Saturday, April 25, 2015

The News from Tsegyalgar East

Photo by Sean Quinn

Dear Vajra Brothers and Sisters,

Hello!

Sending Spring greetings and excited murmurs as we prepare for the arrival of our Precious Master. We wanted to send out an update to let you know what we have been working on.

Retreat Location

The Mohawk High School has been secured as the main location for Rinpoche's July retreat in MA. We will also have activities with him on Khandroling. Rinpoche has expressed that it is most important we make it easy and inviting for people to access His teachings. While several people on and off the Gakyil made a concerted effort to trouble shoot and plan the retreat with Rinpoche on the land, in the end our real circumstances did not make a retreat on Khandroling as accessible as the Mohawk venue.
 

Khandroling Road Project
Still the Land of the Dakinis calls; Summer 2015 on Khandroling is packed with activity. Because of generous offers to supplement cost from Community members, the Gakyil has approved a road improvement to access the land better especially after such a harsh MA winter. This is the year to get to the land and practice. Invite all your international Vajra Dance friends, Yantra Yogis and block your calendar accordingly. Here is the full schedule of courses and retreats on Khandroling .
 

Shine the Light 
Let's spread the word and lights together. If you or another community member you know is active on Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc and would like to help us spread the word about Rinpoche's US retreats and the Summer on Khandroling please have them write to the Blue Gakyil. Together we can create a beacon for those looking to connect with our Precious Master and the Supreme Teachings of Dzogchen.

Alignment and a Place to Call Our Own 

In other news the IDC alignment is coming close to a finalization. We will complete all documents and then arrange a community vote in order to ratify the alignment. We hope to complete this process by the time Rinpoche arrives at the end of June.
 

Along with the alignment the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil has approved the time share model for raising money to complete our house in Dzamling Gar. You can read the proposal that was approved in the attachment to this email. We are working closely with Tsegyalgar West Gakyil to update and finalize the proposal.
 

Enlightened Activity 
There are many activities that will be happening around the retreat as well as during. Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, Intro to SMS, explanation of Ganapuja, Ganapujas and of course Khaita joyful Dances with the Maestro. A Community Meeting will be held at the time of the Retreat. Included will be an overview of our Strategic Plan for your input, a review of our financial picture, and a focus on future Khandrolling Development. We will have a more complete list of events for you soon.Sometime before Rinpoche's retreat there will be a meeting for a new project being spearheaded by Lauri Marder and Lynn Newdome. The idea will involve collaboration among all the disciplines we are using in the Dzogchen Community. The aim of the project is to introduce people outside the community to the view of working with the mind, body, and energy for development of the human capacity. Reach out to Lauri if you want to learn more


. We will also have a new members welcome team to help orient new students so bring your friends and loved ones.
Register NOW, retreats are run solely on your donations.

Tsegyalgar Wants You!
 

We want to collaborate with you so please let us know how you are able to help during the retreat; all forms of participation welcome. Send us an email and we'll get you coordinated with the ​right group for your offering.
 

For those who have not renewed their Membership, please do so as soon as possible to access all your benefits such as a new round of online courses, Rinpoche’s Retreats from all around the world, free use of the Retreat Cabins and much more. To renew, go here. This year we have a monthly payment plan through Paypal to help anyone with budget challenges
We are always happy to hear from you and look forward to meeting many of you in person come July.
 

With love, The Tsegyalgar East Gakyil

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Louise Landes Levi Release of The Ming Oracle Recording



[Photo by Jacqueline Gens, Khandroling 2014]


If you are a fan of Louise's exquisite literary work and musical performances, you will appreciate the following recording, The Ming Oracle. The haunting strains of the Sarangideeply stimulates one's heart chakra, a lamentation for these times. Click below to read on and listen to a selection.

Louise Landes LeviFrom The Ming OracleLP - Sloowax 004

Recording by Louise Landes Levi on traditional bowed harp or sarangi and Hilary Jeffery (who also plays with Catherine Christer Hennix) on trombone drone. Levi studied sarangi under the guidance of Annapurna Devi and Ali Akbar Khan.

