Ngondro Resources

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    For a ngondro reading list, go - here
    For a biography of the Karma Kagyu lineage, go - here
    For the Kagyu Refuge tree, with description (rollover image), go - here
    Here are the lines of refuge - here
    A short prostration aspiration by Sakya Pandita - here
    Here’s a great list of Spiritual Biographies list - here
    Mingyur Rinpoche talks about refuge and the nature of mind - here
    Khandro Rinpoche talks about the meaning of taking refuge - here
    Here’s Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s short teaching on refuge from his 2013 Steamboat visit - here
    Here’s an excellent article on the meaning of taking refuge - here
    A Commentary on the The Seven Branch Offering’ - here
    Here’s a short discussion of ‘confession’ and the ‘Four Powers’ - here
    An excellent explanation of the ‘four powers’ from Mingyur Rinpoche’s new book -  here
    Here’s a guide to practicing the refuge section of ‘The Nectar of the Simple Yogi’ - here
    Mingyur Rinpoche’s discusses ‘The Four Noble Truths and the Four Thoughts’ - here
    Here’s an excellent teaching on prostrations by the great Lama Gendun Rinpoche - here
    The meaning of the Vajrasattva mantra - here
     Mingyur Rinpoche’s lovely teaching of the ‘Kagyu Lineage and Guru Yoga’ - here

        Precious guru, I pray to you:
            Bless me that I may let go of this mind that fixates on self.
            Bless me that renunciation may take birth in my being.
            Bless me that unspiritual thoughts may come to an end.
            Bless me that I may realize my own mind to be unborn.
            Bless me that delusion may be pacified right on the spot.
            Bless me that all apparent existence may dawn as dharmakaya.

Any attempt to capture the direct experience of the nature of mind in words is impossible. The best that can be said is that it is immeasurably peaceful and, once stabilized through repeated experience, virtually unshakable. It’s an experience of absolute well-being that radiates through all physical, emotional and mental states - even those that might ordinarily be labeled as unpleasant.
— Mingyur Rinpoche