Our mind is often compared to a field, with the potential to bring forth bountiful harvest of wisdom and compassion.
It clears away the karmic debris from previous unskillful actions that obscures our mind from understanding the DharmaIn the most general sense, Dharma refers to the teachings of the Buddha. To continue to practice over many lifetimes, we need to create the causes for a series of precious human lives and to neutralize the causes for unfortunate rebirths that we have previously created.
When we meditate, our minds may encounter hindrances—mental agitation and laxity, laziness and lack of mindfulness, too little or too much application of antidotes.
On a psychological level, the preliminary practices alleviate much of the guilt and uncomfortable feelings we have been carrying around for years. Prostrations: These are done to the 35 Buddhas, together with reciting their names and the confession prayer.
Vajrasattva (Dorje Sampa) mantraA series of syllable consecrated by a Buddha and expressing the essence of the entire path to enlightenment. Refuge: This is reciting Namo Gurubhya, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya while visualizing the field of positive potential. Mandala offering: This involves reciting the refuge and bodhicitta prayer and the mandala offering verse, while visualizing offering the entire universe and everything beautiful in it to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Water bowls: This is offering water bowls to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, together with visualization. Samaya Vajra (Damtsig Dorje) mantra: This is reciting the mantra of this Buddha together with visualization.
Traditionally these practices are done 100,000 times, with an extra 11 percent to make up for any mistakes we may make in doing them. Doing one of the preliminary practices strengthens our daily practice, for we do that practice each day so that it really becomes part of us in a comfortable way. We may wonder why these are called the preliminary practices, because some of them may seem rather advanced and designed for someone who is already clear about the path. Another doubt may arise that these practices seem culturally conditioned and not appropriate for Westerners. Be clear in your mind if you’re going to do that practice as a retreat or as part of a daily practice and keep the appropriate discipline. To have the opportunity to do the preliminary practices, we must have accumulated great positive potential in the past. Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddhaa€™s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. Print PDFA A A Venerable Thubten Chodron (Photo ©Phil Borges)Born in Chicago in 1950, Venerable Thubten Chodron grew up near Los Angeles. In 1975, she attended a meditation course given by Venerable Lama Yeshe and Venerable Zopa Rinpoche, and subsequently went to Kopan Monastery in Nepal to continue to study and practice buddhaA person who has purified all defilements and developed all good qualities. She studied and practiced Buddhism of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters.
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Otherwise, our practice may progress well this lifetime, but we won’t have the opportunity to continue it the next lifetime due to the ripening of negative karmaActions of our body, speech and mind.
Such feelings may be due to previous negative actions that we have done which we have never looked at honestly and resolved. Having completed 100,000 of whichever practice, we often naturally incorporate it into our daily practices, doing it in a shorter form, although this is not necessary.
Ways can be devised to have an approximate idea of how many are done in a certain time and to keep track of that. From the viewpoint of a total newcomer, these practices are advanced, because they presuppose an understanding of and faith in the operation of cause and effect and refuge in the Triple Gem. First, tell your spiritual mentor that you would like to do one or all of them and discuss with him or her which one to start with. Because the Ngondro practices emphasize purification, it’s common for old memories and issues to surface. She directed the spiritual program at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy for nearly two years, studied three years at Dorje Pamo Monastery in France, and was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore. Seeing the importance and necessity of a monastery for Westerners training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she founded Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Washington State, USA, and is currently the abbess there.
She recently co-authored Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and An Open-Hearted Life with psychologist Dr.
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The purpose of preliminary practices is thus to clear and enrich our minds, allowing our practice to progress smoothly and our heart to become the path to enlightenment. Our actions leave imprints on our mindstream and later bring about our experiences." class="glossaryLink ">karma at the time of death. They also sharpen our mindfulness and introspective alertness so that we can recognize hindrances and apply the antidotes quickly and effectively. Other feelings may be due to harmful situations we have experienced which have generated unrecognized emotions or otherwise adversely affected our psychological well-being.
What is more common is to select one practice to emphasize, either doing a retreat with four sessions of that practice each day or doing some of that practice each day while living one’s regular life, until 100,000 are completed. They are preliminary to engaging in practices of the Highest Yoga Tantra, and doing retreats on these practices, and they are preliminary to gaining deep realizations of the path. It takes a while to understand them, and such an understanding comes by doing them, not by having all of our intellectual skepticism satisfied beforehand.
In that case, part of the retreat discipline is to keep silence, stay for the duration of the retreat, do all 100,000 (actually 111,111) mantra recitations at the same place, and so forth.
