A Dharma Program for People over Fifty

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche will be guiding a multi-year program for people over fifty based on intensive practice of the Vajra Guru mantra. This program is suitable for people who have faith in Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava and would like to recite his mantras ten million times over a three year period. For most people this would amount to a commitment of two or more hours a day of practice, which could be done during formal practice, or when walking, driving, sitting on public transit or similar activity. For those who have not completed the foundational practices—the ngondro—this would be an alternative gateway to becoming a Dzogchen student of Rinpoche’s.

The importance of the accumulation of ten million vajra guru mantras was stressed by many masters of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, such as Patrul Rinpoche and Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s uncle had disciples who had good signs of accomplishment when they passed away, based on having done the ten million mantras then entering directly into Dzogchen practice. Himalayan elders often accumulate much more than ten million mantras. Some complete a hundred million or more.

The program will have simple group practice sessions once a month at a private home in Oakland as a support, lead by Naljorma Yudron. When Rinpoche is in town he will join us and teach whatever he feels is best. A certain number of participants from out of the area will be able to tune in via Skype.

The practice texts will be the short Dudjom Tersar ngondro and brief excerpts from The Supplication to Guru Rinpoche in Seven Chapters.

If you are interested, please sign up for our mailing list. The program will start in the summer of 2016.