Ösel Nyingtig FAQs

Ösel Nyingtig FAQs

No, but at the end of the Dakini Ngöndro retreat you will be able to schedule an interview if you choose to join Ösel Nyingtig. After the interview, if it seems like a good fit, you can join the Ösel Nyingtig program. At that point you will receive a Kalyanamitra (Spiritual Mentor) who you can meet with monthly, and you will have access to Zoom calls, as well as webcasts and be able to attend the Yeshe Tsogyal teaching in 2021 and go on to Tröma Cycle the following year. Your interview will take place either at the retreat or afterwards and you will also fill out the application before the interview.

This ngöndro could really be a lifelong practice. However, by receiving the teaching, one commits to a one year samaya. This means doing this practice without missing a single day. This practice is estimated to take from 1 to 1.5 hrs per day.

After completing a full year of samaya, those continuing with the Yeshe Tsogyal cycle will receive the Yeshe Tsogyal sadhana to practice for a year. It is recommended and highly encouraged, however, to continue to do the Ngöndro (or at least read the text) before doing the sadhana.

In this practice, one’s progress is not evaluated on the basis of accumulating hundreds of thousands of recitations but rather on one’s meditative experiences and the time one invests.

Yes. The Dakini Ngöndro will also be offered in Germany by Tulku Ösel Dorje from June 9 – 14, 2020. We will also offer the Dakini Ngöndro again in 2022. Also Anne Klein (Lama Rigdzin Drolma) and Harvey Aronson (Lama Namgyel) are teaching this in Texas through Dawn Mountain.

You are welcome to join the Ösel Nyingtig program after having received these teachings at any location with any teacher. 

The teachings in this retreat are suitable for anyone who has had several years in Vajrayana practice. Some familiarity with teachings on Prajñaparamita, Chöd, and Green Tara is highly recommended. This practice, however, is open to anyone who has a heartfelt intuitive connection with the Ösel Nyingtig and is inspired to do this practice which offers a complete path to awakening.


We expect to offer the Dakini Ngöndro retreat at Tara Mandala in 2022, at which time interviews will be given at the end of that retreat to anyone interested in entering the Yeshe Tsogyal cycle (First Cycle). 

Similarly, we expect to offer the Tröma Empowerment and teachings for the practice of Tröma in 2022 for those who have done the Yeshe Tsogyal practices (Dakini Ngöndro and the Yeshe Tsogyal Sadhana) or have finished another Ngöndro. Anyone interested in joining The Exceedingly Secret Tröma cycle (Second Cycle) will be able to apply and be interviewed at that time.

We encourage any member of our Magyu program to first consult with their personal Kalyanamitra in order to determine readiness to undertake the practices that form part of the Ösel Nyingtig cycle. Being a student in two different cycles (i.e. Magyu and Ösel Nyingtig) simultaneously should not be taken lightly, but it is possible. 

After consultation and with the support of your Kalyanamitra, you can attend the Dakini Ngöndro retreat to receive the ngöndro teachings. You can then be interviewed and accepted into the First Cycle of the Ösel Nyingtig program. Only after completion of the First Cycle, you have the opportunity to join the Second Cycle.

After submission of your application we will notify you that your application has been received within 2 business days. Please email registrar@taramandala.org for any questions pertaining to your application.

No, but there is also no ongoing support, access to additional content, or webcasts, kalyanamitra, etc. Dana is, however, part of the tradition for all teachings at Tara Mandala.

There is the opportunity to apply for a scholarship (based on need) to cover part of the annual fee, but the monthly support cannot be waived.

We highly recommend that anyone looking to gain a stronger foundation in Buddhism attend our foundational retreats: 

  • Walking the Buddha’s Path to Genuine Happiness (formerly Sutrayana) – ONLINE
  • Opening the Heart of Compassion (formerly Mahayana) – ONLINE
  • Vajrayana – Onsite

These retreats provide the appropriate foundation to then receive further teachings in Vajrayana Buddhism including the teachings in the Ösel Nyingtig cycle.

It is recommended Ösel Nyingtig participants complete our Three Yanas retreats in the first three years of Ösel Nyingtig. These retreats give a rich and necessary historical and practice framework for your path. The first two retreats are going to be offered online in 2020:

  • Walking the Buddha’s Path to Genuine Happiness (formerly Sutrayana) – ONLINE
  • Opening the Heart of Compassion (formerly Mahayana) – ONLINE
  • Vajrayana – Onsite

You are eligible to apply for the Ösel Nyingtig program after receiving the Dakini Ngöndro teachings anywhere that they are being offered.