Why Establish A Strong Foundation?

The Dudjom Tersar Lineage includes both Dudjom Lingpa’s and His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s cycles of teachings. The Dudjom Tersar Ngondro is the foundation practice for both the Dudjom Tersar Lineage and the entire vajrayna Buddhist path.

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Lama Tharchin Rinpoche with Wangdrak Dorje Aro Jung-né 1996 South Wales

Establishing a strong foundation is the only way to create something which will ultimately produce a lasting result.  When building a house, the foundation is not only the beginning, but also the most important part of the finished building. When you are initially introduced to dharma, you may feel enthusiastic and inspired.  However this feeling may only be temporary since by nature our emotions and feelings are constantly shifting and unstable. Without a strong foundation, when fluctuations occur, dharma may temporarily appear irrelevant or unimportant. You may want to give up, while in actuality dharma is the only thing that can ultimately help. Not establishing a strong foundation is like building a house on a frozen lake that is sure to melt in the spring. That is why Ngondro is so extraordinarily important.

~ Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
A Commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

The Significance of Ngondro

Guru Yoga


According to the vajrayana view, Guru Yoga is the quintessential practice for attaining liberation. All buddhas became enlightened by following their teacher’s precious instructions. So the Guru is considered even more important than the buddha because without the Guru there is no way to achieve buddhahood. When the Guru’s instructions have penetrated the student’s heart, this is the same as finding a precious wish-fulfilling jewel in your hand. Someone who has received the Guru’s mind transmission has no choice but to attain enlightenment, just as someone falling down a steep mountain totally our of control, has no choice but to fall all the way to the bottom.

The Commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
The Preliminary Practice of the New Teasure of Dudjom
by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

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