The practices of Ngöndro prepare us for our spiritual path by building up positive energy and purifying negative habits. Since beginningless time, we have thought and acted based on a lack of awareness of reality. As a result, we have built up strong patterns of suffering that unconsciously drive us to compulsively act in the same way over and over again.
Great perseverance is therefore required to overcome or change these inherent habits. Four consecutive practices help us to build new, beneficial structures in the mind: Refuge and Bodhicitta in combination with prostrations, the purification practice of Dorje Sempa, mandala offerings to build positive force and the Guru Yoga to receive the blessing of the Lama.
In this course we want to give an overview of the practice of Ngöndro.
The main focus will be the Dorje Sempa practice, which we will also perform together.
The “Fifteen Days of Miracles” from the first day of the Tibetan New Year (Losar) to the fifteenth day (Chotrul Düchen – the festival of Buddha’s miracles), in which this course takes place, are particularly suitable for intensive practice, as their power is increased during this time. That is why we want to emphasise on practicing.
Lama Lodrö Thaye and Lama Drubtscho