Ngondro Retreat: April 4 - 12, 2020

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Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche 

 Sam Bercholz


2020 Annual Ngondro Retreat

Video Recordings from April 4 - 12, 2020

 Text List

Ngondro-Related Practice Items from Dharma Treasures


This year's Ngondro Retreat, April 4 -12, 2020, was offered entirely by streaming. 

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 April 4 - 5 featured 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 included teachings on Shinay (tranquil stillness) and Lhakthong (true seeing) meditation. 


The retreat continued with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, April 6 - 12, who taught on “How Ngondro Can Support You in This Difficult Time”. Lama Sonam gave morning and afternoon teachings each day. 


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Sam Bercholz Weekend
Lama Sonam Ngondro Streaming



Lama Sonam Rinpoche's Biography and Long Life Prayer


Sam Bercholz' Biography and Long Life Prayer


For information on our Ngondro Program go to



May All Beings Benefit!





Sat, Apr. 4 - Sun, Apr. 12, 2020
10:30 a.m. - noon US/Pacific


Pema Osel Ling
2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States