Levi & Jeffery interpret the perennial tradition of Indian raga - informed by the deep dream of the 20th century & the visionary ensembles of the mid century: The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (Daniel Moore) & The Theatre of Eternal Music (La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela). Also an accomplished poet, the LP comes with a booklet with a selection of poems from ‘Tower 2/TARA or dc-x’, which was originally printed for the funeral rites of Simon Vinkenoog. Edition of 300 copies.


To read more, click here



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bhutan 2015 Trip with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu




Rinpoche is kindly offering again to those of his students who are interested in visiting Bhutan with him, the possibility to join him. He has asked us again (Tsering and David) to organize the trip.

We are organizing accommodation for everyone from the group in the same hotel where Rinpoche will stay and give teachings. We have already signed the contract with the hotel. There are very limited rooms.

People who are interested to participate are asked to contact David Surricchio davidsurricchio@gmail.com,or Tsering Choden tsheringchoden111@yahoo.it

We will close the registration by the end of April 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Request for Karma Yoga Helpers from the Red Gakyil




Tsegyalgar East is currently organizing and preparing for the retreat of 
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu July 1-5, 2015 this summer. In order to accomplish the many tasks involved, we need karma yoga helpers to bring the retreat to fruition.




 If you would like to participate and add your energy and skills, please contact our karma yoga coordinator, Rita Kaiser, at rwkaiser@verizon.net, or redgakyil@tsegyalgar.org, or geko@tsegyalgar.org. We need help of all kinds, so please let us know how you would like to contribute your energy. 

[Photo Kathleen Fekete]

Thanks so much.
Red Gakyil

Sunday, March 22, 2015

First Day of Spring in NYC

Kathryn O’Connor captured the following images in NYC’s Thompkins Square Park on the first day of Spring.


[Reprinted from Facebook]

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Next International Practicing Together Date is April 4, 2015




The next international Practicing Together live webcast date is

 *Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM EDT

The webcast will originate from Hungry with a Mandarava Ganapuja
especially dedicated to the good health of our beloved Master and all those in need of healing.

Visit the link below at the designated time. 
To access the international Time converter click on EDT above.

http://www.shangshunginstitute.net/webcast/together.php) 


This time allows for the practice schedule to connect most practitioners from all
over the world so that we can follow together.

May this practice benefit all sentient beings.

For further information visit the the Practicing Together site at : www.practicingtogether.org


(Painting of Mandarava by Wilven Pedersen)
  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shang Shung Institute of America Four Medicine Tantras Translation and Commentary Project



Shang Shung Institute of America
Four Medicine Tantras Translation and Commentary Project

The Shang Shung Institute of America’s School of Tibetan Medicine, founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche ten years ago, is seeking funding to complete the translation and transcription of its medical programs’ textbooks. The immediate goal is to provide a series of text books for the SSI School of Tibetan Medicine in the English translation and with commentary.  With the invaluable translation and commentary of Dr. Wangmo, students have thus far been learning Tibetan and receiving verbal teachings on the subject. The textbooks used are the traditional Tibetan-language texts used in Tibet and India for the instruction of Tibetan Medicine. These four medical tantras have been the primary teaching texts for training Tibetan physicians from ancient times to the present. The longer-term goals are to make these teachings more readily available internationally.

Tibetan Medicine is an holistic and complete medical system that benefits sentient beings by providing enlightened medical care for acute and chronic conditions, and for the prolongation of life. The Shang Shung Institute’s School of Tibetan Medicine is the first program of its kind in the West. Among its medical programs, Shang Shung Institute offers a full curriculum equivalent to the traditional education of Tibetan medical colleges and universities in Tibet and India. 

