VAJRAYANA FOUNDATION has created this website primarily to support Dudjom Tersar Ngondro practitioners with live webcasts, video teachings, texts, sound files, and a personal advisor. The Ngondro Program was created by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Rinpoche, who is currently the spiritual advisor of the Vajrayana Foundation.
This website is dedicated to providing resources and education for anyone interested in the foundational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, specifically focused on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro. We invite you to explore, and learn more about Ngondro practice. We hope you will become a member of the Ngondro Program and make use of this opportunity to further you spiritual practice.
What is Ngondro and why will you benefit?
The Dudjom Tersar Ngondro is a concise preliminary practice and the entrance to the path of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. The original text is a treasure terma discovered by the great Nyingma Treasure revealer Dudjom Lingpa Dorje Lodro Tsal (1835- 1904) and was clarified into its concise form by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904-1987).
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.