The Bodhisattva Peace Institute offers a variety of programs for training and taming the mind through the cultivation of bodhicitta, the awakened mind, based on the teachings of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

introductory options

  • The Bodhisattva Peace Training

    The Bodhisattva Peace Training (BPT) is a three-day retreat offered twice a year at Iron Knot Ranch, or upon request at other venues around the country. Participants cultivate "good heart" and the qualities of awakened mind. Click here for upcoming BPTs.

  • Change of Heart

    The book Change of Heart: The Bodhisattva Peace Training of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche is a compilation of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's Bodhisattva Peace Trainings, with extended meditations at the end of each chapter. These meditations can be practiced sequentially, alone or in a group. For information on virtual, or in-person Change of Heart meditation groups contact

  • the iron knot institute

    With roots in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, The Iron Knot Institute offers a secular ethical framework for community conversations, personal and group meditation through a concise introduction to contemplative meditation. See Conspiracy to Create Virtue (CCV). More extensive training is available upon request. For more information contact

Immersion retreat series

This program consists of nine sequential eight-day retreats for those who have attended a Bodhisattva Peace Training and are interested in further exploring and developing bodhicitta, the awakened mind. 

  • Change of Heart Immersion and Immersion I & II

    • In these introductory retreats, we learn methods for giving rise to bodhicitta in our formal practice and in our daily lives.

  • Immersions III through V

    • We immerse in the practice of bodhicitta by relying on foundational Mahayana Buddhist texts.

  • Immersion VI through VIII

    • We further deepen our practice of relative and ultimate bodhicitta through reliance on classic Mahayana Buddhist texts.

Click here for upcoming Immersion Retreats.

BPI trainings are offered by Lama Shenpen Drolma, resident lama of Iron Knot Ranch, who works with each student to make possible a thorough integration of teachings and practice within each student's life circumstances.

For further information, contact The Bodhisattva Peace Institute at Iron Knot Ranch (


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