FAQ for Prospective Students.

Which Ngondro will we be practicing?

Answer: you can choose to practice the Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro, the Chetsun Nyingtik Ngondro, or to continue a Ngondro that you are currently practicing.. If you are currently practicing a Ngondro, Rinpoche has said that “there is no need to switch, but if you want to switch (to the LNN or CNN) you can if you want”. Once you have committed to a Ngondro in this Ngondro Gar, it is best not to switch to a different Ngondro until you have completed the first one.

Will I be required to report my practice hours?

Answer: Yes. You will have an account on the Ngondro Gar website and will be required to report your hours there day 1 to day 3 of each month. Rinpoche, the Administrator and the instructors will be able to see your progress.

Will this Ngondro Gar be open to all students?

Answer: Yes. Some students will be transferring in from the previous Dharma Das program, and new students can also join. New students can join at any time.

How can I apply to join the NDG?

Answer: you can access to NDG website and fill out registration form. After you submit the form, the Administrator of the NDG will contact you.

What will happen if I cannot keep up with the practice hours I have committed to?

Answer: The purpose of the NDG is to provide a platform and online community to support consistent daily practice. Consistency is the key to progress in practice. If you cannot keep up with the required minimum hours of daily practice, you will not be able to continue in the NDG. The instructors will help you as much as possible to avoid this happening.

Can I get hours credit for other practices that I do in addition to Ngondro?

Answer; No, only Ngondro practice will count in your total hours.

What practice resources will there be?

Answer: On the website there will be a Practice Resources section with information and instruction about each of the Ngondro sections. In addition, all students should have 2 books: “Not For Happiness” by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and “The Words of My Perfect Teacher” by Patrul Rinpoche.

Can I accumulate hours in a retreat?

Answer: Yes. If a student attends a practice intensive or personal retreat for 7 or more days, with at least 8 hours of practice per day, then each day can count as 24 hours. Only practices listed in the NDG curriculum can be counted.