Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro

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Brief Introduction

The Longchen Nyingthig Preliminary Practices (ngondro) are the introductory practices to one of the most well-known lineages in the Nyingma tradition, the Longchen Nyingthig. This liturgy was arranged by Jigme Trinle Ozer, the main disciple of the Terton who revealed these teachings, Jigme Lingpa. Most of the material contained in the liturgy comes from the Longchen Nyingthig itself and from the Nyingthig Yabshi, the famous Dzogchen teachings compiled by Longchenpa. Numerous commentaries have been written on these preliminary practices, most notably Patrul Rinpoche's The Words of My Perfect Teacher.

The Sequence of Practice

Longchen Nyingthig Tshogshing
  • Session preliminaries:
    • Physcial preliminary - Seven-point posture of Vairochana
    • Speech preliminaries - Clearing of stale breath and recitation of the speech purification liturgy
    • Mental preliminaries - Correct motivation and invocation of the guru's blessings
  • Outer Preliminaries:
    • Contemplation of the freedoms and endowments
    • Contemplation of death & impermanence
    • Contemplation of karma: the principle of causality
    • Contemplation of the sufferings of samsara
    • Contemplation of the benefits of liberation
    • Contemplation of how one studies with a spiritual teacher
  • Inner Preliminaries:
  • Dedication of merit and concluding prayers

Tibetan Literature on the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro

Translated Literature on the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro

Published Books

  • Patrul Rinpoche (1994). Words of My Perfect Teacher. Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. San Francisco: HarperCollins.
  • Ngawang Pelzang, Khenpo (2004). A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher. Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. Boston: Shambhala Publications.
  • Thondup, Tulku (1982). Dzogchen: Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice. India: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.
  • An Elucidation of The Path To Excellent Omniscience. Translated by the Vajravairochana Translation Committee. Halifax: Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 1996.
  • Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche Tantric Practice in Nying-ma, Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins Co-edited by Anne Klein
  • Kün-zang la-may zhal-lung : the oral instruction of Kün-zang La-ma on the preliminary practices of Dzog-ch'en Long-ch'en Nying-tig, Vol. 1 & 2/3, compiled by O-rgyan-ʼjigs-med-chos-kyi-dbaṅ-po, translated by Sonam T. Kazi

Others Texts

Internal Links

Other References

  • Thondup, Tulku (1996) Masters of Meditation and Miracles. Boston: Shambhala Publications. - The most complete reference on the lineages and practices of the Longchen Nyingthig in the English language.

Alternate Names & Spellings

  • Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro
  • Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse Preliminary Practices
  • Heart Essence of the Great Expanse Preliminary Practices
  • Heart Essence of Lonchenpa Preliminary Practices

External Links

TBRC page on the Longchen Nyingthig
TBRC listing of the treatises contained in the Longchen Nyingthig root texts