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What do you need to do ngondro, the preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism?

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I don't have a home to do it. Is that ok?

Do I have to buy anything?

Can I do it before I take refuge?
asked Aug 18, 2013 in Shopping by pance (50,970 points)

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Although I don't practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, I have friends who have undertaken ngondro practice and I have followed their development in this tradition. My understanding is that ngondro is always undertaken under the guidance of a teacher. If you don't currently have a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, you might postpone ngondro training until you establish such a relationship by taking refuge.

Wikipedia has a good description of basic ngondro practice, and of the variations.

You don't need a home in which to do ngondro, although you will need some place to do formal practice, including the prostrations. Your teacher may ask you to purchase items such as a mala, used in counting repetitions.

Perhaps one of the folks who practices in the Tibetan tradition can offer more information. Best wishes in your training.
answered Aug 18, 2013 by ccee (307,900 points)
selected Aug 18, 2013 by pance