DRIKUNG KAGYU NGONDRO PRELIMINARY PRACTICES
CONDUCTED BY HIS EMINENCE 11TH CHOEZE KUCHEN RINPOCHE
Ngondro practice plays a very important role of Vajrayana’s pratice.
The founder to the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Lord Jigten Sumgon stated, “Ngondro is even more important than the higher practices.” It has also been said that sincerely practicing only Ngondro will lead to enlightenment since all mind training techniques leading to enlightenment are included within it!
The four Ngondro preliminary practices of the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra are:
- The Practice of Taking Refuge (prostrations with recitations),
- Practice of Vajrasattva Meditation and Recitation for Purification,
- Offering the Noble Mandala the Special Method for Perfecting the Two Accumulations,
- The Guru Yoga that Brings the Blessings of the Lineage
The pre-requisite for the Ngondro practices is the Four Turnings of the Mind to the Dharma teachings. Ones must fully practice the four ways of turning the mind, then ones practices the four extraordinary foundations of Vajrayana Ngondro to purify negative karma and obscurations of the mind, speech and body and to develop virtues.