October 19th 5pm – 7pm
Pema Osel Ling Monthly Livestream Ngondro Series
Receive the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Oral Reading Transmission also known as Lung from Tulku Thadral Rinpoche. Rinpoche will also give a ngondro teaching on the Transference of Consciousness (Phowa), the Generosity of Giving One’s Body (Chod) and the Dedication of Merit. There will be a short Questions and Answers as time allows.
October 22nd 11am
Questions and Answers with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche
If you are in the Vajrayana Foundation Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program, you are invited to this personal Questions and Answers Livestream Session with Tulku Thadral Rinpcohe. Come prepared with your questions for this 1.5 hour live session. Not in the Ngondro Program, see below: Learn about the Vajrayana Foundation Ngondro Program.
October 29th 9am
Group Ngondro Accumulation with Drupon Pema RIgdzin,
Choying Wangmo,OR Stefan Graves.
Join other Ngondro Program Participants in a focused Ngondro Practice Accumulation Session beginning with the Four Thoughts to the Dedication. of Merit. Bring all you need to stay on track and focused: text, mala, prostration board and mitts, mandala pan, counter and water.
We have been wandering in delusion in samsara since beginningless time, like being trapped in a dream. The dharma is the method that the Buddha taught to wake us up from this dream. For that purpose he taught the 84,000 teachings of the dharma for beings of lesser and medium capacities, and the 6,400,000 tantras for disciples of the highest faculties. They all have one purpose, to tame the five passions of desire, anger, ignorance, jealousy, and pride in each individual being’s mindstream. The teachings are extremely vast, but the condensed essence of all of them, the pith instruction that encompasses all spiritual traditions, is Ngondro.
All Buddhist and non-Buddhist spiritual traditions see samsara as not a good place to remain and seek to end suffering according to their own capacities and methods. The outer preliminary practices are the four ways to turn the mind to dharma and away from samsara (four thoughts).
The inner preliminary practices begin with going for refuge, the foundation of the path of liberation from Hinayana through Vajrayana. The essence of the path from Mahayana through Vajrayana is to arouse in the mind the thought of supreme enlightenment, Bodhicitta.
In order to attain enlightenment we need to perfect the two accumulations, and mandala offering is the method to quickly accomplish this. The outer mandala offering is the billionfold universe, the inner mandala offering is one’s own body, enjoyable possessions, and accumulations of virtue, and the secret mandala offering is the Dharmadhatu Clear Light Vajra Essence Buddhafield. Actually, everybody needs to accumulate merit, it is not just for those who want to attain Buddhahood. It is the foundation of all worldly happiness, and it gathers the favorable circumstances for attaining enlightenment.
In order to purify unfavorable circumstances we do Vajrasattva meditation. It is a complete tantric practice that includes shamatha and vipassana according to the Vajrayana tradition of the two stages of creation and completion.
Guru yoga is the heart of all practices in the Great Perfection tradition which is the essence of all dharmas and spiritual paths.
Ngondro also includes Phowa, a Great Perfection teaching for swiftly transforming consciousness at the moment of death, even if one dies before being able to accomplish the creation and completion stage practices.
Chod is the practice of severing all types of clinging such as the four maras which create obstacles to samadhi, wisdom, accomplishing meditation practice in this life, and attaining Buddhahood.
As Dudjom Rinpoche said, “This profound revealed treasure, this preliminary practice arranged here, is the noble path which leads swiftly and easily to the level of the union of the Four Kayas. It is a chariot, perfectly clear and easily entered, that is brought up here. All fortunate ones, enter now with joy!”
Written by Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Translated by Cyril Kassoff – March 2015