Words of My Perfect Teacher

Including Ngondro Retreat

"When we practice ngondro, we truly step into
and connect with the Longchen Nyingtik lineage.
It is with this practice that we will put down the roots
of Dharma in our mind, and in the West."
--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche 

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche leads an annual ngondro practice retreat at Pema Osel with the aim of increasing our understanding and experience of this profound preliminary practice. Each day will be divided into two main sessions, with Rinpoche leading the practice, giving talks and readings, and senior students providing supplementary support.
In addition, Rinpoche will offer his annual reading and transmission of The Words of My Perfect Teacher at this retreat as a way to contextualize the ngondro practice. The Words of My Perfect Teacher was written in the nineteenth century by Patrul Rinpoche, in his retreat cave high in the mountains of Tibet. His observations about the human condition and his steadfast encouragement to spiritual practice in the Longchen Nyingtik tradition are so direct that even today when reading the text, it feels as if he is speaking straight to us. Rinpoche's reading will be interspersed throughout the retreat as a way to blend the rich Longchen Nyingtik lineage's hearing wisdom into our ngondro practice. All attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of The Words of My Perfect Teacher
This retreat is intended for MSB members who have attended sessions, and who are practicing ngondro or who would like to begin the practice. Rinpoche also encourages disciples who have completed their ngondro accumulations to attend this retreat since ngondro is a lifelong practice.

6:30 - 9:30 am: Individual ngondro practice session

9:30 - 10:30 am: Break for breakfast

10:30 - 1:00: Rinpoche bestows transmission and commentary

1:00 - 2:00: Lunch

2:00 - 2:50: Lhaksam rota

3:00 - 4:00: Small group break-out sessions

4:00 - 4:30: Tea break

4:30 - 6:30: Rinpoche bestows transmission and commentary

6:30 - 6:45: Clean up


Please note that this retreat and the reading of The Words of My Perfect Teacher will not be streamed.
Housing, Transportation, and Lunch 
  • It is our intention to house everyone who would like to attend the retreat. If you would like assistance finding housing, please contact Barbra Lurie at barbra.lurie@gmail.com.
  • For rides to Pema Osel, please contact  
  • A vegetarian lunch with gluten-free options is available to all attendees and is included in the registration price.

More Information

For more information about attending a program at Pema Osel, including driving directions, lodging suggestions, and answers to frequently asked questions, please read Pema Osel's Visitor's Guide. If you have further questions, please email Pema Osel's Event Coordinator or call 802-333-4521.

To Formally Begin Ngondro

Full attendance is required before beginning the ngondro practice. Please check with your Lineage Instructor or SPR for more information. 


If you are currently practicing ngondro, we highly recommend the Ngondro Compilation, a remarkable collection of teachings, carefully selected and compiled from over twenty years of Rinpoche's commentary on The Words of My Perfect Teacher.