Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ngoendro Explanations – The 4 Foundational Practices

This course is dedicated to our meditation practice: taking what we have learned “from the head to the bones”. Necessary and inspiring for this practices up front: explanations by a qualified teacher. Therefore, a whole morning was dedicated to these explanations in different languages by our Diamond Way teachers appointed by Lama Ole.

The Tibetan term “Ngöndro” means “something which precedes“. In a direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential, while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing our enlightened nature.

The 9th Karmapa, Wangchug Dorje, gave the four practices of the Chag Chen Ngondro as a preparation to realize the most refined insight of Mahamudra.

The first preliminary, Refuge with Prostrations, aims at clearing away obscurations and accumulating good impressions. The second foundation, the meditation on Diamond Mind (Skt. Vajrasattva, Tib. Dorje Sempa), purifies our speech and mind and develops both merit and insight. In the third practice, Mandala Offerings, wisdom and merit are equally emphasized, while the last foundation, Guru Yoga, primarily develops wisdom.

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