Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro – Module 2, Purifying the Mind
Mondays, Apr 24 – Jun 12
5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern
Purifying the Mind (Module 2) focuses on cleansing karma. This features one of the most important practices of Buddhist tantra – the Vajrasattva Meditation. This meditation is used for clearing unprocessed experiences and past misdeeds and making amends for wrong doing. Vajrasattva is a transformative process of inner change and interpersonal healing. Vajrasattva mantras and meditation are introduced and instructed by Pema Khandro followed by weekly Monday night ngondro practices led by Tsalgyur.
Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional and philosophical components which are keys to the practice of liberation. It is the basis for all Vajrayana practice and thus it is used as a the pre-requisite for the great practices of the Vajrayana tradition. However, ngondro itself is a beloved meditation series for its own sake. It is often practiced many times throughout a life cycle by great yogis of the Nyingma tradition such as Patrul Rinpoche (eighteenth century).
Without proper instruction ngondro can be incredibly complex and difficult. This course offers a simple, thorough, direct and supported experience of ngondro – making the heart essence of Vajrayana accessible for serious practitioners.
Chod is the profound method of psychological transformation in esoteric Buddhism. Chod means cutting, referring to cutting through fictions to authentic presence.
The 2023 Chod retreat is a profound occasion of the sangha gathering for the first in person retreat since the pandemic at the glorious land of Dakini Mountain in the scenic Tahoe National Forest of Northern California. We will also celebrate Saga Dawa, the birthday and enlightenment day of the Buddha together in person with spiritual community!