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The General Meaning of Ngondro
“Ngondro practice embodies all the Buddha’s teachings. Every word the Buddha taught is related to recognizing and transcending negative emotions and states of mind, and the Ngondro practice gives us the power and confidence to recognize and transcend our negative emotions, both gross and subtle. In this way we begin to purify and transform our minds until the buddha nature is completely revealed and our understanding becomes powerful and spacious. There is no need to limit ourselves to a single method; the Buddha offered many different techniques to transform our emotions. Of course, the various methods must be applied in accordance with our capabilities.
To become familiar with the practice, we need to know about the form and meaning of Ngondro and how to implement it. Ngondro introduces us to the methods of the Vajrayana. It is full of insight, lineage blessings, and subtle instructions which tell us exactly how to apply ourselves. Its form has been handed down through generations of great masters and practitioners, so we do not have to struggle and create something new. This is a well-established highway, and if we simply follow the signs, we can move along it with confidence and joy. This highway goes directly to enlightenment. Many accomplished masters, both male and female, have arrived at the final destination and discovered their buddha nature in this way. There is no need to hesitate, take detours, or make U-turns—just go ahead joyfully. This is how the precious lineage teachings have been preserved in an unbroken succession. We too can do the Ngondro practice to develop the necessary courage, commitment and inspiration to work toward enlightenment for the sake of all beings.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Illuminating The Path: Ngondro Instructions According to the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism (pgs 55-56)
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