Tröma Audio Series
Ngondro and Phowa
Ngondro means preliminary practice, and refers to the initial meditative practices that a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner must accomplish. These practices are also sustained throughout the stages of progression on the path, as the very core of ones meditation. The chanting on this CD is for the dakini Trma Nagmo preliminaries, which belong to the Ati Yoga tradition of the Nyingma School. This is a Terma revelation of the great Terton Heruka Dudjom Lingpa, and the melodies are a part of that sacred revelation. Sangye Khandro was taught these practices and the tunes by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.
The practice begins with no musical instruments, as one engages in the four contemplations that settle the mind and turn it towards meditative practice. After that there are chants for taking refuge in the tri-kaya dakini; cultivating compassion for all living beings; offering the universe, ones body and all states of mind to achieve the state of liberation; and the seven branch offering prayer. Next there is the tri-kaya dakini visualization-purification, and then the guru yoga practice, at which time the instruments are used. For more information on the meaning of the practice one must first receive an empowerment; however, anyone is welcome to listen to the sound of this sacred ritual.
The final aspect of ngondro is the phowa, or transference of consciousness. This practice involves preparing oneself for the moment of death and beyond, and again must be preceded by empowerment. The chants found on this CD are traditional melodies for some of the most advanced practices on the path Ati Yoga, leading to liberation in a single lifetime. It is our sincere hope that anyone who is interested in pursuing this path will seek out a qualified lineage master, in order to receive appropriate empowerments and teachings.