Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Job Position Open at Tsegyalgar East

Tsegyalgar East is in search of a practitioner in our community interested in the Secretary position at Tsegyalgar East. The Secretary position is physically located in the Gar’s Schoolhouse in Conway, Massachusetts. This is a paid position of up to 30 hours per week at a gross hourly rate of $13. The position appointment is for up to 3 years, with renewal possible on Gakyil approval.

During Rinpoche’s visit to the Gar this past summer, 2015, He communicated His wishes for us to grow and develop our North American Dzogchen Community. For this reason, our intention is for the new incoming Secretary to spend up to half of these 30 hours working with the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil and North American community to create a foundation, centered on human connection and proactive communication, for persons newly interested in Choegyal Namkhai Norbu’s Teachings.

Responsibilities also include working with the Gakyil and local community in the daily operations of the Gar. In addition to a substantial focus on welcoming and serving as a connective and informative base for newly interested persons, specific tasks will also include:

·         Working with the Blue Gakyil on:
o   Managing Gakyil meeting agendas and taking minutes
o   Providing logistical support for local programs, courses, & practices
o   Communicating with community teachers and assisting with travel logistics and teacher care
o   Promoting open communication with the public and DCA practitioners and members
·         Working with the Red Gakyil on:
o   Documentation of scheduled inspections
o   Communicating with and keeping the Geko informed
o   Keeping list of contracts for contractors and maintenance persons
·         Working with the Yellow Gakyil on:
o   Handling Dzogchen Community of America membership
o   Collaborating with the bookkeeper/financial administrator
o   Answering questions about membership
o   Handling course registration monies

Communication, oral and written, is essential for success. The Secretary serves as a central figure and presence of Tsegyalgar East. Comfort and general knowledge of our Dzogchen Community is needed. Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Interested persons can send a letter of interest and resume to Applications are now being accepted.

Tsegyalgar East Gakyil

Monday, November 2, 2015

It’s That Time of Year Again

All over the Northern Hemisphere through many cultures, this time of year signifies a shift in time and space. Some call it the “Thin Veil” indicating the suspension of division between realms; others call it “All Hollows.”  In ancient times, beginning  with the Druidic period in Ireland (5th century BC), the end of summer and Harvest was celebrated with bonfires and the renewal of light for the coming New Year. 

Given the "thinness of the veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead, it is a time that suggests divination (seeing into the future, dreaming, prophecy, and the occurrence of visions). In Mexico and parts of Latin America, "The Day of the Dead” honors those who have passed. 

As we enter this brief magical time, it is useful to consider the present moment of not only our own Tsegyalgar East Community in the continuity of past and future. So much energy and resources have gone into manifesting the vision of our Guide and Teacher Choegyal Namkhai Norbu worldwide. If we have challenges in the present, we must find a way to rekindle the fire of our ardor and create new solutions to carry us into the future both locally according to our own cultures but also globally in developing our international center, Dzamling Gar.

While we know that the  Dzogchen Teachings are not a tradition, the preservation of these Teachings in human society requires a perfect container for their continuity into the next generation.  Let’s all work together to create a harmonious community presence wherever we are--overflowing with a culture of generosity and mutual appreciation. Let us take care of each other with loving kindness in our big and lively family bursting with such talent and diversity so that we grow and prosper in this sorry kali yuga world of suffering and hardship. For we are mothers and fathers of the future generations of Dzogchen practitioners. 

Needless to say, there are may ways to manifest according to our interests and circumstances. For some it will be financial contributions; for others collaboration and karma yoga; still others practice and study. Spread the joy! Whatever course you choose, know that you are appreciated for all that you do and more. 

Samhain By Annie Finch
(The Celtic Halloween)

In the season leaves should love,
since it gives them leave to move
through the wind, towards the ground
they were watching while they hung,
legend says there is a seam
stitching darkness like a name.

Now when dying grasses veil
earth from the sky in one last pale
wave, as autumn dies to bring
winter back, and then the spring,
we who die ourselves can peel
back another kind of veil

that hangs among us like thick smoke.
Tonight at last I feel it shake.
I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.

I move my hand and feel a touch
move with me, and when I brush
my own mind across another,
I am with my mother's mother.
Sure as footsteps in my waiting
self, I find her, and she brings

arms that carry answers for me,
intimate, a waiting bounty.
"Carry me." She leaves this trail
through a shudder of the veil,
and leaves, like amber where she stays,
a gift for her perpetual gaze.

[Annie Finch, "Samhain" from Eve, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Copyright © 1997 by Annie Finch].  Reprinted from the  Poetry Foundation.

On a more personal note, for those of you not on Facebook, check out the Reiss/Mella family Halloween pics from Hawaii.

[Ati,Laila holding Veda, Goma and big bad woolf Joey]

Then there is Goma’s awesome rendition of Krishna, which according to her mother,  she herself thought of and then created. A true Indigo kid!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Beginning on October 26, 2015 on every Monday there will be Yantra Yoga practice in the gonpa from 5:45 PM-6:45 PM.

Yantra Yoga for Santi Maha Sangha will cover beginning pranayamas and easy yantras for discovering the different kinds of holdings. 

Transmission required.

Session 2 of the Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha in 30 Sessions according to the base text, The Precious Vase will resume on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Fabio Andrico will present 

Yantra Yoga Eight Movements Teacher Trainings 


San Francisco -- December 12-15, 2015 in San Francisco, CA
For full program details  visit  here.


Kripalu March 27 -- April 1, 2016 with Fabio Andrico
or for Kripalu visit here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Santi Maha Sangha Activities at Tsegyalgar East

The Mirror has published The Long and Enduring Road Home: Revisiting the Precious Vase by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.  The article seeks to encourage new and old-time practitioners to consider seriously the importance of Santi Maha Sangha study for the future of Dzogchen.  As such it is both an invitation and encouragement to return or enter into this magnificent training.
In the ancient language of Oddiyana Santi Maha Sangha means Dzogchen Community. The training thus is a course of study and practice implemented in 1993 by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, which begins with a Base level and proceeds through nine levels that develop diverse aspects of the Base both in the theoretical and in the practical planes, organized in such a way as to make up on both planes a gradual course allowing to form good practitioners of Dzogchen as Path of Self-Liberation / Spontaneous Liberation, through the maturation of Knowledge on the basis of concrete experience.
That training comprises the complete teachings of Garab Dorje, as well as instructions to deepen the knowledge and practice of the three series of Dzogchen teachings —Semde, Longde and Menngagde or Upadeshavarga— as well as the theory and essential practices of the levels of the Path of Transformation made up by the vehicles of Tantra and those of the Path of Renunciation may up by the vehicles of Sutra.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu has expressed his wish that all Dzogchen Community members undertake at least the training of the SMS Base level. In fact, although entering the state of Dzogchen entails going beyond the intellect, in order to achieve this it is necessary to use the intellect, on the one hand in order to develop the required faith, and on the other because the practitioner must be able to distinguish among the principles of Renunciation, Transformation and Self-Liberation, and place each teaching and practice in the corresponding category, understanding each of these well and discriminating among their principles, in order to avert confusion due to the seeming contradictions among the lower and higher levels—and thus be able to proceed on the Path.
 The Santi Maha Sangha training is essential to grant the continuity of the Dzogchen Knowledge and teaching: whoever takes this commitment works on behalf of her or his own individual realization and that of all sentient beings, gradually training in the practices of all levels and deepening on the principles of each of them—which is conducive to the attainment of total realization in this very life.
-- Reprinted from Dzamling Gar’s SMS webpage 

Santi Maha Sangha Training Events at Tsegyalgar East

Currently there is a 30 week study program on the Base as presented in the Precious Vase taught by Lynn Newdome, Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha in 30 Lessons which meets most weeks. This study group is both live or via MP3 download as a podcast. People from all over the world are participating. 

Session 1 seven classes are nearly completed. New participants unfamiliar with the Precious Vase can join in Session 2 by catching up via podcast or if already familiar with the material begin Session II for the next 7 classes.  

Session 11 begins on November 16, 2015 for another six classes followed by a day of practice. 

For further information, click here. 

Levels 1 and II Weekends with Jim Valby in  2015

Qualified individuals who have passed exams may participate in the following courses. Click on the links below for schedule. 

Level 1 October 30-November 1, 2015

Level 2 November 27-29, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tsegyalgar East Announces New Gakyil Members

Dear Vajra Brothers and Sisters,

The Tsegyalgar East Gakyil sends a big thank you to all members who attended either in person or by webcast the Community meeting held on October 3.

On October 7th, new members Matt Hayat for the Blue Gakyil and Amanda Polluck for the Red Gakyil were approved by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. We had our first meeting of this new Gakyil on Sunday October 18, which was very productive and harmonious. 

The Tsegyalgar East Gakyil will continue to send updates on the latest meetings and activities of the Gakyil soon but first wanted to send a quick intro and welcome to our two latest gakyil members.

Meet Matt
Matt Hayat recently joined the Blue Gakyil. He has been a student of Rinpoche for about 11 years and previously served on the Blue Gakyil at TE from 2006-2008. From 2012-2015 he was on the Board of Directors for the US branch of the Shang Shung Institute. In his day job he is a university professor and researcher in the public health field. Matt lives in Atlanta.

Meet Amanda
Amanda Pollock recently joined Red Gaykil. She has been a student of Rinpoche and member of the community since 2013. She came to the area From New York City, where she was a theatrical lighting tech and stage manager to attend Smith College in 2008 and received a BA in English and Education. She is a paint contractor and She is an organic farmer at Four Corners Farm In Worthington MA. She is excited about creating Karma Yoga events and finding innovative ways we can sustain our properties both physically and financially. Amanda lives in Huntington, MA.

Explanation for World Wide Transmission on the Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa

Jim  Valby will give an explanation* on October 29, 2015 for the World Wide Guru Yoga Transmisson on the Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu scheduled for webcast on November 6th at 7:00 AM EST

*The Explanation is required for first time participants
Live webcast The World Wide Transmissions are broadcast as live webcasts or individuals may attend at most Gars. Generally the explanations of the practice by senior students are available by teleconference from Tsegyalgar East. To access the live webcast on November 6, visit the webcast page here on November 6 at 7:00 AM EST. [There is a world wide time converter on that link]

DATE: October 29, 2015
TIME: 7:00-8:30 PM
LOCATION: Tsegyalgar East Gonpa or via free teleconference call. Contact the secretary Harold at  for phone hook-up information or call 413-369-4153

It is advisable that all participants plan early to contact the secretary and acquire the necessary texts well before the explanation date or the US Shang Shung Bookstore here for the Guru Yoga Book.

Brief Biography of Adzom Drukpa from Rangjung Yeshe Wiki

Known as 'The Wanderers Tamer' Adzom Drukpa (1842-1924) — Drodul Pawo Dorje ('gro 'dul dpa' bo rdo rje); Was the incarnation of Ma Rinchen Chok (rma rin chen mchog) and one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the early twentieth Century. He was the disciple of both Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Paltrul Rinpoche, and teacher to the 2nd Jamyang Khyentse, Chokyi Lodro. Trusted dharma-friend and contemporary to Jamgön Mipham, he received teaching and transmission from such master as; Kathog Situ, Shechen Thutob Namgyal, Kongtrul Lodro Thaye and Kathok Moktsa Rinpoche. Also received visions of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, whereby he was taught directly, and Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal. After taking up the life style of a Terton, he became an inheritor of hidden-treasure and prolific author. Thus he was one of the most important masters of Longchen Nyingtig lineage and essential link in the Nyingtig’s Oral-transmission of Yeshe Lama and Tsa-Lung. Two of his main student were is sons Agyur Rinpoche and Pema Wangyal, however 13 of his students were known to have achieved rainbow body.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mirror Issue 129 September 2015 NOW available for PDF Download

The Mirror, issue 129 September 2015

We are happy to inform you that the September 2015 issue of The Mirror has just been uploaded to and is available for downloading, viewing offline and printing out. This time it is more of a ‘Russian’ edition, with an excerpt from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s teaching on Guruyoga from Kunsangar North this summer, our ‘Focus on Kunsangar’, the Russian-speaking Dzogchen Community, with their numerous Lings spread across Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania, and even our ‘Featured  Artist’, Nick Dudka, a native Russian speaker.

For those interested in travel and adventure combined with Buddhist culture, Jamyang Oliphant takes us on his fascinating travels through Ladakh on behalf of Shang Shung UK’s Insight Tours this summer and then accompanies Rinpoche on his second teaching trip to the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan, early in September during which he gave teachings in Paro to more than a thousand students and also inaugurated the first Bhutanese Ling in Thimpu.

A new section called ‘Traveling the World’ illustrates the many places around the globe that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has recently visited and where he has given teachings.

Our editorial for this issue, ‘Working with Others – Finding Balance’ was kindly written by Elio Guarisco. The section devoted to the Shang Shung Foundation presents some important developments for the IDC concerning Khaita Dances, a detailed description of the unique Zikhang Tibetan Library at Merigar West, as well as an account of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Shang Shung Institute’s School of Tibetan Medicine in the USA, directed by Dr. (Menpa) Phuntsog Wangmo.Giovanni Boni, the Dzamling Gar project’s engineer gives a detailed report on how work is progressing at the Global Gar in Tenerife, Spain, and the first Cinerarium in the International Dzogchen Community is inaugurated at Merigar West in August.

In addition, this issue presents three book reviews including Shang Shung Publications’ recent two-volume ‘The Dance of the Vajra’ and ‘Secret Map of the Body’, and two articles - ‘The Long and Enduring Road Home – Revisiting The Precious Vase’ by Jacqueline Gens and Emmanuel Jouan’s ‘Working with Injuries and Physical Challenges in Yantra Yoga’.

We hope you enjoy the issue!

The Mirror Staff

Beginner’s Yantra Yoga Weekend October 17 and 18 at Tsegyalgar East with Martina Kacurova

WHEN: October 17-18, 2015
TIME: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM and 3:00-5:00 PM 
LOCATION: Tsegyaglar East Schoolhouse Gonpa
18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA 01341

COST: $30 per Session or $100 Weekend

Martina is a certified local instructor of the 1st level of Yantra Yoga. She has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 2005. She comes from The Czech Republic. Martina lives and works as a Registered Nurse in Western Massachusetts.

Yantra Yoga’s unique series of positions and movements is a superb method to attain optimal health, relaxation, and harmony through the coordination of breath and movement. This course is the foundation for further study and practice of Yantra Yoga.

We will study a system of Complete Breathing, the 9 Purification Breathings, Tsijong or Loosening of the Joints and a focus on the Lungsang, or the Eight Movements.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Join us in Person or Online for the Next Community Meeting on October 3, 2015

The next Community meeting will take place at Tsegyalgar East on 
October 3 at 6pm EST

Please join us either in person or online for our next Community meeting to discuss and vote on new and continuing gakyil members among other important updates.  The meeting in the Gonpa will be webcast to all members.  Technical and agenda details to follow soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the gonpa of the yellow schoolhouse at Tsegyalgar East on Sunday, September 21, 2015. Last year in 2014, also marked the 20th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Shang Shung Institute in October, 1994.

An article in the Greenfield Recorder featured the event.

Participants included: alumni of the Four Year and KuNye programs; invited guests from the Town of Conway; current students in the four-year online and residential programs in session; members of the Dzogchen Community and the extended family of local donors and supporters. Jigmey Sonam Yhesur, Nyima Youdon Namseling, Sangjieban, Tsepak Tsepak, Tsering Youdon - all Tibetan doctors were present to receive certificates in KuNye Therapy from the school. 

