The preliminary practices
The Ngondro set of preliminary practices is a fundamental basis for the practice of Tantra in Tibetan Buddhism. Part of Ngondro are the five special practices meant to increase the positive karmic imprints and purify the negative ones. These are also preparatory practices for the ‘Mahamudra’, the Great Seal.
- 23rd July Fire Puja to Vajradaka
On the sides of the Borobudur stupa-mandala of Central Java are carved several sutras in the form of bas-reliefs. The longest one with 450 panels is Sudana the merchants son’s quest for enlightenment. The Buddha sends him to the South, to meet Manjushri and then Manjushri sends him on a pilgrimage on which he meets 50 other gurus, in the form of monks, a nun, wives, mothers, businessmen, a sailor, school children, yogis, kings and queens, gods and goddesses, a school teacher, artisans and doctors. Each one explains one aspect of the bodhisattva path to Sudana who under their guidance of the final gurus, Maitreya and Samantabhadra evolves into a bodhisattva with direct understanding of reality, fully commited to working for the benefit of humanity.
Practices of NgalSo tantric Self-Healing
17th July Ngalso Tantric Self Healing
18th July Making Peace with the Environment
19th July Heruka Chakrasamvara
20th July Vajrayogini
21st July Kalachakra
22nd July Guhyasamaja
23rd July Guhyasamaja together with the World Peace Protector