Last week, we posted Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s audio file of this teaching, “The Significance of Ngondro and the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind.“
Today, we want to share a Vimeo transmission. Enjoy this teaching on video.
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche gives an introduction to Ngöndro (the preliminary practices of the Vajrayana) and an explanation of the four thoughts that turn the mind towards the dharma. Rinpoche began this teaching as part of an extended series on Ngöndro, but due to health problems, was able to give only this single teaching from 2007. Rinpoche continued teaching on the concise Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro in 2008 with Heart Teachings Series 19: Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, DVD $15
While doing Guru Yoga practice, visualize yourself as the Wisdom Dakini, Vajrayogini. (The commentary continues with descriptions of the visualization, which has been omitted here, please refer to the commentary.) Inseparable from each other, Vajrayogini symbolizes wisdom and Guru Rinpoche symbolizes skillful means.
We visualize ourselves as Vajrayogini for three reasons. First, this solid and gross corporeal body is an impure vessel for receiving empowerments and blessings. Through visualization, we are creating a pure container free of obscurations, necessary for receiving the Guru’s mind transmission. Secondly, we visualize ourselves as Vajrayogini in order to gain the realization of expanding emptiness and great bliss as inseparable from realized wisdom. Thirdly is the auspicious magnetizing and interdependent connection between male and female. Feminine wisdom energy magnetizes Guru Rinpoche’s display of skillful means through his blessings and empowerments. This transcends dualistic concepts such male and female because there actually is no separation between skillful means represented y the masculine and wisdom represented by the feminine.
Your faith magnetizes the blessings of Guru Rinpoche’s pure wisdom and compassion toward you. It is the opening and softening of the heart. Without faith, your heart can be closed and hard like stone. If your mind is open and devotional, you can receive the Guru’s blessings like rain falling onto the soft ground. Rain never chooses where it will fall, yet wherever it touches receptive ground, it is absorbed. However, not even one drop will penetrate stone. Everything grows from the earth, but nothing grows from rock. The same is true of out mind. Qualities grow from a mind that is soft like the earth, but will never grow from a mind that is hard and impenetrable like stone. With devotion, Guru Rinpoche’s blessings will dissolve directly into your heart, like the rain into the earth. All qualities of wisdom will grow from this mixing of the Guru’s mind with your own mind.
To be continued ~~~> July 1st.
Tibetan language with English translation by Cy Kassoff
This is the final piece of Lama Sonam Rinpoche’s presentation of the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro. Included here is a discussion of the guru yoga section in three parts: guru yoga, the phowa transference, chod offering, and dedication of merit. A note about the guru yoga to clarify the order of practice: Lama Sonam Rinpoche is referring throughout to the slightly longer SaTer Ngondro upon which the Concise Ngondro is based. The SaTer text is arranged a little different in that the Mandala offering precedes the Vajrasattva recitation and the guru yoga section is expanded with more extensive supplication. Traditionally prostrations are performed with the supplication to the guru in the SaTer practice and with Refuge and Bodhicitta in the Concise version. Otherwise the specific instruction for prostrations are the same.