Gomde Scotland – Tara’s Triple Excellence Preliminaries (Ngondro) Retreat for 10 days with Lama Tenzin.

This spring, Gomde Scotland will host our second TTE retreat, this year it will be based on the Ngöndro practices of the Third Excellence, part III.

In this retreat, Lama Tenzin will give instructions on and we will train together in the extraordinary preliminary practices which consist of: taking Refuge and doing Prostrations, cultivating Bodhicitta, reciting and visualizing Vajrasamaya, offering the Mandala, and practicing Guru Yoga.

If you are interested and would like more details, please email info@gomdescotland.org .

Anyone interested in the practice of Ngondro is welcome to join the retreat, with particular encouragement for Tara’s Triple Excellence program participants. By attending this retreat, you will gain a significant insight in to the Third Excellence Part III.

The Triple Excellence online meditation program established by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, in which the profound pith instructions known as The Triple Excellence come directly from Tara, female Buddha of wisdom in action, and they reveal a complete path to awakening that covers all three vehicles of Buddhism from the Vajrayana perspective. Nothing is left out. The instructions were received directly from Tara by the great terton Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) and have since been passed down in an unbroken precious lineage of accomplished gurus. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, a close descendant of the great treasure revealer himself, received Tara’s Triple Excellence from his own masters.

The retreat will be under the guidance of Lama Tenzin Sangpo, and will involve at least two intensive sessions of group sadhana practice each day, interspersed with guiding instructions by Lama Tenzin.

Daily Retreat Schedule

The retreat will unfold over ten days. We will begin on the morning of May 4th and finish on May 12th 2020. It would be best if you can arrive by 4pm on May 3rd for an orientation meeting.

There will be four group sessions per day, at least one of which will be dedicated to the practice of the Outer Tara Sadhana. During the other sessions we will receive explanations and instructions from Lama Tenzin and be guided by him in meditation and particular contemplations.

Approximate Timetable (subject to change)

1st session                 6.00 – 8.00

Breakfast              8.30 – 9.30

2nd session              10.00 – 12.00

Lunch                        12.30 – 1.30

3rd session                2.00 – 4.00

Afternoon tea

Teachings with Lama Tenzin  5.00 – 6.00

Dinner                           6.00 – 7.00

4th session               7.00 – 9.00              

Registration, Payment and Costs

This retreat is open to all who are interested in the instructions on the Preliminaries (Ngondro). These teaching will be based on the Third Excellence, part III of the Tara’s Triple Excellence Programme, and if you wish to practice it, it is best if participants have already received the Inner Tara empowerment from an authentic master.

Our shrine hall in the woodland is small, and to ensure everyone is comfortable we restrict the numbers to 16 practitioners. Once that number is reached, we will prepare a waiting list.

Registration is open until 27th April and final payments arranged by this date.

To register, please go to the event listing and click the register button or email us direct at info@gomdescotland.org.

For any questions please contact info@gomdescotland.org. It is important to tell us of any specific dietary and health requirements you may have. Do try to bring the personal items you will need, but we will also have retreat helpers on hand with local knowledge, whose job it will be to keep us all as comfortable as possible.


To secure your place on the retreat we request you make a deposit of £200. If you cancel BEFORE 13th April we can refund 50%. Refunds after that date will be dependent on if we can fill your place. Please note your registration is not confirmed until this initial deposit is received.

Please arrange for the full balance to be paid before the start of the retreat.

Bank details for transfers are:

Bank of Scotland, 102 High Street, Forres, IV36 2OP

Account Name: Gomde Trust

Account No. 06020261

Sort Code: 80 06 81


IBAN: GB90 BOFS 8006 8106 0202 61

For online payment options through Paypal, please use this link:

In the event of the retreat filling quickly and your name going to a waiting list, we will keep you informed and return your deposit.

Please understand that our accommodation at Gomde Scotland is very basic and still largely under construction. There are a single and shared wooden retreat huts which are not yet insulated. We are currently building shower and toilet facilities, which hut dwellers/campers will be able to use. There will also be rooms available with one of our neighbours, and in nearby towns and villages.

Additional Costs & Offerings

Our teachers, atterndants & translators do not receive any payment for their time and for the teachings. Gomde Pyrénées will make a small offering to them at the end of the program, but we encourage you to make a personal donation to them should you have the financial resources and as an expression of your appreciation for their offerings in time and dharma teachings. 

Retreat Costs (teachings, translation, utilities, food & accommodation)

Gomde Scotland is keeping the cost of this precious retreat as low as possible, so that it can be affordable to all. All categories are inclusive of all meals and full support during the retreat.

Full ten days retreat (accommodation from 3rd to 13th May 2020)

In single accommodation (bedding provided) all inclusive, we suggest a contribution of £460

There are very few single wooden cabins, so if you would like to guarantee a room of your own, please register and prepay the full amount as soon as possible, as it is on a first come first served basis, depending on whether you have paid in full. The cost for 10 days in a single cabin on the land will be £460 inclusive, and you need to pay the full amount in advance by bank transfer or paypal by 27th April.

In a shared retreat hut (bedding provided) all inclusive £350

NB. We have a sliding scale for shared accomodation, so people can give according to their income: £380 will add a little to help the development of Gomde and £280 is the lowest, discounted rate, for students or people without income, which will only just about cover costs.

Camping: if you are interested in this option, please contact us at: info@gomdescotland.org

Accommodation off-site

This applies if you choose to stay in privately organised accommodation off site. You will pay your host direct, and the retreat cost will be reduced to £300 for 10 days, payable to Gomde, to cover all meals, teachings, Lama travel and other resources. For those interested in this option, please contact us: info@gomdescotland.org

Bursary Fund

These suggested contributions are based on the costs that will include flying our teachers and translators over to Gomde, and hosting participants and helpers for the retreat. It also is based on the idea of contributing a small donation to support Gomde’s growth and development. Taking this into account we have tried to make the price as affordable as possible. However, should you really wish to participate and the only thing keeping you from coming is a financial concern, please contact us and we will do our best to make an arrangement that will work for you, because we know even though we are keeping costs to a minimum, some people will still not be able to afford to come on the retreat.

If this applies to you, please let us know: info@gomdescotland.org

Likewise, if you are able to give a little extra, it means that together we can support genuine practitioners who could not otherwise attend.

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