Through the Buddhist Studies Institute, Pema Khandro has made your successful practice her top priority. And perhaps the most seminal of the practices of Tibetan Buddhism is the Ngondro (pronounced “none dro”) which literally translates as “Before Going.”
Completing the Ngondro is required before one goes on to advanced practices that the Vajrayana tradition is known for, such as Yidam, Tsa Lung, and Dzogchen meditations.
More importantly, Ngondro provides a firm basis for living the meaning of Buddhist practice by training the body, speech and mind in the vast view. It provides an immersion into the core techniques of Buddhist tantra. It is said that the great master Patrul Rinpoche received and completed the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro twenty-five times.
Although many aspire to complete the Ngondro, large numbers have not. Ngondro is known for being difficult to do. Often people think of completing the Ngondro “some day” when they carve out time for an extended retreat or when their family or business responsibilities are at their nadir. You don’t have to wait. It is not helpful or necessary to consider Ngondro as too difficult – something that someone else does but not you.
Pema Khandro and the Buddhist Studies Institute are focused on making the key elements of advanced practice attainable for everyday people who live ordinary lives in modern society, busy people who have jobs and families.
How can we make advanced practices available to “ordinary” people? How is this done? One of the key elements of accomplishing this is through accessible education. Many times possibilities are not known or understood due to lack of exposure and knowledge.
We are not in favor of the idea of missing out on our ability to practice Buddhism through lack of access to education. Hence, you are invited to Ngondro Training where you can learn and be supported in accomplishment of the Ngondro, a vital and wonderful accomplishment for any practitioner.
The Ngondro is a highly effective practice. It’s an education that teaches you the attitudes, mindset and ways of a successful practitioner.
The practices of Ngondro and Buddhism in general are designed to alleviate and counteract the ways that society unconsciously trains us to fail in being happy and loving. Instead these time honored practices help us to be more and more free of suffering, the original goal as stated by the Buddha.
The Ngondro Training begins next week, August 21st. This training is designed with busy people in mind and if you cannot attend a segment of the training live, you will have access to the recording so you can view at a time that fits your schedule. You will receive plenty of support for your practice in between the times of the class modules.
This Ngondro training focuses on the The Heart of the Vast Expanse Ngondro revealed by the brilliant eighteenth century Buddhist yogi, Jigme Lingpa, poet, leader, historian, and treasure revealer, whose texts are based on the quintessential Longchenpa teachings.
Module 4: Intrinsic Wisdom Receiving the Four Empowerments Merging into Buddhahood
If this sounds like the training you are interested in, find out more and register here:
Join us for this special online retreat led by Buddhist scholar and teacher, Dr. Pema Khandro. She will lead the study of and practice of the ngal gso skor gsum, Longchenpa’s trilogy on Finding Comfort and Ease, a classic text of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which has been presented section by section annually for eight years at the Buddhist Studies Institute.