Buddhist wisdom as applied and embodied.

Ngakpa International is dedicated to providing accessible, in-depth Buddhist education for students, teachers, and leaders.

Learn more at Ngakpa International

Pema Khandro Rinpoche and the White Tara Painting donated for the Dakini Mountain Fundraiser by Thangka Artist Rindzin Prema.

You can learn more about Pema Khandro at www.pemakhandro.org