” 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.”
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.
Choying Wangmo begins with clearing the mind with a one minute guided meditation and smoothly transitions to the 9 breaths clearing before beginning the Ngondro Accumulation and ends with a reading from The Hundred Verses of Advice. Register here.
During this Zoom livestream Session, you will be able to ask your questions directly to Rinpoche or submit your question in the Chat Box. Cy Kassoff will be translating. Limited seating register soon. Register here.
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.
To receive the links for streaming, please make your offering through PayPal according to your circumstances. All donations will cover not only the cost of streaming, but will help support the ongoing expenses of Pema Osel Ling. If you are not able to offer at one of the suggested levels, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The links are not currently posted; please mark the URL (web address) of the page PayPal directs you to; we will also send the links to all participants in the days before the event. Thanks for your patience, Vajrayana Foundation
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.
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