Ngondro Retreat

December 28,2020 - January 3, 2021 - Live Stream Program


In our Longchen Nyingtik lineage, we study the ngondro practice from Patrul Rinpoche’s nineteenth-century text, The Words of My Perfect Teacher. Kongtrul Rinpoche will lead an online retreat in which he gives a full reading transmission of this text along with his own detailed commentary. Rinpoche will also give the transmission for the Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro liturgy, a terma revealed by Jigme Lingpa. 

The program includes two talks a day by Rinpoche, a daily session led by senior students designed to help practitioners understand and become more familiar with the practice itself and a three-hour guided practice session each morning.

Patrul Rinpoche wrote The Words of My Perfect Teacher in a 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 it feels as if he is speaking straight to us. All attendees are encouraged to have a copy of The Words of My Perfect Teacher

This retreat is intended for MSB members who have attended sessions and 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.
The Ngondro retreat is restricted to disciples in the MSB lineage, however practitioners of any of the Nyingma ngondros are welcome to apply through this form to attend the retreat.

To Formally Begin Ngondro

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

Schedule - All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

6:00 am - 9:00         Guided practice session

10:00 am - 11:30      Practice review (with senior students)

11:30 am - 1:00        Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00          Talk -  Rinpoche bestows transmission and commentary

3:00 pm - 4:00          Tea break

4:00 pm - 6:00          Talk - Rinpoche bestows transmission and commentary



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.


"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