ONLINE Winter retreat on the Ngondros – Preliminary Practices on the Vajrayana Buddhist path

With Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

December 27 - 31, 2020

Date and Time Details: From 27 December at 7am till 31 December at 20:30

Location: via Zoom, organised by RIC

Address: Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the start of the retreat.

Program Contact: Begoña.
Phone: +41 (0) 31 984 0355.

Ngön dro retreat with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

27 – 31 December 2020

Ngon-dro or Preliminary Practices are the foundation and entrance to all the Tibetan / Vajrayana Buddhism practices. It comprises the common and extraordinary parts. The common part is called so because it is shared by the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. It consists of the four contemplations that turn the mind away from samsara, namely, the difficulty of finding a precious human life, the death and impermanence of life, the flaws of samsara and the karma or principle of cause and effect. Becoming aware of these, our mind rest in a condition in which we can practice in a deeper and more authentic way; moreover, taking these contemplations into our daily life will help us live every moment with the intensity of its uniqueness.

This retreat is addressed to all students engaged in the Ripa lineage tradition; it is a unique opportunity to receive precious teachings, guidance and instructions directly from Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, as a way to either enter or consolidate our practice, independently of which Preliminary practice we are accumulating at the moment. For those who have already completed their Ngon-dro practice, it will serve as precious reminder of this complete and unique path to Enlightenment. 

It is further addressed all those who wish to enter and develop their commitment in the Vajrayana path of Buddhism. 

The extraordinary or special preliminary practices belong to Mahayana tradition and help purify our body, speech and mind though the accumulation of prostrations, taking refuge in the Three Jewels, arousing the Bodhichitta, the Vajrasattva’s hundred-syllable mantra recitation to cleanse the negative deeds, the Mandala offering for accumulating merit, and the Guru Yoga practice, in which our mind can actually attain the highest realization of unveiling its true nature.

Due to this, many accomplished masters acknowledge Ngon-dro as the most important and complete practice. Though being the gate to further practices of the generation and completion stages, it shouldn’t be considered merely as something to pass through as a means to get elsewhere, but as a whole path to Enlightenment.

Pre-requisites: Having taken refuge in the Three Jewels.

SCHEDULE IN EUROPE (CET – GMT+1) – Please download the pdf below for RIPA global scheduling

Global Ripa Schedule

Lhasang (broadcast from RIC) 07h – 08h
Personal or group accumulation at home or in your local Ripa Center 09h – 10:30
Teaching with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche 11h – 13:30
Meal time / personal practice
Teaching with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche 14:30 – 16:30
Personal or group accumulation at home or in your local Ripa Center 17h – 18:30
Protectors (broadcast from RIC) 19:30 – 20:30



We would like to make these teachings accessible to as many people as possible. In order to do so, we are introducing three different types of teaching donation:

Benefactor rate – members and non-members who can afford to pay a bit more, help the center and compensate for those in financial difficulties

Normal rate – members and non-members

Reduced rate – members and non-members in financial difficulties from countries with a lower cost of living.

You are welcome to contribute the donation that best suits your budget and your situation!

Benefactor: CHF 240.–    Normal: CHF 190.–     Reduced: CHF 120.–

Should you encounter financial difficulties, please contact us!

The Zoom link will be sent to participants a few days before the start of the retreat.


Onsite participation at RIC:

If you live near the Ripa International Center and the travelling restrictions allow it, you are more than welcome to come to RIC and do the retreat on site. Please write directly to: for prices and reservation.

Should a small group of practitioners be gathered for this occasion, we will self-manage the organisation of meals and cleaning.

About the Teacher

Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is a master of Buddhist meditation and philosophy under the Kagyu and Nygma traditions. Born in India in October 1970, he is the heir to the Ripa spiritual lineage, a line of reincarnated lamas that dates … More