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The Four Preliminaries Teachings with Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol
November 17 @ 7:30 pm - November 24 @ 9:00 pm
The Four Preliminaries
Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol
Fridays 17 November & 24 November 7.30pm – 9.00pm AEST
“Just as the head is more important than the body, the preliminaries are more important than the main practice, because they generate the direction and motivation to pursue the spiritual path.”
We are looking forward to welcoming Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol again this Spring. We are looking forward to welcoming Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol again this spring. Khenpo will teach on the essential Buddhist contemplations: ‘The Four Preliminaries.’
Course Description for Friday 24 Nov 2023
The extraordinary preliminaries (Ngödro) are preliminary or foundational practices before Vajrayana practices. Common to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the purpose of Ngöndro practice is to purify obscurations associated with the body, speech and mind, before engaging in tantric practices. Ngöndro practice consists of contemplation, insight, purification, offering and devotion practices.
Course Description for Friday 17 Nov 2023
In Tibetan Buddhism, the “Four preliminaries” are also known as the “Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma.” These are seen as the foundational contemplations meant to prepare the practitioner to turn the mind to dharma, so that they can have a successful and meaningful practice. They help practitioners cultivate the right mindset, motivation and ethical foundation necessary for the spiritual path.
“They remind us of what is really important in life
And inspire us to use our time constructively
Instead of squandering it on meaningless and superficial activities.
Time passes very quickly,
And unless we recognize the urgency of our situation
by thoroughly and unflinchingly reflecting on these preliminary reminders,
We will dissipate our opportunities
And forfeit the things that are of real benefit to us.”
– Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche.
The Four Preliminaries are:
1. This Precious Human Body
3. Karmic Cause and Effect
4. The Dissatisfatory Nature of Samsara
This series of teachings by Khenpo Chonyi Randrol is suitable for all levels of practitioners. Whether you’re new or have been practicing for a long time, these four thoughts are extremely important in establishing a stable foundation for all Buddhist practices.
“Practicing these preliminaries serves three functions: they are good at the beginning, good in the middle, and good at the end.”
1. At the beginning, these contemplations encourage us to propel ourselves into spiritual practice.
2. In the middle, they help us to sustain our practice with diligence and vigor.
3. And at the end, they become an aid to our spiritual fulfilment.” – Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX.
Join us for this wonderful opportunity, as we explore The Four Preliminaries with Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol!
Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol became a monk at Thrangu Monastery Nepal at the age of six and in 1998 became the youngest Khenpo in the Monastery’s history. Khenpo-la was then appointed as a Teacher at the Monastic College for two years.
From 2003 to 2010, Khenpo-la served as the Principal of Shree Mangal Dvip School and since 2011, Khenpo-la has served as Abbot of Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery. From 2014 – 2016, Khenpo-la was appointed Vice President of the Nepal Buddhist Federation and is currently a senate member of Lumbini Buddhist University. In May 2022, Khenpo was newly appointed as the chairman (CEO) of Thrangu Monastery in Namo Buddha.
**The term khenpo (Tib. མཁན་པོ། mkhen po), or khenmo (in the feminine) is a degree for higher Buddhist studies given in Tibetan Buddhism. In the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Sakya traditions, the title is awarded usually after 13 years of intensive study after secondary school. It may roughly translate to either a bachelor’s degree or nowadays more likely to a degree in Buddhist Studies, equivalent to a PhD or MPhil. The degree is awarded to students who can publicly defend their erudition and mastery in at least five subjects of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, namely Prajñāpāramitā, Madhyamaka, Pramāṇa, Abhidharma, and Vinaya. After successfully passing their examination they are entitled to serve as teachers of Buddhism.
Book Your Tickets below. Discounts available (HCC Holder 10% (code: concession), Members 10% (code: member), Students 30% (code: student), Under35 30% (code: under35).
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