Ngondro Online Retreat with Lama Sonam Tsering and Sam Bercholz

April 4-5 with Sam Bercholz
April 6-12 with Lama Sonam Tsering

The first weekend will feature teachings by Sam Bercholz, senior student of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, who personally authorized him to teach. Sam has called the weekend, Meditation and the Development of Faith: Essential Teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. The weekend will be a combination of teachings from Dungse Rinpoche’s The Cascading Waterfall Of Nectar and also Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s teachings on meditation, The Play of Thought. Sam requests that each participant have a copy of The Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, available at Dharma Treasures. The Play of Thought can be downloaded for free here.

Sam has said, “The Play of Thought by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche is one of the best teachings you can study to help stabilize your mind. It is an important aspect of dharma that sometimes is easily forgotten, especially for Ngondro and Vajrayana practice. It gives a necessary foundation for preliminary practices and advanced practices alike.”

The two days with Sam will also include teachings and practice on Shinay (calm abiding) and Lhakthong (penetrating insight) meditation. Participants will be able to submit questions that Sam will answer during one of the sessions on the second day. Sam is also giving participants the opportunity for a personal interview by Facetime or Zoom for up to one week after the teachings.

The retreat will continue with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, who will teach on “How Ngondro Can Support You in This Difficult Time”. Lama Sonam will give a series of one-hour teachings each day from April 6-12.

To receive the links for streaming, please make your offering through PayPal according to your circumstances. All donations will cover not only the cost of streaming, but will help support the ongoing expenses of Pema Osel Ling. If you are not able to offer at one of the suggested levels, please contact office@vajrayana.org. The links are not currently posted; please mark the URL (web address) of the page PayPal directs you to; we will also send the links to all participants in the days before the event. Thanks for your patience, Vajrayana Foundation

The recorded teachings will be available for at least one month after the conclusion of the weekend, so participants can review or access the teachings at their convenience.

Vajra Armor for the Time of Coronavirus Livestream with Lama Sonam Rinpoche

“To heal and protect, we must practice and say prayers and mantras with faith that comes from the marrow of our bones. This is not only for ourselves, but to help heal and protect our loved ones.

These mantras and prayers work on many levels. In addition to their intrinsic power to protect and heal, having faith in them will decrease our fear and anxiety. Decreasing our fear and anxiety also keeps us healthier, and we can then share our lighter energy with all beings – during and after our practice.” ~ Lama Sonam Rinpoche

March 28th 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
March 29th 10:00 AM

~ Available by Live Stream and Video Recording
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Prayers and Mantras for this Difficult and Frightening Time

Thangtong Gyalpo

Dear Heart Sangha and Friends,

I want to share these prayers and mantras for this difficult and frightening time that the whole world is experiencing.

According to the truth of karma, Coronavirus is a reflection of our group karma and interdependence. The virus is also a symptom of the degenerate times that Padmasambhava predicted. He said that during our present time, all five elements will be out of balance and new diseases will appear. This has obviously come to pass.

To heal and protect, we must practice and say prayers and mantras with faith that comes from the marrow of our bones.This is not only for ourselves, but to help heal and protect our loved ones.

These mantras and prayers work on many levels. In addition to their intrinsic power to protect and heal, having faith in them will decrease our fear and anxiety. Decreasing our fear and anxiety also keeps us healthier, and we can then share our lighter energy with all beings – during and after our practice.

Of course, we must also take external precautions and follow official health guidelines. Until we are fully enlightened beings we are influenced by the relative, material world. However, it is not all or nothing – and as Buddhists we must also believe and have faith in the power of enlightened energy and our own innate Buddha nature, which always has the power to heal and protect.

Here are four simple but powerful prayers and mantras for protection and healing. Download link : ~ https://bit.ly/2J1Tupg

The first is the Vajra Armor mantra. This mantra, with or without visualization, is so powerful that simply saying it out loud with deep faith can help protect and heal ourselves and loved ones we focus on.

The second is a powerful protection mantra from Dudjom Lingpa, which is especially meant for preventing contagious diseases.

The third is a two-line Tara Prayer, that encompasses all Tara Practices and is extremely helpful for everyone, especially in quelling all kinds of fear.

The fourth is a beautiful prayer that HH Dudjom Rinpoche wrote while in America. This Prayer for the People of the Earth truly has great power to protect, and reminds us that we are all connected. These holy words can awaken our profound compassion for all suffering people, which we often bury deep within ourselves, keeping us from our own enlightened, healing nature. 

We can also share this sublime prayer with our loved ones, who may feel moved to recite it themselves. As practitioners, we can visualize Guru Rinpoche, remember our kind lamas and pray from our hearts.

With much love,
Lama Sonam
For the Vajrayana Foundation 

PLUS A BOUNUS: We recited this powerful prayer on Dakini Day:
The Prayer that Freed Sakya from Disease
The Sacred Vajra Speech of Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo
This version was published by Lama Sonam Rinpoche ~ Download link: https://bit.ly/2wwSZRP