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.

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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.

Welcome back Lama Sonam Rinpoche to the LIVESTREAM Ngondro Webcast Teaching Thursday, OCT 24th @ 5pm PACIFIC

Lama Sonam Rinpoche sends “Tashi Delek” and love to all from the Guru Rinpoche statue at the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, California

Join us Thursday, October 24th @ 5: 00 pm PACIFIC
as we welcome back
Lama Sonam Rinpoche from his pilgrimage.

This is a last-minute change from the scheduled Mandala Offering: Dodging Squirrels on the Path to Enlightenment with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin, which will be rescheduled for another time.

Lama Sonam Rinpoche will give teachings and advice for our practice. Questions are welcome.

NOTE: Our area here in the Santa Cruz Mountains is affected by the “no power California” which means that our power may be turned off tonight, but we will be running on a generator. In the event that we get knocked off during the webcast, please do not disconnect. The Zoom platform will resume our connection.

This webcast is only open to the participants of the
Vajrayana Foundation Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program
(a web based program)
Watch your email for the login information and see you tomorrow!

November 13th @ 5:30 PM Pacific
Live stream webcast Group Ngondro Accumulation
with Choying Wangmo

Accumulating the Seven Line Prayer

Lama Sonam Rinpoche talks about the benefits
of Accumulating the Seven Line Prayer.