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Ngondro Program at Pema Osel Ling

Ngondro Refuge Tree

 What is Ngondro and why will you benefit?

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said in his introduction to A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, “As an example of the importance of the preliminary practices [Ngondro], if someone wants to build a special house or temple, the most important part of the construction is the foundation in order for the building to be stable.” Similarly, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche taught, “Ngondro is called a preliminary practice because it lays a foundation for the two main stages of Vajrayana practice: the creation stage and the completion stage. Since it contains all paths to the realization of enlightenment, every effort should be made to complete the Ngondro in order to fully cultivate and realize its profound benefits.”

Ngondro is the gateway to the advanced practices of Dzogchen, as well.  The lamas of the Vajrayana Foundation have required students to finish their Ngondro in order to participate in Rushen (a secret practice that comprises the Dzogchen preliminaries), our annual Trekchӧd (Cutting Through Solidity) teachings, and in other advanced practices.







LIVESTREAM Webcast Oral Reading Transmission, Teaching and Q  A with Lama Sonam Rinpoche

The Ngondro Program Participants receive an email with instructions on how to connect.
There are two per month: Question and Answers with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche or Guest Lama and a Group Ngondro Accumulation with Choying Wangmo or Drubpon Pema Rigdzin. There is a monthly Livestream Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Oral Reading Transmisson and Ngondro Teaching with Lama Sonam Rinpcohe through YouTube. You can read more about that on our homepge:


Suggested Books

(available to purchase at Dharma Treasures Bookstore)
  • Vajrayana Foundation Daily Prayers and Practices (includes Dudjom Tersar Ngondro prayers)
  • A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
  • A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom, Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices, Dudjom Rinpoche
  • A Commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


  • Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Dudjom Tersar Ngondro teachings on DVD, Series 19 from Friends of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (available at a 30% discount by email if you mention you are a Ngondro Program member). The final teaching in this series is also available as a stand-alone DVD with practical application advice from Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.  
  • Sam Bercholz' teachings on A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro DVDs (MP3 downloads available soon) through Dharma Treasures.


Support the Dudjom Tesar Ngondro Program with a scholarship  

Make an auspicious connection to the Dudjom Tesar Ngondro Program
by sponsoring a participant's practice. 

CLICK HERE to make a one-time or recurring monthly donation.
You may also contact the Program Coordinator at (760) 895-2620 or
send a check earmarked "Ngondro Sponsorship" to the
Vajrayana Foundation

2013 Eureka Canyon Road,
Watsonville CA 95076