Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro 龍欽寧體前行法

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Field of Merit from the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro

Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་སྙིང་ཐིག་སྔོན་འགྲོ།, Wyl. klong chen snying thig sngon 'gro) — the root verses of the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro are mostly taken from the original terma of Longchen Nyingtik (‘the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse’) revealed by Jikmé Lingpa (1730-1798), and are therefore the vajra words of Guru Rinpoche himself. This profound and poetic revelation was then arranged and expanded by Jikmé Lingpa’s direct disciple, the First Dodrupchen, Jikmé Trinlé Özer (1745-1821), into its present form. Although we usually refer to this series of practices simply as the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro, its full title is ‘The Preliminary Practice of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik: The Excellent Path to Omniscience’.[1]


The Common or Outer Preliminaries

  • Blessing the Speech
  • Invoking the Lama
  • Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara
    • Free and Well-Favoured Human Birth
    • Impermanence
    • Karma: Cause and Effect
    • The Suffering of Samsara
  • Invoking the Lama's Compassion to Avoid Pitfalls on the Path

The Uncommon or Inner Preliminaries

Translations of the Root Text

  • Cortland Dahl, in Entrance to the Great Perfection: A Guide to the Dzogchen Preliminary Practices compiled, translated, and introduced by Cortland Dahl (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2009)
  • Rigpa Translations, in A Guide to the Practice of Ngöndro (Lodeve: The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2007)
LotsawaHouse-tag.png The Excellent Path to Omniscience: The Dzogchen Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik
  • Tulku Thondup, in The Dzogchen Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice (Dharamsala: LTWA, 1982)


Major Tibetan Commentaries Translated in English

Contemporary Commentaries


  1. ༄༅། །རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ཀློང་ཆེན་སྙིང་ཏིག་གི་སྔོན་འགྲོའི་ངག་འདོན་ཁྲིགས་སུ་བསྡེབས་པ་རྣམ་མཁྱེན་ལམ་བཟང་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ། །, rdzogs pa chen po klong chen snying thig gi sngon 'gro'i ngag 'don khrigs su bsdebs pa rnam mkhyen lam bzang
  2. Also available in A Guide to the Practice of Ngöndro, the Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2007.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid

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