The core classical texts for the instruction of Tibetan Medicine are the Four Tibetan Medicine Tantras. For ease of learning we wish to provide text books in the native language of the students. Therefore, the tantras are in the process of being translated into English by the Shang Shung Institute under the direction of Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. The tantras are also being prepared to be translated into Russian and Spanish. The final English draft of the essence of the compendium, the Root Tantra, was completed on an auspicious date: December 8, 2014, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche’s birthday.  The teachers' commentaries on the texts are also being transcribed and they are also critical to the understanding of Tibetan Medicine.

Your support is critical to ensure the completion of this crucial and auspicious step in the transmission of Tibetan Medicine from Tibet and India to the West. If you are interested in supporting this great work, please donate through this link: Tibetan Medicine Textbook Translation Project, or by sending your donation to the Shang Shung Institute, PO Box 278 Conway, MA 01341, and including a memo indicating that it is for the translation project. Checks may be made payable to Shang Shung Institute of America. Many thanks!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dzogchen Community Members from Tsegyalgar East and West visit the Tsegyalgar House at Dzamling Gar

The following photo of members from Tsegyalgar East and West was taken by photographer Felicia Murray in Dzamllng Gar while reviewing the Tsegyalgar House. Each Summer and Winter Gar received a shared house as part of the International Gar which they are responsible for building beyond what is minimally there. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the Tsegyalgar House.










Special Announcement about the Worldwide Day of the Dance of the Vajra on March 15, 2015


15 March 2015
WORLDWIDE DAY OF THE DANCE OF THE VAJRA

We are delighted to announce an important initiative for the Worldwide Day of the Dance of the Vajra, which this year falls on Sunday, 15 March.

At 3PM Italian time, Prima Mai will lead an explanation and practice session on the Khalongdorjeikar Dance, also known as the Dance of the Twelve As.

We will transmit this session via closed webcast to everyone who requests access in exchange for a small offering.

After the session we will post the video of the practice online since it will be a useful tool for improving your practice.

Check here for the hours corresponding to your local time zone:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=KDK&iso=20131115T1530&p1=683&ah=1

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form by no later than Saturday, 14 Marchto ensure that you can receive the password on time. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nmu1v2PGkviUupUVBQ3DE5WKNpWw6MhCvsjBUJ_Ep1M/viewform

To help cover the costs for organizing this course, we are asking participants to contribute an offering of 10 euros to the Dzogchen Community of Merigar. We’ll use it to cover the cost and to improve the mandala hall. ​The lings and groups can do a free offer​.
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COMUNITA' DZOGCHEN DI MERIGAR
LOCALITA' MERIGAR
58031 ARCIDOSSO (GR)
TEL. 0564 966837
EMAIL office@dzogchen.it
WEBSITE www.dzogchen.it

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Special Offer for Vajra Dancers coming to Tsegyalgar for both retreats July 1 – 12, 2015



Our Khandroling neighbor, Marie Stella, will once again host visitors at Beaver Lodge, an eco Bed and Breakfast located 1 mile from Khandroling. Make your reservations early to save your place. 

$40 per night, per person double occupancy for Vajra Dancers who book the entire 11 days -July 1-12, 2015 minimum.

Visit www.mariestellabeaverlodge.com or email marie@mariestellabeaverlodge.com
Telephone: 413-625-2009

Surrounded by serene woodland in conservation, the passive solar timber frame Beaver Lodge can accommodate thirteen persons. The energy efficient house and grounds emphasize sustainable landscaping and a large organic vegetable garden surrounded by decks and patio. Shared bathrooms and kitchen privleges. Cat on the premises.

Last year the Tsegyalgar East blog interviewed Marie. To read more visit here.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 15, 2015 Join us for a Ganapuja followed by a Community Meeting




Anniversary of Ayu Khandro & International Day of the Vajra Dance

Date:
March 15th, 2015

Location: Schoolhouse Gonpa

Time:
6:00 PM

Category:
Dakini Ganapuja

Website:
http://tsegyalgar.org/communityworldwide/gakyil/
Dakini Day Ganapuja and Anniv. Ayu Khandro -WW Vajra Dance Day - Community Gathering
5:00PM Vajra Dance Tun in costume
6:00PM Ganapuja
Community Gathering after the Ganapuja

Karen Prestwood & Cindy Thibeau would like to invite people to a community gathering immendiately following the ganapuja on 3/15/15. The purpose is to update the community and to listen to ideas, suggestions and concerns. 




