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Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche’s

Opening Your Inner Space for Spirituality

Dzogchen Ngondro
A-Tri Tradition of Bön

Fundamental Practice

November 10th – 14th, 2020
Emily, MN & Online (Zoom)

Rinpoche has had many serious conversations on the importance of Ngondro for all Bön practitioners.

The practice of Ngondro is considered the critical foundation for Bön studies.  Rinpoche has often talked seriously about the importance of Ngondro.   A full understanding and practice of Ngondro allows students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their Tantric and Dzogchen practice.

The Dzogchen Ngöndro of the A-Tri tradition is a set of practices that offers comprehensive instructions for taming, purifying, and perfecting the emotional mind. Through these practices, we realize the importance and value of inner spirituality. These practices provide the foundation and the building blocks for deeper understanding of advanced teachings of Bön. They are also the fundamental teachings for Dzogchen, Bön’s highest teachings on the nature of mind.

Many practitioners adopt the Ngöndro as their main practice at least one time in their lives and complete the nine sets of 100,000 repetitions of the “inner” practices.  Within these practices is contained the entire path to liberation.

This course includes both the “outer” and “inner” preliminary practice. The “outer” practices include: the four-fold practice to train one’s mind, which includes the realization of the preciousness of this life, uncertainty, the laws of karma and cyclic existence; the proper way to receive Bön teachings; and the ten virtuous and ten non-virtuous actions.

The “inner” practices include: generating the mind of enlightenment (Semkyed); taking refuge (Kyabdro); confession (Shakpa) and the 100-syllable mantra; mandala offering (Mandal Bulwa); developing your inner connection with the Teacher to receive blessings for self-realization (Lamai Naljor);  prostrations (Chak); and the three essence of Bön (Nying Po Namsum), specifically the Sa Le Oed, Ma Tri, and Du Tri Su.

Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is a serious teacher of Bön who follows the texts and the sMenri Monastery way of teaching. He genuinely wants his students to fully understand what he is teaching and receive the support they need to absorb the teachings of Bön.


Who Should Take This Course:

  • Beginning Bön students;
  • Advanced serious Bön practitioners who want a firm foundation and a deeper connection with Bön for further learning.
  • Advanced practitioners who feel they need a “refresher” course and to spend some time doing Ngondro to supplement their other practice.
  • Students studying or wishing to study Dzogchen;
  • Healing professionals who wish to use Bön in their healing practice; and
  • Students searching for spiritual growth.


About Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche

Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche is a senior Rinpoche from sMenri Monastery. A student of  His Holiness,  the late  33rd sMenri Trizin and of His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche, Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche received his Geshe degree from sMenri Monastery in 1987. He has taught in the West for thirty years. Rinpoche is the founder of Yeru Bön Center (Minneapolis and Los Angeles) and Bön centers in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Austria, Canada and Denmark. Rinpoche is the author of Opening the Door to Bön, a detailed description of the A-Tri Ngondro; The Inner Mirror, a detailed text on Dzogchen practice based on the 15 Session A-Tri text; and Khyung Mar:The Red Garuda, to be published in 2020, based on the Red Garuda practice of the Ngag tradition and its methods.

The Ngongdro text teaches that one should learn Ngondro from a qualified master who is properly connected to the lineage. Rinpoche, as one of the modern masters of Bön, is one of a handful of the most qualified teachers you could find.



In person

  • $425  Early Registration by September 20th
  • $ 575  After September 20th

Includes teaching, accommodations, meals and video recordings.

Zoom ~  $250.00

Commuter ~  325.  Teaching, meals and video recordings.



Teaching will begin on November 10th  from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



In person:   This retreat will be held at Yeru Retreat Center, mini Tibet as Rinpoche calls it.   Fall is lovely there.   Because of the Covid and the precautions, we continue to have only a small group. in person, for this retreat so we can practice safe distance and continue to keep everyone safe.     We do not offer dormitory sleep accommodations. Everyone will have their own room.    All rooms have heat and heavy blankets are provided.

The Garuda’s Nest has a wood burning stove and it is warm inside.   The Shrine room will be heated.

If you are interested in being present at the retreat center for this retreat, we advise you reserve early to ensure your space and accommodations.


Zoom Live Stream:   The fiber optic internet has finally been installed this week at the Yeru Retreat Center, so Yeru Bon Center’s Live stream will include the five-camera set up and students will have a more interactive Zoom Stream.   You will feel as if you are in the shrine room with Rinpoche in person.

All students participating in person or via Live Stream will have a direct link to the teaching folder which will have any teaching materials Rinpoche would like students to have and video recordings for the entire teaching.    You will be able to review and to have practice videos from Rinpoche to help you.



November 10, 2020
November 14, 2020