with Geshe Choekhortshang Rinpoche and Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso

Live simultaneous translation will be available in multiple languages.

The Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung is the centerpiece of the Yungdrung Bön dzogchen teachings that are presented at Serenity Ridge at the end of December each year at our Winter Retreat. This December a new five-part cycle of teachings will begin with Part 1: Ngöndro, or foundational practices that establish one on the dzogchen path. The retreat will be held online via Zoom and is open to all.

Dzogchen is considered the highest teaching in Bön and Tibetan Buddhism. It reveals that reality, including the individual, is primordially pure, complete, and perfect, and that nothing needs to be transformed (as in tantra) or renounced (as in sutra) but only needs to be recognized for what it truly is. In this way, suffering self-liberates and one’s own enlightened nature spontaneously manifests. The view, practice, meditation and conduct are all based on self-liberation, which allows all that arises in experience to exist just as it is, without grasping, aversion, or elaboration by the conceptual mind.

This year’s December retreat will be led by Geshe Choekhortshang Rinpoche, who will guide the teachings, and Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso, who will lead the meditations.

The Ngöndro teachings are the foundation of and entrance to the dzogchen path. Attending a Part 1 Ngöndro retreat or previous Ligmincha Learning Ngöndro course is a prerequisite for further study of this cycle of teachings, which continue in subsequent years. Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will teach Part 2 in December 2021.

Ngöndro offers complete instructions for taming, purifying, and perfecting the suffering mind through nine practices. Although the practices that make up the ngöndro are called preliminary or foundational, because of their power many practitioners adopt them as their main practice. Ngöndro contains within it the entire path to liberation, and its practices can accompany one through the years like a lifelong friend.

Three Sets of Practices
The ngöndro includes three sets of three practices, or nine in all.

The first three tame the mind of the practitioner:
Opening the heart with guru yoga
Contemplating impermanence
Admitting misdeeds

The second set purifies the practitioner:
Developing bodhicitta (ultimate compassion)
Going for refuge and performing prostrations
Offering the mandala

The third set perfects the practitioner:
Purification through mantra
Offering the illusory body as a tsok (offering ritual)}
Requesting blessings

Everyone is invited to attend this special retreat, including practitioners who have already received the Part 1: Ngöndro teachings in a previous cycle. All who attend the retreat will be eligible to study Part 2 of the Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at our Winter Retreat 2021, which will take place both online and onsite at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Virginia.

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