Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro

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Field of Merit from the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro

Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་སྙིང་ཐིག་སྔོན་འགྲོ།, Wyl. rigpawiki klong chen snying thig sngon 'gro) — the root verses of the Longchen Nyingtik rigpawiki Ngöndro rigpawiki are mostly taken from the original terma of Longchen Nyingtik rigpawiki (‘the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse’) revealed by Jikmé Lingpa rigpawiki (1730-1798), and are therefore the vajra words of Guru Rinpoche rigpawiki 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 rigpawiki
  • Invoking the Lama's Compassion to Avoid Pitfalls on the Path

The Uncommon or Inner Preliminaries

Translations of the Root Text

  • Tulku Thondup, in The Dzogchen Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice (Dharamsala: LTWA, 1982)
  • Rigpa Translations, in A Guide to the Practice of Ngöndro (Lodeve: The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2007). The root text was translated mostly in 1981 by Sogyal Rinpoche and Patrick Gaffney.
  • 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)
  • Anne C. Klein, Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission (Snow Lion Publications, 2009).


Contemporary Commentaries

  • Tulku Thondup, Enlightened Journey—Buddhist Practice as Daily Life, Boston & London, Shambhala, 1995.
  • Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, Tantric Practice in Nyingma, trans. & ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins, co-edited by Anne Klein, Snow Lion, 1986.
  • Tulku Thondup, The Dzogchen Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice, LTWA, 1982.


  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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