Ngondro Retreat

Ngondro Retreat

Anuttarayoga Extraordinary Preliminaries

Preparation is the secret to success. And the profound Buddhist Mantrayana path is no exception. That’s why lamas emphasize one practice so much: ngondro, the extraordinary preliminaries.

This retreat qualifies as the third year of The Complete Path. It will be held from 15th to 30th August, and you will receive the major empowerment of Buddha Hevajra, the transmission of the ngondro practice and an explanation on how to develop it in retreat or as a daily practice.

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Ngondro are the preliminary practices of Mantrayana Buddhism and a central element of all Tibetan schools. With them, we lay the essential foundation for understanding and practicing Buddhism’s most powerful teachings: Anuttarayoga Tantra.

The Extraordinary Ngondro practices allow us to accumulate merit, purify our obscurations and be prepared to receive the blessing on the Mantrayana path. – HH 41st Sakya Trizin

The ngondro practices consist of six meditations. Doing them will transform your body, speech and mind into suitable vessels so that you can take full advantage of the Mantrayana teachings. Each of the meditations fulfills a particular goal:

  • Taking Refuge: settles in the spiritual path
  • Generating Bodhicitta: perfects aspiration
  • Prostrations: reduce pride
  • Vajrasattva: purifies negative karma
  • Mandala Offering: accumulates merit
  • Guru Yoga: prepares you to receive blessings

Each meditation is practiced 100,000 times. Such a number is not an obstacle to the practice, but one of its advantages: the difficulty in doing so allows you to work with the mind’s resistance, limitations and weaknesses. At the same time, it creates the necessary inner space for the transformation and transcendence that characterize Mantrayana.

“On the spiritual path, mastering the preliminaries is equivalent to winning the war. The rest of practices, no matter how allegedly advanced or sophisticated, are only technical battles.” (Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen)

The retreat will be held at the Centro Internacional de Estudios Budistas from 15th to 30th August.

  1. Introduction to Mantrayana (online, available until 15 August)
    In this course, accessible through our website, Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen will explain the fundamentals of Mantrayana Buddhism.
  2. Hevajra Empowerment
    HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the Hevajra Cause Empowerment (wang), the main Buddha of the Sakya Lineage. This empowerment will be given to small groups over two days.
  3. Initiations: Orange Manjushri and Vajrapani Bhutadamara
    His Eminence will bestow these two initiations (jenang). The practices of Manjushri and Vajrapani are very appreciated in the Sakya Lineage and constitute an excellent resource for ngondro practitioners.
  4. Transmission of the Ngondro Liturgy
    His Eminence will transmit the ngondro practice.
  5. Teachings on Ngondro
    Lama Rinchen will explain how to carry out the six meditations that compose the extraordinary preliminaries. Each session will combine theory, practice and time for questions and answers.

(Attending this ngondro retreat does not imply commitments to practice.)

The teachings of Lama Rinchen from will be simultaneously translated from Spanish into English.

HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche – Younger son of HH Gongma Trichen Rinpoche and brother of HH the 42nd Sakya Trizin. He’s a high-level Sakya Lineage holder and both a learned and accomplished master

More info about H.H Gyana Vajra Spain Tour in the following link: Spain tour schedule H.H. Gyana Vajra

Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen – Resident teacher at CIDEB. He received the title of tantric master (dorje loppon) from HH Gongma Trichen Rinpoche and since then he has guided several traditional Mantrayana retreats, bestowed initiations and translated these precious teachings from Tibetan into English and Spanish.

  • Mahayana Buddhists.
  • Students who have successfully completed the first and second years of the The Complete Path in other centres

To practice the extraordinary preliminaries, you will need to bring:

  • A mandala plate
  • A mala (Buddhist rosary)
  • A meditation cushion

These items will also be available in the CIDEB shop.


  • Empowerment + Initiations + Teachings: 440€niciación + Enseñanzas: 440€

Friends of the Fundación Sakya will receive the corresponding discount on this amount

Lodging (15 nights)

  • Full board, individual room: 840€ (56€/night) ***SOLD OUT***
  • Full board, double room: 660€ (44€/night) ***SOLD OUT***
  • Full board, female quad room: 600€ (40€/night)***SOLD OUT***
  • Full board, male quad room: 600€ (40€/night)***SOLD OUT***
  • Full board, female dormitory: 495€ (33€/night) ***AVAILABLE***
  • Full board, male dormitory: 495€ (33€/night)***SOLD OUT***
  • Full board double room in shared apartment 100m far away of the monastery 675€ (45€/night)***AVAILABLE***

(Shared rooms are separated by gender.)

*** It’s NOT necessary to stay overnight in the monastery***  Here you can find more info about lodging near the monastery

Receiving such detailed teachings on ngondro in the West is a unique opportunity. Register now to go deeper with these ancient and powerful practices.