“As Guru Rinpoche was leaving Tibet for the cannibal island of Ngayab Ling, Yeshé Tsogyal recited this prayer to him. Her last direct prayer is profound and full of the blessings of her longing. Although ultimately Guru Rinpoché and Yeshé Tsogyal have no separation, on a relative historical level, these were her last words uttered with very intense and powerful intention and aspiration. The prayer was revealed as a terma (dharma treasure) by the tertön (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa in fifth century Tibet. All Nyingma practitioners and followers of Guru Rinpoché and Yeshé Tsogyal recite this prayer. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoché recited this prayer at the end of each sadhana session. Prayer is a very important part of our practice. We are trying to accomplish enlightenment in this lifetime. But if we don’t completely reach the result based on our own ability, making prayers of aspiration forms a connection to continue our goal after this lifetime, in the bardo, and throughout future lifetimes – it has that great power. Prayer connects us with the blessings of the deity. Through the accumulation of merit and wisdom by making prayers of aspiration, sooner or later our goals reach fruition.”
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.
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