Lama Shenpen provides a seamless bridge between the philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism and the contemporary challenges of doing social change, advocacy, peace, and justice work.
— Amanda McCormick

The Bodhisattva Peace Institute offers trainings for those who wish to effect positive change in their lives and the lives of others. The trainings make accessible to people of all religions and walks of life the profound methods of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition for awakening wisdom and compassion. 

Through the Bodhisattva Peace Institute, (BPI) Lama Shenpen offers a variety of learning and practice opportunities that teach potent, nondenominational methods for the cultivation of good heart along with the means for sustaining compassion in the face of adversity.  Originally developed under the guidance of her teacher Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, the training relies on the depth and authenticity of an unbroken lineage of skillful means dating back over two millennia to the very heart of Buddhist insight and wisdom.

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

A bodhisattva is one who’s committed to uprooting suffering and establishing the unceasing welfare and ultimate awakening of every living being. By cultivating our inherent qualities of love and compassion, we can give rise to bodhicitta — the awakened mind of wisdom and compassion and source of all positive qualities. This enhances the effectiveness and depth of our efforts to benefit others.

The BPI offers weekend Bodhisattva Peace Trainings at the Bodhisattva Peace Institute Headquarters at Iron Knot Ranch in southern New Mexico as well as other venues across the U.S. upon request. Also offered is a series of nine week-long Bodhicitta Immersion Retreats, monthly conference-call support, weekly and bi-weekly in-person and virtual practice groups, and other forms of peer support.

Visit our event calendar for upcoming Bodhisattva Peace Trainings.

Through this work, may the aspiration of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche be fulfilled: that the light of wisdom and compassion radiate outwards, like one candle illuminating the next, until the entire world is filled with light.

For the power of peace to touch every person, community and nation on this earth, it must radiate out from the profound peace within our own minds.
— H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche