I believe Foreplay1 by Ngakma Nor’dzin is a very good book. Although the presentation of The Four Thoughts is entirely Western and hence accessible for people living modern lifestyles, I found she has a profound understanding of the subject from the perspective of the Nyingma Lineage. It is clear that she has closely followed her teacher’s words and displays well her inner realisations.
I am glad that in this degenerate time we have such wonderful Western practitioners. I rejoice that through the inspiring guidance of Ven. Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen, students like Ngakma Nor’dzin Pamo are able to gain genuine realisation. I look forward to more writings for Western readers of the same high standard in the future.
With lots of prayers and thugs-dam-dgons’phel!
Lopön P. Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche
Littlebourne, Kent on 23rd November 2004
1. ‘Foreplay’ was the working title of Spacious Passion – a play on words with regard to these teachings being a ngöndro (preliminary practice before the main practice) and having four parts. Khandro Déchen later suggested the title ‘Spacious Passion’.