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Refuge ngondro retreat: Questions and answers

Refuge ngondro retreat: Questions and answers

Part of a series of talks given during the Refuge Ngondro Winter Retreat in 2016.

  • Chanting the mantra
  • The purpose and benefits of the retreat
  • How do you plan what lamrim meditations to do?
  • Using the thought training verses to work with afflictions that arise
  • Using the lamrim outlines for meditation
  • The sequence and structure of the practice session
  • Doing other practices and commitments during the retreat
  • Activities between sessions, what helps and what doesn’t
  • How to hold your mind during the break times
  • How to deal with the anxiety of completing the number of mantra recitations
  • Some antidotes to sleepiness and restlessness during the sessions

Refuge retreat: Questions and answers (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.