INSEPARABLE: Connecting with The Ultimate Guru (based on Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s Cascading Waterfall of Nectar)
Ngondro practice, while quite literally meaning “before going”, is a complete representation of Vajrayana practice and can be studied and practiced on a multitude of levels. A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, in the same way, while by name a commentary on the foundational practices, has many layers that can be studied with great reward by everyone from new practitioners up to the most seasoned. In this course Sam Bercholz will explain some of the key points in this profound text, and aim to set the proper point of view and understanding for continued study of it for whatever level of understanding the listener is ready to receive. This particular program will focus on the sections regarding Guru devotion, both toward the outer and inner Guru, and the relation of that to the practice of Ngondro. The Guru is indispensible in Vajrayana practice, however one must not only think of the outer, physical form of the Guru in this regard, but also the essence or inner Guru. Through practice, we can connect with the ultimate Guru, which is beyond a particular form or time.
Sam Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of Shambhala Publications. He has been a close disciple of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was empowered by them to teach. He has taught extensively in North America, Europe, and Australasia. He was particularly empowered by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche to teach from A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar.
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