Advice on What to do Before Beginning Daily Meditation

Before we begin our daily meditation, we should clean our room and prepare our altar by cleaning it and making offerings. If we have no altar, we do not need to worry, we can simply visualize Padmasambhava in front of us.

The seven offering bowls which are offered on the altar symbolize the seven offerings:
🔸Water for drinking,
🔸Water for washing hands and feet,
🔸Flowers for adorning the head or hair,
🔸Incense for smelling to please the nose,
🔸Lamp for seeing to please the eyes,
🔸Perfumed water to sprinkle on the body, to refresh it, and
🔸Food to please the taste.
Music to please the ears can be an eighth offering.

The offerings which we make on the altar are symbolic. In our minds, we offer all pleasant things that we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. We offer the light of the sun and the moon, all fresh flowers, all pleasing smells, all delicious food, and so forth, everything wonderful. Since these offerings are made to the Three Jewels and the Three Roots, who do not have any greed or desire for these offerings, they are made for the benefit of all sentient beings. After we have prepared our room and our altar, we begin our meditation with the common outer practice which is the four thoughts to turn the mind.

These are:
🔸The preciousness of human birth,
🔸 Impermanence and death,
🔸the cause and effect of karma, and
🔸The suffering of saṃsāra.
By meditating on these four thoughts, the mind is subdued and one is led to renounce saṃsāra.

Then we do the extraordinary inner preparation, which is the preliminary practice. Within the Ngondro, there are:
🔸going for refuge,
🔸generating Bodhicitta,
🔸Vajrasattva purification,
🔸maṇḍala offering,
🔸and the prayer of Guru Yoga

Thinley Norbu
Small Golden Key
Translated by Lisa Anderson

Live Stream Group Ngondro Accumulation Webcast

Join Choying Wangmo as she guides you through the
Ngondro Accumulation stages from the Four Thoughts through
Dissolution in a group live stream setting.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:30pm Pacific
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What to bring to the  Live stream Group Accumulation Session:
☀️ Mala

☀️ Dudjom Tersar Concise Ngondro Text
☀️ Accomplishing Mandala Pan
☀️ Prostration board and oven mitts or furniture sliders

Immeasurable Phenomena

Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center Shrine Room

All immeasurable phenomena can be synthesized into the two categories of samsara and enlightenment.

To take the immeasurable phenomena of samsara and enlightenment into the path of enlightenment by sustaining the effortless beginningless openness of dharmadhatu, what is found?

Just as they arise, they do not exist in reality because they are manifestation. Whenever the phenomena of whatever one has, says, or thinks arise, even if one thinks of them for many eons, they are just arising; there is no reality.

Even whenever one sleeps, it is still sustaining in dharmadhatu, because even sleep is the unobstructed state.

Whenever dreams arise, there is no dream, because one is just staying in sole awareness mind. Like a bed, one is there relaxing. In unobstructed space, whatever comes, just as it arises, there is nothing exact, not any reality.

In summary, the outer container of the universe and the inner essence of sentient beings, all states of happiness and suffering, and so on that depend on the interdependent connection between root circumstances and contributing circumstances are rooted in the mind of duality, which creates everything.


Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Shambhala Publications

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