Annual Ngondro Retreat Live Stream Begins @ 10:15 Today

Sam Bercholz

April 13 – 14

Teachings on The Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, with Sam Bercholz

April 15 – 21

Teachings and Guided Practice of the Dudjom Tersar Preliminary Practices, with Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Amy Green and Frederico Trancoso.

We are happy to let you know that we are now able to Live Stream from our Shrine Room! We have set up a YouTube Channel and welcome everyone to sign up with a minimal charge to cover equipment costs and help support the retreat.

You may join the Cascading Waterfall teachings with Sam Bercholz 10:15 am and 2:45 pm Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.
We will also be streaming the Ngondro teachings with Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Amy Green and Frederico Trancoso April 15-21.

Click here for full schedule.

Other teachings consider the main practice profound, but here it is the preliminary practices that we consider profound.” ~ Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche


NEWS update …

 2013 Ngondro Retreat with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche photo credit: Jeremy E Spino


The Ngondro Accumulation Webcast has been rescheduled for next week,
Tuesday, February 27th @ 5:30PM pst.
Get well Regina!

We have good news! 

Tulku Thadral Rinpoche is here at Pema Osel Ling and will give teachings on
Guru Yoga for our next teaching webcast, Saturday, March 10th @ 2PM pst.
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive teachings from this great master and ask questions.

2018 Annual Ngondro Retreat
March 24th – April 1st

March 24-25: “Leap into the Waterfall: The Joy of Natural Discipline”
with Sam Bercholz

March 26-April 1: Teachings & Practice of the Dudjom Tersar Preliminary Practices with Amy Green and Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche

This Ngondro Retreat, March 24-April 1, 2018, will be a multi-faceted intensive retreat for those wishing to start, resume or accomplish Ngondro. Sam Bercholz, senior student of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and author of the book, A Guided Tour of Hell, A Graphic Memoir, will offer teachings based on Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s Cascading Waterfall of Nectar.

Retreat Information and Registration:

Remember, as Ngondro Participants to the
Vajrayana Foundation Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program,
you receive at 10% discount on the retreat fees.
(Lodging and meals are not included.)




A Guided Tour of Hell

Take a trip through the realms of hell with a man whose temporary visitor’s pass gave him a horrifying—and enlightening—preview of its torments.

This true account of Sam Bercholz’s near-death experience has more in common with Dante’s Inferno than it does with any of the popular feel-good stories of what happens when we die. In the aftermath of heart surgery, Sam, a longtime Buddhist practitioner and teacher, is surprised to find himself in the lowest realms of karmic rebirth, where he is sent to gain insight into human suffering. Under the guidance of a luminous being, Sam’s encounters with a series of hell-beings trapped in repetitious rounds of misery and delusion reveal to him how an individual’s own habits of fiery hatred and icy disdain, of grasping desire and nihilistic ennui, are the source of horrific agonies that pound consciousness for seemingly endless cycles of time. Comforted by the compassion of a winged goddess and sustained by the kindness of his Buddhist teachers, Sam eventually emerges from his ordeal with renewed faith that even the worst hell contains the seed of wakefulness. His story is offered, along with the modernist illustrations of a master of Tibetan sacred arts, in order to share what can be learned about awakening from our own self-created hells and helping others to find relief and liberation from theirs. Purchase Sam’s book from Dharma Treasures.



Sam Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of Shambhala Publications.  He has been a close disciple of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was empowered by them to teach.  He has taught extensively in North America, Europe, and Australasia.  He was particularly empowered by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche to teach from A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar.
Mp3 Ngondro Teachings by Sam are available at Dharma Treasures.

Sam is scheduled to give lectures at the Annual
Vajrayana Foundation Ngondro Retreat
March 25 – April 3, 2017
Led by Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Sam Bercholtz and Ivan Bercholz

More information to follow, please sign up for email updates!