​​Longchen Nyingtik Preliminary Practices

Based on The Words of My Perfect Teacher

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday 9:30 am ~ 12 pm


The Longchen Nyingthig Preliminary Practices (ngondro) are the introductory practices to one of the most well-known lineages in the Nyingma tradition, the Longchen Nyingthig. This liturgy was arranged by Jigme Trinle Ozer, the main disciple of the Terton who revealed these teachings, Jigme Lingpa. Most of the material contained in the liturgy comes from the Longchen Nyingthig itself and from the Nyingthig Yabshi, the famous Dzogchen teachings compiled by the omniscient Longchenpa. Numerous commentaries have been written on these preliminary practices, most notably Patrul Rinpoche's The Words of My Perfect Teacher.

The text used in this class is The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Kunzang Lame Shyalung) that was composed by the great Nyingma master, Patrul Rinpoche. The work is an explanation of the Longchen Nyingtik ngondro, the preliminary practices from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings, discovered by Jigme Lingpa. This famous commentary is a completely faithful written record of the oral teachings Patrul Rinpoche received directly from his teacher, Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu.


Anyone who is serious about integrating Buddha Dharma into daily life through systematic learning, contemplating, and meditating The outline of the preliminary practices are as follows:


​The Common or Outer Preliminaries

        1. The difficulty of finding the freedoms and advantages

        2. The impermanence of life

        3. The defect of samsara

        4. The principle of cause and effect


The Uncommon or Inner Preliminaries

         1. Taking Refuge, foundation stone of all paths

         2. Arousing bodhicitta: the root of the Great Vehicle

         3. Meditating and reciting on the teacher as Vajrasattva to cleanse all obscurations

         4. Offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom

         5. The Kusali's accumulations: destroying the four demons at a single stroke

         6. Guru Yoga, entrance-way for blessings, the ultimate method for arousing the wisdom of realization





Meditation Practice based on the Pith Instructions of the Six Bardos Teaching

Based on The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday 2~5 pm


The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States (Bardo Thodol) is part of a larger terma (hidden treasure) cycle, "The Profound Dharma of the Natural Liberation Through Contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones" (zab-chos zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol), also known as kar-gling zhi-khro popularly known as "Karma Lingpa's Peaceful and Wrathful Ones."  The terma was dictated by Padmasambhava to his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal for transcription and then concealed as an earth treatsure in a cave on Gampo Dar Mountain in central Tibet in the 8th century. It wasn't discovered until the 14th century by the 15-year-old terton (treasure revealer), Karma Lingpa . 

The Pith Instructions of the Six Bardos Teaching delivered in this class are based on the three texts subsumed in The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States:

1. An Elucidation of the Intermediate State of the Time of Death (the bardo of dying) and of the Appearance of the Peaceful Deities in the intermediate State of Reality (the bardo of Reality Itself)

2. An Elucidation of the Appearance of the Wrathful Deities in the Intermediate State of Reality

3. An Elucidation of the Intermediate State of Rebirth (the bardo of becoming)

Course requirement:

1. Having received Secret Mantra empowerment or the empowerment of the 100 Peaceful & Wrathful

    Deities

2. Commitment to complete 100,000 times recitation of Vajrasattva mantra


References:

1. What are the Six Bardos? (for beginners)

2. Course materials:

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