This website has been created for the participants of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program of the Vajrayana Foundation in mind, but its focus is for all practitioners of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Preliminary Practices of the ‘New Treasures of Dudjom’, which is the combined collection of termas revealed by Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904) and Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987).
What is Ngöndro and why will you benefit?
Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said in the introduction of his book “A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar” ~ As an example of the importance of the preliminary practices [ngondro], if someone wants to build a special house or temple, the most important part of the construction is the foundation in order for the building to be stable.
Similarly, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche taught, “Ngondro is called a preliminary practice because it lays a foundation for the two main stages of Vajrayana practice: the creation stage and the completion stage. Since it contains all paths to the realization of enlightenment, every effort should be made to complete the ngondro in order to fully cultivate and realize its profound benefits.”
Ngondro is the gateway to the advanced practices of dzogchen, as well. The lamas of the Vajrayana Foundation have required students to finish their ngondro in order to participate in rushen (a secret practice that comprises the dzogchen preliminaries), the annual trekchod (Cutting Through Solidity) teachings, and in other advanced practices at Pema Osel Ling, the retreat center of the Vajrayana Foundation.
Photo source: Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo