Padling Tersar Preliminary Practices are based upon the Nyingma instructions found in The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche, the source text that will be used for this course. It is divided into two parts: (1) the common preliminary practices and (2) the uncommon preliminary practices. These are considered preliminary to entering the Path of Tantra. 

Following instructions on the proper way to listen to dharma teachings, the common preliminary practices consist of contemplations of (1) precious human birth, (2) impermanence of life, (3) the defects of samsara, and (4) karma (the principle of cause and effect). These are followed by brief instructions on the benefit of liberation and how to follow a spiritual teacher.

The second part addresses (1) refuge, (2) bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment), here divided into two sets of practice instructions, (3) Vajrasattva purification, (4) mandala offerings, (5) and Guru Yoga. (The text includes brief instructions on Chod and Phowa practices that are not included in this set of instructions.)

Each set of instructions will include expectations for doing the practices as described daily and keeping a record, followed by at least 30 days of additional sets of daily practice, completing a full 100 days of practice. Brief prayers or mantras may be done daily thereafter.

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