Several presentations were made prior to a sumptuous Tibetan meal. Will Shea, longtime board member of the Shang Shung Institute spoke eloquently of the school’s evolution likening the process to one of “David and Goliath” with David being the Tibetan Medicine programs created by Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo and ”Goliath” everything out there in terms of challenges. 

Dr. Anasuya Weil, an alumna of the four-year program spoke about the importance of ATMA in establishing credibility for Tibetan Medicine in the West. Drew McGlathery, a physician’s assistant currently in the four-year online program and student liaison to the Board gave a compelling account of how he came to recognize the efficacy of Tibetan Medicine. One of the most delightful moments was when Tom Hutcheson, Conway Town Administrator. spoke of the healing presence of the school for the town and how not many people really knew the scope of Shang Shung’s activities-- a matter being corrected with more outreach to the local community. A celebratory letter from Dr. Yandron Kelsang was read. Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, founder of the Tibetan Medicine School, spoke of the acheivments of the graduates of the four-year program and the continuity of education the School of Tibetan Medicine will offer such as the new three-year Graduate program in Tibetan Medicine. 

[Current four-year students, staff and alumni attending]
[Momos, of course]

{The kids in a fortress of webkins}

Photo credits: Jacqueline Gens, 2015

Other News from Shang Shung Institute

The Dewa Fund is a newly organized Fund of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine. The Tibetan word Dewa means Happiness, Bliss or Comfort, and the name of the Fund reflects the function of Tibetan Medicine, to help people enjoy longer and healthier lives so that they can benefit their families, communities, and the larger world.

As we look to the future we ask for your help to ensure that the rich cultural heritage of providing Dewa through Tibetan Medicine is protected and continues to flourish. Through the Dewa Fund, you can support the continuing instruction of Tibetan Medicine, the development of the professional field, and the strategic growth of the School. We are asking all who value this ancient treasure to please join us and contribute to support Tibetan Medicine. Give the gift of long life and safeguard Tibetan Medicine by donating to the Dewa Fund.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mark your Calendar for a Fundraising Weekend with Michael Katz on Dream Yoga for Tsegyalgar’s Dzamlingar House and a Community Meeting

Michael Katz is offering a workshop on Dream Yoga as a fundraiser for Dzamlingar House #11 for Tsegyalgar East & West on October 3 & 4, 2015 at Tsegyalgar East in the gonpa. To read more about this project visit the Dzamling Gar website

Dream Yoga Workshop Schedule
Saturday,October 3:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM ***See below 6:00 PM Community Meeting

Sunday, October 4:   10:00 AM-1:30PM


To Register or Donate, click here

“If you are aware in the dream, you can experience many things within the dream state. It is easier to develop your practices in a dream than in the daytime. In the daytime we are limited by our material body, but in a dream our function of mind and our consciousness of the senses are unhindered. We can have more clarity.”
—Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light

Dream yoga refers to a practice for developing the capacity for being more active and intentional within the dream state.

In this workshop we will enhance creativity, self-exploration and spiritual/psychological growth through powerful techniques of lucid dreaming derived principally from the Tibetan dream yoga tradition. Lucidity within the dream state represents exceptional potential, and is a gateway to mastery of the dream process. Participants will join Dr. Michael Katz as he induces lucidity within a dream by combined deep relaxation training and induction. Afterword we will deepen our dream material through a process of psychodrama.

Michael Katz, author of Tibetan Dream Yoga; the Royal Road to Enlightenment, editor of Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, and author of The White Dolphin is a psychologist who has lectured and led workshops internationally on dream yoga and lucidity for personal growth. He has taught in more than 30 countries over two decades and is an SMS instructor authorized to teach Dream Yoga and meditation by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

***The Gakyil is calling a Community Meeting for Saturday Oct 3 at 6 PM to vote on the new Gakyil and to approve the budget for the upcoming year. 

Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha Course Begins

Lynn Newdome, newly appointed Santi Maha Sangha teacher of SMS base in North America inaugurated the first of 30 Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha classes drawn from the profound text, The Precious Vase by 
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The course is offered in person at Tsegyaglar East from September - May 2016 and via podcast for those who can not attend in person.

