Planting the Seed and Blossoming Our Nature of Mind
A Deeper Understanding of Bön ’s Essence and Purifying Our Basic Emotions
January 13 – 19, 2019
Yeru Bön Center, Minneapolis MN
So often Bön students will comment on where they are with their Bön practice. Some are at the early stages of Yungdrung Bön, while some believe they are at the Dzogchen level, the highest form of teachings on the nature of mind.
We often hear our masters ask, how are you with your Ngondro practice? This tells the masters where a student really is in their practice. Not for criticism, but for a reality check.
All Bön masters believe Ngondro is the path to Bön.
All Bon masters believe you have no strong foundation without truly understanding the essence of Bön and the importance of study and practice of Ngondro in order for you to be on the path of Ngag or Dzogchen. Ngondro is called a preliminary practice, but it is so much more then preliminary.
There are nine practices of Ngondro. They are the foundation and the true entrance to the Tibetan Dzogchen teaching.
Through the practice of Ngondro, you will not only understand the spiritual side of Yungdrung Bön, but you will learn to understand you. You learn to turn the mind away from the distractions of the world toward spiritual practice.
A deeper experience of Ngondro will ground your Monkey Mind and that could be the beginning of your awakening of self-realization, that is how interdependent the Ngondro and Dzogchen teachings are.
Without a strong Ngondro practice, you do not have a good solid foundation to add more Bön teachings, it’s like building a house on top of a cardboard box. But with a strong knowledge of Ngondro, you create a strong and healthy foundation to further your Bön practice by nurturing yourself, taking the path of enlightenment and for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Without planting the seed, you cannot expect fruit and flowers to blossom. If you are ready to plant the Ngondro seed to build a strong foundation for your Bön practice, come to Yeru Bon Center for the Ngondro Winter Retreat.
Purifying Our Basic Emotions
There are nine practices of Ngondro, some of the practices are used in combinations of other Yungdrung Bön practice. During this Ngondro Winter retreat, Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche will teach you the nine different practices of Ngondro. He will lead and guide your practice during this retreat, clarify any confusion, and make sure there is complete understanding with this practice of Ngondro.
There will also be thee follow up practice days, done via zoom for three months, as well as access to 9 weeks of our Tuesday night Ngondro practice to reinforce what you learned at the Ngondro Winter Retreat.
Because of Minnesota’s beautifully frigid temperatures, this winter retreat will be held in the city at the Yeru Bön Center in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
- The House – No charge for staying, but rooms are limited – must contact Deborah to stay at the house at deborah@yeruBön center.org
- Shared housing – Rental Home Shared with others flying or driving in for this retreat. We can help with this.
- Local Hotel
Yeru Bön Center is 6 minutes away from The House, easy drive, there are hotels in the area and VRBO housing that can be shared. We would love to help you make these arrangements.
- $425.00 before December 5, 2018
- $575.00 after December 5, 2018
Live Stream and Digital Recording Available
Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche
Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is the lineage holder and Abbot of Latri Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche received his Geshe degree (equates to a Ph.D. in the West) in 1987 from the Bön Dialectic School at sMenri Monastery in Dolanji, India.
Rinpoche’s early education came from his father, Latri Gyaltsen Nyima Rinpoche, a well-known lama in eastern Tibet at Dorpatan Monastery and his childhood teacher Tsultrim Nyima Rinpoche.
Rinpoche later entered sMenri Monastery in Dolanji, India, the seat of Yungdrung Bön religion and education. There he was taught by His Holiness, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the late 33rdsMenri Trizin (Abbot); His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the Lopon (Head Teacher) of all Bön education.
Rinpoche has taught the unbroken lineage of Bön in the U.S., Europe and Asia since 1989.
Rinpoche is the author of Opening The Door To Bön, a guide for Western Students of Bön.Register