October 5, 2022 at 1:19 pm #12465
Hello! I finished the book Opening the Door to Bön. I bought this course hoping that this would be greater instructions on the 9 preliminaries talked about in the book, was I correct?
Thank you!October 5, 2022 at 1:33 pm #12466
Thanks for joining! That’s absolutely right. This Ngondro course covers the Outer Preliminaries and the 9 practices of Bon A-tri Ngondro.
When you log in to the course, use the left sidebar to follow along with each the seven lessons. Download each lesson’s PDF and read, practice, and watch the videos as guided by the PDFs. Feel free to reach out if you have questions along the way. 🙂
NickOctober 16, 2022 at 10:26 am #12510
Hello Nick! I do have a question. I’m wondering why there is no detailed instruction on the prostrations in the Ngondro course. A big reason why I spent money on the course was for these detailed instructions. Is there a specific reason for this? That being said I am thoroughly enjoying the course & truly grateful for this transmission.
Edit: Just found it at the end of the course!
October 17, 2022 at 9:56 am #12514
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Crystal Sajche.
Glad you found the instruction! I know it is not a very long section, and there is not an extended teaching on it (mainly because I don’t think there’s a lot that needs to be said prior to practice). Let me know if you have any specific questions about performing it, or anything else, and I’ll do my best to help!
NickOctober 28, 2022 at 2:07 pm #12524
Thank you for getting back to me. I have another question : )
I have a special affinity for Tapihritsa and I found instructions on how to practice guru yoga for Tapihritsa.
But I am uncertain about the correct sequence of practice. Would guru yoga be practiced after the completion of Ngonrdo?
I am just hoping for some clarity.
CrystalOctober 28, 2022 at 2:25 pm #12525
Tapihritsa is wonderful! Yes, Guru Yoga is actually part of the A-tri Ngondro, and it a part of this course. In Tibetan, it’s called “Lamé Naljor.” It’s the fifth of the preliminaries (Lesson 6). Rinpoche often stresses the importance of this practice.
In the A-tri Dzogchen tradition of Ngrondro, we visualize Shenlha Ökar as the guru/lama. There are several other traditions/practices for guru yoga/lamé naljor that use other deities as the main object of visualization (Tapihritsa for example).
While you can practice any or many types of guru yoga that you receive teachings for, I would assume that it would be recommended to stick with a single version while accumulating 100000 for Ngondro. But other guru yoga practices you’ve learned may also supplement your practice, even while you’re still practicing Ngondro.
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