Ngondro Retreat: April 4 - 12, 2020

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Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche 

 Sam Bercholz


2020 Annual Ngondro Retreat

Available By Live Streaming and Video Recording


 Daily Streaming Schedule (Lama Sonam Rinpoche additional times)

 Text List

Ngondro-Related Practice Items from Dharma Treasures

See Options Below To Register (Pricing Adjusted March 31st)

Links for Streaming the Daily Pujas April 4-12

See below for Ngondro Program group accumulation session by Zoom, April 14


This year's Ngondro Retreat, April 4 -12, 2020, will be offered entirely by streaming, with access by video recording for at least one month for those who cannot participate in real time.


Ngondro, the preliminary or foundational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, is a profound and powerful means of affecting transformation through purification and the vast accumulation of merit. 


"If there are any wise persons who desire to be completely freed
From the hot torments of the fire pit of samsara, they should
Rely on this supreme path, Ngondro, which, like the king of trees, 
Will revive one in its cool, dense shade, enlightenment."
---His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche



The first weekend will feature teachings by Sam Bercholz, senior student of many of the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya lineage holders, including root lamas Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, who personally authorized him to teach. Sam has called the weekend, Meditation and the Development of Faith: Essential Teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. The weekend will be a combination of teachings from Dungse Rinpoche's The Cascading Waterfall Of Nectar and also Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s teachings on meditation, The Play of Thought. Sam requests that each participant have a copy of The Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, available at Dharma TreasuresThe Play of Thought can be downloaded for free here.


Sam has said, “The Play of Thought by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche is one of the best teachings you can study to help stabilize your mind. It is an important aspect of dharma that sometimes is easily forgotten, especially for Ngondro and Vajrayana practice. It gives a necessary foundation for preliminary practices and advanced practices alike.”


The two days with Sam will also include teachings and practice on Shinay (tranquil stillness) and Lhakthong (true seeing) meditation. Participants will be able to submit questions that Sam will answer during one of the sessions on the second day. Sam is also giving participants the opportunity for a personal interview by Facetime or Zoom for up to one week after the teachings. 


The retreat will continue with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, who will teach on “How Ngondro Can Support You in This Difficult Time”. Lama Sonam will give morning and afternoon teachings each day. 


New students who have an interest in Vajrayana Buddhism are welcome and encouraged to participate in both streaming events. 


To receive the links for streaming, please make your offering through PayPal according to your circumstances. All donations will cover not only the cost of streaming, but will help support the ongoing expenses of Pema Osel Ling. If you are not able to offer at one of the suggested levels, please contact We will send the links to all participants who have made an offering.



The recorded teachings will be available for at least one month after the conclusion of the weekend, so participants can review or access the teachings at their convenience.



Sam Bercholz Weekend
Lama Sonam Ngondro Streaming



Lama Sonam Rinpoche's Biography and Long Life Prayer


Sam Bercholz' Biography and Long Life Prayer



All participants are welcome to join the Vajrayana Foundation Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program group in a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: April Ngondro Accumulation Webcast
Time: Apr 14, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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