Q: Rinpoche, can we practice Shamatha without practicing, or before Ngöndro?
A: Yes, absolutely. Shamatha and Vipassana is a foundation of the preliminary.
Preliminary, preliminary practice, the Ngöndro practice is basically a Ngushi [primary] practice , and as well as a Ngöndro practice.
You know, many people they think that Ngöndro practice is little bit like a “preliminary”, little bit like a “preliminary practice”, it’s not! “Preliminary practice” is Shamatha and Vipassana. And once you have more than enough convincing evidence within your own analytical studies and conclusion, then you come to the conclusion that “preliminary practice is needed”, “Deity practice is needed”, “Dharma is important”, and so on.
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