For a biography of Ayu Khandro Dorje Peldron, one of the principle teachers of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu, click here

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Necklaces made by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for Dzamling Gar Fundraising


Chögyal Namkhai Norbu hard at work making necklaces as a fundraiser for Dzamling Gar Gonpa Development project. To view the dozens of his personally crafted creations, each one unique, visit this link on the Mirror website. The project is called Evolution Creations.

Dzamling Gar is the International Gar in Tenerife, Spain. To read more about their exciting new projects visit their website at http://www.dzamlinggar.net/en/

Monday, March 2, 2015

Town and Country Winter Wonder

This winter the New England northeast has received a negative rep for being unbearably cold with harsh wind conditions, Going beyond such limited points of view, some of our community have documented the landscape with exceptional results. Facebook seems to be the repository of these pictures.
here are a few:

Kathryn O’Connor form NYC captured the East River in photos that convey the romanticism of a cityscape from bygone eras.


[Kathryn o’Connor]


[Kathryn O’Connor]

Sean Quinn from Shelburne Falls often captures photos of local farms on his way to and from work, which he posts on his Facebook page. His photos of Khanrdoling nearby during every season offer vast views via the wide angle lens he often favors when photographing on the land.  You can see many of these on the Khnadroling Facebook Page, which you can join.

Here are a few recent winter scapes of Khandroling  he posted on Facebook the other day:

[Khandroling, Sean Quinn 2/2015]

[Khandroling, Sean Quinn, 2/2015]

[Khandroling, Sean Quinn, 2/2015]




Cape Cod Bay above posted by Tibetan translator, Constance Wilkinson on her Facebook page. The Cape was specially hard hit this winter. Constance has been documenting the various extreme conditions. Below her house:





[Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, reprinted from TM Facebook]

If you are a shutter bug yourself send in your own winter wonderland 
photos and we will post them here.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Importance of Singing and Dancing for the Continuity of Tibetan Culture

The joyful Khaita songs and dances are now widely practiced all over the world. If you missed the charming international birthday greeting to Rinpoche back in December, here it is again. It very much conveys the flavor of this community practice.


 

 During the Teacher Trainings in Dzamling Gar in January, Rinpoche again addressed the importance of these Tibetan songs and dances for the continuity of Tibetan culture. The following is reprinted from the Mirror. Click onth e link below to continue with the article. 


 In the program for this retreat [the Teacher Authorizations - Jan 30-Feb.4, 2015] we also have the program of singing and dancing. This may surprise many of you, for example, that many times during retreats I not only explain the Teaching and we practice together, but we also sing and dance. When I start singing and dancing most people go away. They think, “I do not enjoy this singing and dancing, this is not Dzogchen, this is not teaching”, and some people may also think, “Oh, our Teacher is doing stupid work, always singing and dancing instead of doing practice.” I imagine they have this kind of idea and that’s why they do not remain and are not participating.  To continue Reprinted from the Mirror 



The Tsegyalgar East blog has covered this story over the past year or so from both a Tibetan perspective and Western. 
Visit the links here:






Friday, February 27, 2015

More photos from Losar

Sean Quinn, one of the community photographers took the following photos at Tsegyalgar East



In the gonpa



Dr. Phuntso Wangmo explaining the traditon of the divination soup
(seen below)





All photos by Sean Quinn reprinted from his Facebook page

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mandarava Ganapua at Tsegyakgar East



Saturday, March 1,  there will be a Webcast of Mandarava Ganapuja at 
11 am EST in the schoolhouse gonpa at Tsegyalgar East. Participants will need to prepare food for the puja either before the 9:30 am Mudra explanation or sometime before the 11:00 am webcast puja begins.

