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Ngondro weekend- The Chariot Traversing the Noble Path
September 9 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 4:00 pm
This is a teaching weekend for those who want to learn more about the Preliminary Practices – Ngondro in Karma Kagyu tradition. Lama Rabsang will give teachings based on the Ngondro text, The Chariot Traversing the Noble Path, composed by the 9th Karmapa. The weekend has been divided in two parts the following way:
Saturday: Lama Rabsang will give an overall view on what is Ngondro and its practices.
Sunday: This day is dedicated more to those who are already doing the Ngondro, but who have questions of any of the four practices. If you are interested joining this day and have some questions, please could you email your questions already to Lama Rabsang (to the office email) before the weekend and he can plan the day accordingly.
Teacher: Choje Lama Rabsang
Suggested donation: £25 / £20 (Palpung Wales supporters, low income etc.) incl. lunch
Practice in the Kagyu School
Kagyu practitioners typically begin by practicing the outer and inner preliminary practices, called ngöndro in Tibetan. These practices include a series of contemplative exercises that help to turn the mind away from the mundane concerns of one’s present life and toward the attainment of liberation from suffering and ultimate enlightenment. The most common form these contemplations take are the “four thoughts that change the mind”: 1) the preciousness of human life, 2) death and impermanence, 3) the suffering of samsara, and 4) the principle of karma. These contemplations comprise the outer preliminary practices.
The inner preliminary practices build upon first set of practices by deepening the student’s commitment to the spiritual path, expanding his or her motivation, removing obstacles, creating positive conditions for practice, and receiving the blessings of the lineage. Respectively, the practices that accomplish these goals are 1) refuge, prostrations, and bodhichitta, 2) Vajrasattva practice, 3) mandala offering, and 4) guru yoga. These are also referred to as the 4 x 100,000, due to the number of times the student must repeat certain elements of the practice. Once the preliminaries have been completed, the student will often move on to sadhana practices, which employ visualization, mantra recitation, and other elements to transform ordinary, impure perception into a more refined, enlightened view of reality. The fruitional practices of the Kagyu tradition are twofold. In the first set of practices—the path of skillful means—the meditator learns to harness the power of the subtle energies present in the body through a series of practices known as the Six Yogas of Naropa. The second form of practice is referred to as the path of liberation. This path contains the teachings of Mahamudra, where the student is first introduced to, and then familiarizes herself with, the nature of mind.