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, thirteen individuals attended in person with 63 people signed up world-wide to receive podcasts following the first kick-off class. Tsegyalgar East also created with Lynn’s input a wonderful resource webpage with a number of unique features to assist practitioners while delving into the study of the base of SMS. Whether one is new to the Dzogchen Teachings or wishes to review the text and refresh one’s view and meditation, this is the course to take.

To view the webpage, click here.

Lynn initiated the series of classes with a day-long event which began with a marvelous historical overview of Buddhism including a large scale map tracing the route of the Buddha’s Teaching, Garab Dorje and theoretical locations of Oddiyana. The structure  involved a presentation by Lynn, a Q and A period followed by a lively discussion among the participants. Online participants may submit their questions ahead of time. 

Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha
with Lynn Newdome
Tsegyalgar East, Schoolhouse Gonpa
(also MP3 Recordings available for replay)

Starting Sunday 9/13 and continuing on Monday nights 9/14-10/26, 7:00pm - 8pm (excluding 9/21)

Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha:
the Base in (about) 30 Easy Lessons

The “effortless” state of Dzogchen can be elusive and difficult for practitioners to understand and realize. In Tibetan Buddhism, of which Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a master, Dzogchen is presented as “Ati,” the pinnacle of all Buddhist views. This approach incorporates the various schools of Buddhism often referred to as Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. By studying and practicing these, one can build a foundation upon which to realize Dzogchen.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu thoroughly and precisely presents these teachings in The Precious Vase, explaining the core realizations of the nine yanas from a Dzogchen perspective, and giving meditation methods for direct experiences of each. Reading, contemplating and meditating, students establish the “Base” of Santi Maha Sangha.

Beginning September 13, 2015, Tsegyalgar East will host, live and via podcast, an ongoing program exploring The Precious Vase cover-to-cover. Organized into sessions of six Monday evenings with a Sunday “mini-retreat”, the course will run through about May of 2016. Classes will be led by SMS instructor Lynn Newdome, a student of 
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu who has followed Tibetan Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. The program is open to anyone who has received basic transmission from Rinpoche.

Classes will be supplemented by a website 
containing both reference materials and MP3 recordings of the talks. Students are encouraged to meet at their local centers to discuss the teachings together.

Cost: $50 per 6 week segment in class/and or MP3 recording;
or $10 per class/and or MP3 recording

Session 1: 6 weeks beginning Sun. 9/13 (Sunday Kick-off No Charge) continuing on Monday Nights for 6 weeks. 

To Register, visit here  or contact the Tsegyalgar secretary, Harold 
at 413-369-4153

Khandroling Paper Cooperative Has Found a Home

[Local teachers making paper prayer flags at Tsegyalgar East for their classroom]

We are pleased to announce that Khandroling Paper Cooperative is now located in the basement of Tsegyalgar East at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA -- our original home. To read about our mission and see past events visit our website Khandroling Paper Cooperative

The current Open Studio Days thru November are Mondays or by appointment, Local teachers and artists are welcome to use our facility to learn about the papermaking process as well as make paper for special projects by donations. We especially invite Dzogchen Community members from around the world interested in learning how to make paper to take back to their Gars and Lings. To visit or book a session, contact Jacqueline at
or 413-522-1125. 

Special Events/Workshops from “KPC” are forthcoming. Interested individuals can read about our unique mission of recycling sacred texts into vibrant papers for sacred calligraphy, collage, journal covers and artist papers on our website/blog. 

Since 2012, Khandroling Paper Cooperative has conducted annual workshops on our retreat land in Buckland, Khandroling, hosted an international artist from Nepal, and offered many open demos and workshops to the public. In 2013 we had our first member’s gallery show in Shelburne Falls at the Ursa Major Gallery.  

Our hollander beater, fondly nick-named “The Critter” by international papermakers is a sophisticated piece of equipment that allows us to create a variety of pulps from cotton rags and fibers. Here Sheryl and Brenda, both Art Teachers in the Northampton school system are making pulp from plant fibers.

