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Overview of the Ösel Nyingtig Path

Overview of the Ösel Nyingtig Path

There are two cycles that are part of this path:

First Cycle 
The Cycle for Accomplishing the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal from the Ösel Nyingtig

Second Cycle
The Exceedingly Secret Troma: The Perfection of Secret Primordial Wisdom Cycle from the Ösel Nyingtig

The First Cycle

The Cycle for Accomplishing the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal from the Ösel Nyingtig

The first cycle that focuses on the enlightened Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal is open to everyone and has no prerequisites. In this first collection of teachings there is the Dzogchen Dakini Ngöndro (Preliminary Practices) known as The Excellent Path of Great Bliss and a practice for Accomplishing White Tsogyal known as the Glorious Treasure of Great Bliss. Unlike most Ngöndros, these preliminary practices are permeated with the profound Dzogchen view and this unique lineage centers around the enlightened feminine. In this practice we will encounter Yeshe Tsogyal along with other female wisdom emanations including Samanatabhadrī, the feminine aspect of the Primordial Buddha and the embodiment of the Ground of Being, Prajñapārāmita the embodiment of wisdom, Vajra Vārāhī the fierce Dakini, Machig Labdrön founder of the Chöd lineage, and Green Tārā the embodiment of compassion in action. The teachings found within this lineage will express the ultimate significance of what is meant by dakini.

Due to the necessities of these times, this exceptional Dakini Ngöndro from A.dzom Rinpoche’s Ösel Nyingtig terma cycle was revealed at the behest of Lama Tsultrim Allione and was transcribed with the help of Tulku Ösel Dorje at Tara Mandala. This cycle for accomplishing the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal was first revealed in Tibet at Yeshe Tsogyal’s birthplace.  At that time Yeshe Tsogyal actually revealed her face to A.dzom Rinpoche.

Should the causes and auspicious interdependent conditions come together more of this cycle could be revealed and more instructions may come forth in the future.

Prerequisites

According to A.dzom Rinpoche’s instructions this path is being made accessible to everyone who feels a connection to this profound lineage. The teachings found within this practice are considered advanced because they carry the direct blessings of the Dakini’s enlightened mind that can directly reveal one’s own naked awareness.

Practice Requirements

The emphasis in this lineage is meditation practice; therefore, the only commitment that comes with this Ngöndro practice is to commit to practice the Dakini Ngöndro every day for a year, without missing a day.  In the event that one does not have sufficient time to complete a full practice session, reading the text is sufficient for maintaining the commitment. 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 through maintaining the continuity of one’s practice.

For those who have maintained this commitment for the first year, the special practice for Accomplishing the White Tsogyal will be given.  Also, for those who complete the practice requirements, there will be an opportunity in the second year to receive the Tröma’s Chöd practice from the Ösel Nyingtig known as “The Self-liberation of Ego Cling.”

Practice Support

Each student enrolled in the Yeshe Tsogyal and Tröma cycles will receive a Kalyanamitra or Spiritual Friend, who is authorized to provide monthly personal practice support, through email contact, Skype or phone calls, as well as personal meetings. These monthly check-ins may be anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on your spiritual guidance needs.  This practice support is available throughout the Yeshe Tsogyal and Troma programs.

Please read also the Ösel Nyingtig Financial Commitment ›

The Second Cycle

The Exceedingly Secret Troma: The Perfection of Secret Primordial Wisdom Cycle from the Ösel Nyingtig

In the winter of 2002, during a Chöd retreat in the canvas yurt at Tara Mandala before there were any buildings, in the midst of many auspicious signs, A.dzom Rinpoche began to reveal the exalted Practice for Accomplishing Tröma known as “Secret Primordial Wisdom.” This was the first of many Ösel Nyingtig termas to be revealed at Tara Mandala under extraordinary circumstances by A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche.  Since then the cycle has been practiced in secret by those who received it. After eighteen years of secrecy, A.dzom Rinpoche has asked Lama Tsultrim and Tulku Ösel Dorje to begin to share this extremely profound cycle in the West. 

In the summer of 2020, we will begin our journey together on this profound path for accomplishing secret primordial wisdom. This extraordinary Troma revelation offers a complete and succinct path to liberation. Inspiring confidence in this extraordinary cycle on Tröma Nagmo, Guru Rinpoche states in The Special Instructions on the Exceedingly Secret Troma that “Even if you were to actually meet me, Padma Sambhava, you would not receive a greater instruction than this.” 

This cycle on Tröma Nagmo contains The Practice for Accomplishing Tröma, which includes the Ganachakra Feast of Tröma — the Primordial Wisdom Sphere that was first taught in early 2002-2003 at Tara Mandala.  What has never been taught openly until now are The Special Instructions on the Exceedingly Secret Tröma known as the perfection of Secret Primordial Wisdom and Troma’s Practice of Severance (Chöd) known as The Self-liberation of Ego Cling.  Together these practices offer a complete path for accomplishing secret primordial wisdom based on the enlightened wrathful black Dakini Tröma Nagmo.

Duration

The Secret Primordial Wisdom program will span five years:

  • In the First Year, according to A.dzom Rinpoche’s wishes, Lama Tsultrim will offer the participants the recently revealed Tröma Empowerment (Tib. wang), the oral transmission (Tib. lung), and the explanation (Tib. tri) for the practice of Tröma and the Primordial Wisdom Sphere Feast Offering (Tsog). 
  • In the Second Year, for those who have maintained the practice requirement of the first year, The Special Instruction on the Exceedingly Secret Tröma known as The Perfection of Secret Primordial Wisdom will be offered. The bulk of the practice instructions in this cycle are found in this text. This Practice contains a series of Dzogchen practices that focus on the black wrathful wisdom dakini Tröma Nagmo in the Dharmakāya form. This extraordinary text concludes with a set of five instructions known as The Instantaneous Method for Purifying Deluded Awareness and Appearances that will be given over a period of time as one’s practice develops.  These teachings will be given over the subsequent four years. These instructions culminate in the highest Dzogchen practices of Tregchö (Cutting Through) and Tögal (Leap Over). During the second year, students will also have the opportunity to receive Tröma’s practice of Chöd, the supreme form of generosity known as ‘The Self-liberation of Ego Cling.’ However, this Chöd practice will be open not only to those within this lineage, but also to other students who have experience in the practice of Chöd practices or have completed another Ngondro.

Prerequisites

This cycle on the black wrathful wisdom dakini Tröma Nagmo is open to those who have completed at least one full Ngöndro or have completed requirements for the Dakini Ngöndro (one year of daily practice as described above). A special exception can be made for those students of A.dzom Rinpoche who were present during the revelation of this Tröma cycle at Tara Mandala on a case by case basis. The teachings found within this cycle are permeated with the secret Dzogchen teachings and are considered extremely esoteric and advanced.

Practice Requirements

The emphasis in this lineage is meditation practice; therefore, the only commitment that comes with this Ngöndro practice is to commit to practice the Dakini Ngöndro every day for a year, without missing a day.  In the event that one does not have sufficient time to complete a full practice session, reading the text is sufficient for maintaining the commitment. 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 through maintaining the continuity of one’s practice.

Practice Support

Each student enrolled in the Yeshe Tsogyal and Troma cycles will receive a Kalyanamitra or Spiritual Friend, who is authorized to provide monthly personal practice support, through email contact, Skype or phone calls, as well as personal meetings. These monthly check-ins may be anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on your spiritual guidance needs.  This practice support is available throughout the Yeshe Tsogyal and Troma programs.

Please read also the Ösel Nyingtig Financial Commitment »

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