Ngondro Retreat 2022

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Amy Green, Sam Bercholz and Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche


2022 Annual Ngondro Retreat

In-Person and by Live Streaming (Covid vaccination required for in-person attendance)


April 9 & 10, Teachings with Sam Bercholz 

"Understanding the Student Teacher Relationship"


April 11 - 17, Teaching and Practice Instruction

with Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Amy Green, Drubpon Pema Rigdzin, Choying Wangmo and Stefan Graves


April 16, 2:30 pm - "Collection of Seven Treasures" Guru Rinpoche Empowerment 


April 11 & April 17, Oral Transmissions (lungs) for the Concise and Sater Ngondros


April 11, Refuge Ceremony



Registration For Sam's Weekend or Full Retreat

Registration for Empowerment Only


Revised Schedule

Text and Resource List 



Click here for the daily puja streaming links, everyone is welcome!


Ngondro-Related Practice Items from Dharma Treasures



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 9-10, features teachings by Sam Bercholz, senior student of many Nyingma and Kagyu lineage holders, including root lamas Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, who personally authorized him to teach. The teachings will include commentary on Dungse Rinpoche's A Cascading Waterfall Of Nectar, as well as Sam's personal dharma stories. Sam requests that each participant have a copy of A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, available at Dharma Treasures.  He has entitled his weekend teachings, "Understanding the Student-Teacher Relationship".


Freddie Pema Rigdzin


The retreat will continue with Ngondro commentary and practice instruction with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche's senior student, Amy Green, April 11 - April 17. 


Evening Ngondro accumulation sessions will be led by Drubpon Pema Rigdzin, Choying Wangmo and Stefan Graves







Please register to receive the live streaming links. The teachings will be recorded and available at the same YouTube links for at least one month after the retreat. All donations support the streaming of dharma programs and help support the ongoing expenses of Pema Osel Ling. If you are not able to offer at one of the suggested levels, please contact


Lungs (Oral Transmissions): 

For those wishing to receive the lungs for the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro on April 11th and 17th.  It is important to receive the lungs in real time, so please make every effort to attend one of those sessions (PST).


Lama Sonam Rinpoche's Biography and Long Life Prayer

Sam Bercholz' Biography and Long Life Prayer


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Organizer Dharma Programs


Sat, Apr. 9 - Sun, Apr. 17, 2022
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Pacific


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