Virtual Ngondro Retreat “Meditation and the Development of Faith”

Sam Bercholz, April 4-5
Lama Sonam Rinpoche, April 6-12

Please join the sangha for the annual Ngondro Retreat, which we will host this year by live streaming.

This weekend, April 4th & 5th, Sam Bercholz, senior student of many of the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya lineage holders, including root lamas Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, will teach on “Meditation and the Development of Faith: Essential Teachings” extrapolating from two texts The Play of Thought by H.H. Kyabje Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche and A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar – a true masterpiece by Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

Sam has said, “The Play of Thoughts” by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche is one of the best teachings you can study to help stabilize your mind”. 
Download for free here.]

With his unusual wit and depth of understanding, Sam will weave in teachings and lead practice on Shinay (calm abiding) and Lhakthong (penetrating insight) meditation, and answer individual questions. 

Sam is also giving participants the opportunity
for a personal interview by Facetime or Zoom
for up to one week after the teachings.

Teachings will continue April 6-12 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche teaching on “How Ngondro Can Support You in This Difficult Time”
Find out details here.

You may watch in real time or view video recordings, which will be available for at least one month for your convenience. We will try to make it possible for everyone who wants to join these sessions to do so.

With the love and support of your Pema Osel Ling sangha,
Becky Loy and Nancy Menzies

The Best Buddhist Practitioner

Faith opens the door to the Dharma. Diligence forms their central pillar. Practice is their final conclusion. Who gathers these three is the best Buddhist practitioner. This is old man Dudjom’s foolish advice.

Wisdom Nectar ~ Dudjom Rinpoche’s Heart Advice translated by Ron Garry ~ Shambhala Publications

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 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.