In fact, these practices will definitely make our dysfunctional emotional patterns, doubts about practice, and so forth arise.
Be willing to undergo the difficulties entailed in working with your mind skillfully and be happy that you’ve met the Dharma and have the chance to practice. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. In 1977 she was ordained as a Buddhist nunCelibate female ordained practitioner." class="glossaryLink ">nun by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan.
Many of them met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala after the event.In 1998, a historic event for the bhikshuni sangha occured in Bodhgaya.
The course aims to relax and rejuvenate, whilst motivating participants to adopt a healthier way to live. Or we may get a precious human life next rebirth, but be beset by illness, social upheaval, poverty, depression and the like, making practice difficult. The preliminary practices give us the opportunity to look at our past honestly, from the perspective of the Dharma, under the kind gaze of buddhaA person who has purified all defilements and developed all good qualities. Some Westerners have questioned their necessity, and to this His Holiness the Dalai Lama responded that for those very few people who have done serious purification, collection of positive potential, and deep meditation in previous lives, these practices are not so necessary now in order to gain realizations.
That doesn’t mean we should do them with blind faith, but rather we must recognize and resolve the doubts that come up as part of the practice.

However, a mentor who knows you well may recommend that you begin with a specific practice. If you aim to complete 100,000 of any of the Ngondro, it’s essential to do the practice at least once every day to keep the continuity. This is completely normal and to be expected, because it is exactly these things that we are trying to purify. Generate your bodhicitta motivation again and again and think of how your practice benefits yourself and others. After traveling through Europe, North Africa and Asia for one and a half years, she received a teaching credential and went to the University of Southern California to do post-graduate work in Education while working as a teacher in the Los Angeles City School System.
Under the auspicies of Fo Kwang Shan Temple, the bhikshuni ordination was once again given in India.
The course includes a gentle movement class, floor work, stretching, nutrition, massage, breath work and meditation.
It is helpful to have a group of Dharma friends who also are the doing the practice and meeting together once a week or so to practice and share experiences. We must know how to work with these skillfully as well as know how to handle the various distractions that arise. By purifying causes for these obstacles and creating causes for conducive circumstances, our practice will gradually and continuously bear fruit.
Processing and resolving these situations, we lay aside cumulative psychological baggage, and we are then able to make strong determinations and aspirations regarding how we want to be and act in the future.
We are not in competition here, and we are not trying to fulfill a quota set by an outside authority.
You should then request teachings on how to do the practice and learn well what your teacher instructs. She is active in DharmaIn the most general sense, Dharma refers to the teachings of the Buddha.
Many of her talks can be found on this site in both written and audio form as well as short daily talks on video, longer video talks, and live Internet teachings.
Other times we listen to teachings and are filled with doubtA mental factor which is indecisive and wavering regarding important points such as karma and its result, emptiness, etc." class="glossaryLink ">doubt or anger.
Of course, not everything will be clear from the beginning, but the doubts, resistance and obstacles that arise while doing the preliminary practices are among the very things we are trying to purify. Your mentor may also refer you to books or to transcripts of teachings he or she has given on the practice before. These kinds of obscurations are cleared away by the preliminary practices and when we listen to teachings they are able to touch our hearts deeply.
When attachment is preoccupying your mind, meditate on impermanence and the unsatisfactory nature of cyclic existence.
If questions come up while you’re working on a particular practice, ask your teacher or a learned Dharma friend for help. The only way to purify and enrich our minds is to work with our obstacles, by accepting ourselves and simultaneously having deep confidence in our Buddha potential. The transformation occurs slowly, but if we keep on with our practice, we will definitely experience it. Betsy Napper, Venerables Lobsang Dechen, Tenzin Dolma, Tenzin Palmo, and Venerable Chodron, after a meeting at Dolma Ling Nunnery in which they discussed the possibility of introducing the lineage for full ordination of women into the Tibetan tradition.When Venerable Chodron was in Portland at the end of June, 2006, she participated in alms rounds with the Buddhist Priory Reverend Meiko, as well as two other monastics.
Venerable Chodron is a regular participant of the annual Western Buddhist Monastic Conference.
November, 2005 – Jan Howell, a full time resident at the Abbey, is the first person to begin training for ordination.
Venerable Chodron led a beautiful ceremony explaining the eight precepts plus celibacy for life Jan was about to take and how significant it was for Jan, the Abbey, and all sentient beings.Jan gets her head shaved by the bhikshunis to represent her letting go of attachment. All the fortunate people who supported, witnessed and participated in making the first ordination at Sravasti Abbey a success gather for a group photo.At the end of November, 2006, Nanc takes her Anagarika vows.

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