Words of My Perfect Teacher

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

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.