“The most Profound and Highest Practice is Ngondro” ~ Chakhung Wangdrak Rinpoche

” His Holiness talks about how impertinent that every accomplishment we have in the dzogpa chenpo and the meaning of the nature of that teaching to penetrate our midstream depends on our ngondro and our preliminary practices…

Other people take the most ‘advanced esoteric’ practice as the supreme and highest practice and give less importance in the ngondro. But for me the most profound and highest practice is ngondro.

And the reason why, dzogpa chenpo practice is dependent entirely on our success and the same of any of the higher practices, it depends on how strong we lay the foundation of our ngondro. When we practice we should understand that and understand where to place our energy and focus on ngondro practice…I just want you to remember to please keep up your practice,  particularly your ngondro accumulation.” 

Chakung Wangdrak Rinpoche
Mountain Retreat
Pema Osel Ling

Chakung Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the
Abhaya Fellowship  El Cerrito, CA

You are warmly invited to attend in person
(non-residential) or online.

with Chakung Wangdrak Rinpoche
MARCH 31 TO APRIL 2, 2023

Vajrayana Foundation’s 2023 Annual Ngondro Retreat
at Pema Osel Ling and Livestream begins on April 1st ~ 9th

April 1st and 2nd ~ Sam Bercholtz on Awakening Body, Speech, and Mind. April 3rd, Tulku Thadral Rinpoche will give the Refuge Vow, Bodhisattva Vows, and the Oral Reading Transmission for the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro and Dudjom Lingpa Troma Nakmo Ngondro. 

The Retreat continues through the 9th with Teachings and Questions & Answers from Tulku Thadral Rinpoche, Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, Amy Green, and Ivan Bercholtz with Ngondro Practice and Accumulation Sessions with Choying Wangmo and Stefan Graves. Arrangements can be made for your personal Ngondro Accumulation Sessions.

To learn more, visit the Vajrayana Foundation website.


Sam Bercholz on Guru Yoga and A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar


“Guru Yoga practice is the swift path to directly receiving the blessings of all Buddhas, who are contained in the body of the Guru.”
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar by Thinley Norbu

March 2014 Teachings  available at Dharma Treasures



🏵 April 9th is Medicine Buddha Day and the First Day of the 2022 Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Retreat 🏵

April 9th is Medicine Buddha Day and marks the first day
of the Vajrayana Foundation 2022 Annual Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Retreat which runs from April 9th-17th
onsite at the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center AND YouTube Livestream. 

⬇️ Schedule of the day April 9th  ⬇️

8:00 ~ 9:30am Ngondro Practice and Shower of Blessings Tsog

10:30 am ~ 12:30 pm  and 2:30 ~ 4:30
Understanding the Student ~ Teacher Reltionship
Lectures with Acharya Sam Bersholtz

6:00 ~ 8:00 pm Ngondro Accumulation Session
with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin

Register for Onsite or Online


We’ll see you there!
Your Ngondro Support Team
Choying Wangmo, Stefan and Sonam