6 Month Online Course – Begins August 20, 2015
Natural State of Mind Retreat – February 10 – 13, 2016
The Ngondro, sometimes called the “Preliminary Practice,” is crucial to every student of Bön. This course will teach the Ngondro of the A-Tri tradition of Dzogchen, following the tradition of sMenri Monastery. Through these practices we learn the essentials of inner transformation. The Ngondro is used to prepare ourselves for further, deeper teachings. Properly understood and practiced, the Ngondro is also a path to enlightenment in itself. This course is of benefit to every Bön student, whether beginner or advanced.
Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is a senior Geshe from sMenri Monastery, and is the abbot of Latri Monastery in Tibet. As one of the modern masters of Bön, Rinpoche is a well-known qualified teacher in Bon.
This course will provide a structure and foundation for a lifetime of Bön practice. Rinpoche believes strongly in developing this firm foundation, so that we will be able to build upon this foundation as we progress with our practice. Without a deep knowledge and understanding of the Ngondro, we can chant the prayers and mantras, but it will not achieve your final attainment; we will not have the proper skills to progress in the practice of Bön.
Rinpoche has developed an online course using video, audio, teaching text, journaling, chat room forums, and private phone conversations with him to be sure you are truly practicing this very special practice. In this six-month online course, Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche will teach the Ngondro according to the A-Khrid Kalung Gyatso (the “Ocean of Oral Transmission and Guiding Instruction through the A- Syllable”), which is one of the three main Dzogchen Cycle traditions.
The Ngondro is used to prepare ourselves for other teachings. Properly understood and practiced, the Ngondro is also a path to enlightenment in itself.
This course is of benefit to every Bon Student, whether beginner or advanced. It is also a good preparation or refresher course for the upcoming retreat, “The Natural State of Mind” to be taught by Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche in February 2016.
Participants will need to participate in both the online course and the retreat to receive certification.
First Month: The first month will focus on the ”outer” preliminary practice, and the important topics of:
• The Proper Way to Receive Bon Teaching
• The Fourfold Practices to Train One’s Mind
• The Virtuous and Non-virtuous Deeds
Following Months: In the following five months, Rinpoche will teach the “inner” Nine Preliminary Practices. These will be taught in great detail, with specific and detailed instructions on how to perform these practices.
1. Generating the Mind of Enlightenment (Samkyed)
2. Taking Refuge (Kyabdro)
3. Confession (Shakpa)
4. Mandala Offering (Mandal Bulwa)
5. Connecting with the Teacher (Lamai Naljor)
6. Prostrations (Chak)
7 – 9 Three Essences (Heart Mantras) of Bön (Nying Po Namsum)
• 1st Heart Mantra – Sa Le Oed
• 2nd Heart Mantra – Ma Tri
• 3rd Heart Mantra – Du Tri Su
Who Should Take This Course:
• Beginning Bon students;
• Advanced serious Bon practitioners who want a firm foundation and a deeper connection with Bon for further learning;
• Healing professionals who wish to use Bon in their healing practice; and
• Those searching for spiritual growth.
The Natural State of Mind Retreat
will be held at
Yeru Bon Center, Minneapolis, MN
February 10-13, 2016.
Housing is available at Yeru Bon Center, Minneapolis and at the House. Space is limited, register early.