Now what do we do with all the paper we make....... Well, check back and we will show you.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

An Introduction to Yantra Yoga by Naomi Zeitz In Amherst, MA

DATE: September 26. 2015

WHEN: 2:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: 39 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

CONTACT: 413-475-4336 or

COST: $20

The workshop will include the nine purification breaths, series for loosening the joints and the eight movements

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Updates from the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil

Dear Vajra Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings from the Gakyil!
We wanted to update about what's been happening since our retreat with Rinpoche in July.

During our meeting with Rinpoche in July, he emphasized that we need to be self- sustaining without relying completely on income from teachings or membership. This launched an opportunity to review our expenses and to brainstorm about ways to sustain our community and properties over time. We are in the process of developing an overall plan that will address these topics.

The Summer Programs at Khandroling were very successful- there were 3 Vajra Dance courses, a Yantra Yoga intensive and a Karma Yoga/Goma Devi Practice retreat. Many people worked very hard on Khandroling to make these courses happen and also to improve conditions at Khandroling. The Gakyil is deeply grateful for the hard work of participants.

There are many exciting programs coming up in September, October and November. Be sure to visit the website for more details.

We are calling a Community Meeting for Saturday Oct 3 at 6 PM to vote on the new Gakyil and to approve the budget for the upcoming year. More information will be upcoming about the meeting. There is still time to let us know of your interest to join the Gakyil- just send a letter of intention and something about your qualifications.

The IDC affiliation is still in process, although we are close to an agreement for voting. More information will be available at the Community meeting.

See the minutes from our August meeting for a full report of our activities.

Please email the Blue Gakyil with your comments and questions.

With Love,
The Tsegyalgar East Gakyil

MunchCo Calling Premier September 20

Yantra Yoga Courses in North America with Naomi Zeitz

Yantra Yoga contains a wide range of movements that can be applied by everyone. It is a super method for attaining optimal health, relaxation, and balance through the coordination of breath and movement.

Naomi Zeitz has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Yantra Yoga since 1987 and has been an authorized Yantra Yoga instructor since 2008. Naomi specializes in teaching simple yet profound methods of breathing together with movement and working with people of all ages and physical conditions.

For daily workshop schedules and registration links visit, the following Link.

Taos, New Mexico
Introduction to Yantra Yoga
Date: October 9-11, 2015
Location: Shree Yoga Taos Yoga Studio, 112 Cam De La Placita, Taos, New Mexico 87571
Contact: Tizia
Tel. 575.776.2212

Cost: $120 payment in full includes non-refundable deposit
($50 non-refundable deposit)

Boulder, Colorado
ntroduction to Yantra Yoga
Date: October 16-18, 2015
Location: Solstice Center, 302 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Contact: Naomi Zeitz

Cost: $120 payment in full includes non-refundable deposit
($50 non-refundable deposit)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Introduction to Yantra Yoga
Date: October 23-25, 2015
Location: Maple Street Dance Studio
Contact: Janet Mason or 505-259-7770

This is an introductory course in Yantra Yoga which includes:

  • Training in Complete Breathing
  • Nine Purification Breathings
  • Tsijong – loosening the joints
  • Lunsang – Eight Movements
  • Tsandul – controlling the channels (if there is sufficient time)
  • Vajra Wave
We will primarily focus on the Eight Movements and people can have some practice to take home with them.

Cost: $100 for the weekend, please no drop ins 

Atlanta, Georgia
Introduction to Yantra Yoga
Date: October 29 - November 1, 2015
Location: The Open Mind Center, 1575 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, GA 30076

This course will include training in complete breathing, the Nine Purification Breathings, and the three preliminary series of Yantra Yoga with a focus on Lungsang, the Eight Movements

Cost: $120 with a non-refundable $50 deposit

Contact: Matt Hayat

For local Yantra Yoga Events at Tsegyalgar East, visit the Events calendar at 

For ongoing Yantra Yoga weekly practices at Tsegyalgar East visit the Weekly Practice schedule at: