Words of My Perfect Teacher

2019-2020 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 

In our Longchen Nyingtik lineage, the practice of ngondro comes from Patrul Rinpoche’s nineteenth-century text, The Words of My Perfect Teacher. Every winter, Kongtrul Rinpoche leads a retreat at Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling in which he gives a full reading transmission of this text along with his own detailed commentary.

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. 

In addition to Rinpoche's two talks per day, this program includes sessions led by senior students designed to help practitioners understand and become more familiar with the practice itself. Each morning begins with a three-hour guided practice session; and each afternoon, senior students provide supplementary practice instruction and lead group discussions.

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 am - 9:30    Individual ngondro practice session

9:30 - 10:30        Breakfast

10:30 - 12:00      Practice guidance with senior students

12:15 - 1:15        Lunch

1:15 - 1:45          Lhaksam rota

2:00 - 4:00          Rinpoche bestows transmission and commentary

4:00 - 4:30          Tea break

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

6:30 - 6:45          Clean up rota


Please note that this retreat and the reading of The Words of My Perfect Teacher will not be streamed.
Housing, Transportation, and Lunch 
  • If you have questions about housing, please contact Barbra Lurie at barbra.lurie@gmail.com. 
  • For rides to Pema Osel, please contact David Marks at atiman108@gmail.com
  • 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.