Ngakpa Society

"Two communities of Sutra and Mantra practitioners, shaven-headed monks and long-haired Yogins, with the view of the Middle Way and the conduct of the Vinaya, and the ultimate union of the generation and completion stages, the Great Perfection—This is the great secret tradition of Ancient Translations in the Land of Snows, With its six qualities of greatness."

"The great spiritual traditions of Tibet are known for their extraordinary monastic institutions and disciplined training of monks and nuns. Yet, side by side, there has existed another, equally vital and important tradition. This is the way of the Ngakpa—the yogi or yogini, man or woman, who lives fully in both the material world and the world of spirit. For a thousand years these brave spiritual warriors strode directly into life, either as solitary wanderers or integrating their spiritual wisdom with the activity of the community. Today, the Diaspora from Tibet has created strong monastic communities in Nepal and India. Yet, the less known Ngakpa tradition, dwelling on the fringe of institutionalized religion and rigid hierarchies, is well suited for preservation by integration into our modern world and requires this preservation of its unique existence and spiritual identity."

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