The Ngakpa Tradition
By Ngakpa Ga'wang
Mar 2, 2007, 11:56
The Inner Tantra teachings and practice style of the gö-kar-chang-lo'i-dé (or the White Sangha) is particularly relevant to people trying to integrate 'Tibetan' Buddhism with 'normal' family life in the modern world.
Yet it requires no less commitment from its practitioners, who are known as ngakpas (sngags pa, men) and ngakmos (sngags mo, women), than monastic samayas. Sadly the Tradition is neither widely known nor easily accessible outside the Himalayan region even though some of the best known Buddhist masters were in fact ngakpas including HH Dudjom Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
It is becoming more widely known and practised both in the Indian Sub-continent again and more particularly in the West, however, largely due to the efforts of Ven. Lopon P Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche and Ngak'chang Chogyam Rinpoche and his wife Khandro Déchen. HH Penor Rinpoche, although himself a monk, has also recently ordained a number of ngakpas.
This section of the Nyingma.com website is a starting point for anyone trying to make contact with the Ngakphang Tradition or just to find out more about it.
It is also where people already practising within the Tradition can let others know about their sangha and how to make contact.
If you are already practising within this tradition tell the world about your Lineage, your Lineage Holder, the style of practice and how to contact and advertise your planned events free. Either write to me, Ngakpa Ga'wang at firstname.lastname@example.org or the webmaster of Nyingma.com at email@example.com.
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