I just wanted to write to the lamas and everyone to let you all know that I have had a really good experience with the practice of reciting the Seven Line Supplication to Guru Rinpoche 11,000 times and thank Lama Sonam for the requirement.
I have been struggling to complete my Ngondro since 2009. I had switched to the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro in the hopes that it would be easier to complete in 2019 but still struggled. Even in 2009 I truly wanted to complete my Ngondro, I had done every thing I could to address the issues I had with keeping a consistent practice.
Last year I went to the Ngondro retreat and Lama Sonam required 11,000 seven line supplications as a way to clear obstacles to meditation practice and something just clicked. I did struggle to practice daily, but I got to about 5000 recitations before the start of the 2023 Ngondro retreat. But something happened to me when I spoke to my meditation instructor and just practiced diligently and completed the last 6000 before and during the retreat! I finished a few days before the end!
Knock on wood, but I can say that my practice definitely improved. Before the 11,000 my practice could fall into lulls, but the big thing was that I struggled to do more than one reading of the Ngondro a day even with how short it is. Now I take time to touch in with the practice even when I have some down time, and in the past few weeks I have done Ngondro practice at least twice a day and for accumulations. That is what is telling me that something has definitely changed. With that said, I certainly ask if you all could pray for the steady progress in my practice so I don’t jinx myself with sharing the good news. 🤞
For some reason something just clicked when I heard about that practice and it worked. I do think it took some natural seasoning to create a feeling of personal connection to Guru Rinpoche, but I truly wish I had been instructed to do this practice when I started Ngondro years ago. It was very sad and troubling and discouraging for me to struggle with meeting aspiration and intention with action. I feel so bolstered and I would like to accumulate a total of 110,000. And that seems very possible for me 😁.
With that said, to support my practice, I read Sole Panacea and Mipham Rinpoche’s White Lotus. Does the Shower of Blessings Sadhana need a transmission of any sort to begin practicing? Please advise.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel I am now developing more as a practitioner. It has been an important vision of mine and it feels so good to see it being realized. Thank you all sooo very much 🙂
All the best,