Preliminary Practices & Commentaries

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Field of merit from Longchen Nyingtik preliminaries

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A series of texts, including commentaries, related to the preliminary practices, or ngöndro (sngon 'gro), from various cycles:


Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro

This word-by-word explanation of the Longchen Nyingtik preliminaries draws upon and summarizes earlier commentaries, especially the most celebrated of them all, Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher (Kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung). Yet Chökyi Drakpa's text is not entirely derivative and its relative brevity makes it ideal as a reminder of the most important points of the practice. This is why some lamas recommend reading and studying it regularly, together with the liturgy (which appears in bold).

The root text of the outer and inner preliminary (ngöndro) practices from the Longchen Nyingtik. It was compiled by the First Dodrupchen, Jigme Trinle Özer, from the original revelation of Jigme Lingpa and other sources.

This commentary to the Longchen Nyingtik preliminaries appears alongside the root text. Some of its instructions differ slightly from those of Patrul Rinpoche, so that it represents a distinct commentarial tradition. The text also includes several prayers that were included in Jikmé Trinlé Özer’s original version.

Patrul Rnpoche's explanations in this brief guide to the Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices mostly follow those given in his classic text, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung). Still, this condensed text offers useful reminders of the most important points of the practice, especially the details of the visualizations.

Ngöndro Compendium

Ngöndro by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro

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