The Foundation

Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the grandfather of Phakchok Rinpoche, said that the “essence of all the sūtras and tantras were condensed into four things to think of, the four mind changings, and four things to practice, the preliminaries of four times one hundred thousand (ngöndro).” This page collects Samye Institute’s archive of teachings on these preliminary practices from the Vajrayana Membership.

Video Teachings

57 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Mandala Offering

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar explains the third of the inner preliminary practices, the mandala offering. In this practice, we are accumulating favorable conditions for...
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57 minutes
62 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Vajrasattva

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar Tsering introduces the uncommon preliminary practice of the meditation on Vajrasattva....
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62 minutes
99 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Refuge, Bodhicitta and Prostrations

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku Migmar Tsering introduces the four (or five) foundations of the preliminary practices, with a special emphasis on refuge, bodhicitta and prostrations....
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99 minutes
45 minutes

Losar 2024 Ngondro Retreat – Introduction

Tulku Migmar Tsering
In this video, Tulku explains why these foundational practices are more important than the main part of practice....
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45 minutes
10 minutes

Prostrations: Why and How?

Tulku Migmar Tsering
Prostrations are a way of paying respect as well as a mindfulness practice. In this video filmed at Samye Hermitage New York in 2015, Tulku...
video
10 minutes
Renunciation
16 minutes

Renunciation: Wake-up Call

Phakchok Rinpoche
Renunciation can be a powerful opportunity if we take it seriously. In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us to reflect on impermanence and on renunciation....
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16 minutes

Audio Teachings

9 minutes

The Four Mind Changings

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this brief presentation, Phakchok Rinpoche leads students step-by-step through the Four Mind Changings....
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9 minutes
Receiving Tibetan Buddhist Empowerment
5 minutes

Receiving Tibetan Buddhist Empowerment

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this audio excerpt, taken from a teaching given in Japan in 2017, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the core principles of Tibetan Buddhist empowerment. Additionally, he...
audio
5 minutes
18 minutes

The Profundity of Refuge in the Ngöndro

Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us about the profound blessings of taking refuge....
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18 minutes
66 minutes

The Importance of Gurus

Phakchok Rinpoche
In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on the relationship between Guru and disciple. As the guru-disciple relationship is at the heart of the Vajrayana...
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66 minutes
23 minutes

The History of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel

Drupla Sherab Dorje
Drupla Sherab Dorje explains the background and history of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel Ngöndro....
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23 minutes
5 minutes

The Benefits Ngöndro Brings to Other Practices

Drupla Sherab Dorje
In this audio clip, Drupla Sherab Dorjé responds to several student questions about Vajrayana practice....
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5 minutes

Articles

Integrating Your Practice: Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche

Phakchok Rinpoche provides practical experience on how we can structure our Vajrayana practice....

Eight Essential Points for Every Practice Session

In this document, Phakchok Rinpoche shares the eight essential points to hold in mind for any meditation session. ...

The Fourteen Root Samayas

Phakchok Rinpoche would like to share this document with all his Vajrayana students so they may regularly reflect on the fourteen root Samayas, the life-essence...
Four Mind Changings

Student Reflections on the Four Mind Changings

Read insightful student reflections on the Four Mind Changings, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching that inspires personal transformation and spiritual growth....

Practice Companions

The Foundation · Vajrayana