Staying to clean up afterwards would be very appreciated.

The Shang Shung Foundation Established

       

On the 13th of January 2015, the Shang Shung Foundation, International Institute for Tibetan Culture (in short Shang Shung Foundation) was established in Italy. The Foundation will perpetuate the mission and continue the activities of The International Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies. To read more about the Founding Members, the Statute and the Programmes go to http://melong.com/?p=3798.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Words on Generosity


[Photo by Lilly Granger, courtesy of the Mirror]


February 18, 2015, Dzamling Gar  [reprinted from the Mirror]

In the Western world we are organizing retreats and teachings and everybody participates. There is an entry ticket and people should pay. The reason is that when you invite a teacher and you are organizing a place and everything, it is expensive and you need to have money, otherwise it cannot be done. But when we think a little of ancient times and how it started, there is a possibility that we can go in that same way. The teachings are for people who are interested, not only for people who have money. We know that and we should generously help other people to have the possibility to participate. For that reason I wrote an article (see http://melong.com/?p=1580) on how to go ahead and organize the teachings. After I wrote that article, we started not asking people to pay. But there are always people who invite the teacher and organize; this activity is called jindag (sbyin bdag). Contiinue

Monday, February 23, 2015

Make Your Offering Now: An Important Message from the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil about 2015 Memberships



Dear Tsegyalgar East Members,

On behalf of the TSEGYALGAR East Gakyil and in the spirit of the coming LOSAR, we want to thank you all for your last year Membership and announce that our 2015 MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

This year our membership tiers are adapted to the guidelines issued by the International Gakyil and you can choose between the 3 tiers:
  • ORDINARY: $23.64 / monthly - ($260/ yearly)
  • SUSTAINING:  $54.55 / monthly - ($600/yearly) 
  • MERITORIOUS: $163 / monthly -  ($1800 / yearly)


NEW: You pay now Monthly or Yearly! 

RENEW & BECOME A MEMBER: 
https://dzogchen.net

For "Membership benefits" and "how to": http://tsegyalgar.org/membership/membershipforms/
For help or questions email: yellowgakyil@tsegyalgar.net


ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP 

This new 2015 Membership structure will facilitate implementation of an important desire of Rinpoche’s, recently announced, that whenever possible, Dzogchen teachings will be free and can be followed by anyone, regardless of economic status.

Our Membership is still the fundamental commitment of “taking responsibility” and represents Tsegyalgar's lifeblood, allowing us to sustain Rinpoche's Dzogchen Teachings in North America.

Through Membership fee sharing, you contribute to the life of your Gar, your  Ling, and the International Community. A certain portion of everyone’s Membership fee helps cover these annual expenses, as well as the cost of organizing programs and the creation and hosting of a whole schedule of events

FOR NEW MEMBERS - WELCOME! 

For the first time in 2015, Tsegyalgar East is introducing a Welcome Status to all New Members (valid for 3 years). All new Members can select any of the available 3 Membership tiers and enjoy the same benefits (even though they do not have the rights and duties) of active Members. After 3 consecutive years of Welcome Status, new Members will be eligible to become active Members of the Tsegyalgar East Dzogchen Community and the International Community.

FOR LINGS - YOUR GAR CONTINUES TO SUPPORT YOU! 

For all Members who are part of a Ling who want to share their Membership dues with their own Ling, it can now be done by selecting the name of your Ling of choice. As per IDC, 45% of your membership will go back to your Ling. 


WE WANT TO THANK YOU!

No amount is too small. Membership helps sustain us as we work together to create a vibrant and supportive community that shares the great blessing of our Master's transmission.


With many thanks and Tashi Delegs,
wishing all a HAPPY LOSAR!



Your Tsegyalgar East Gakyil



[Image of Snow Lion butter lamp by Glen Eddy]
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The Wild Horses of Tara Mandala

Come tame your mind at Tara Mandala, our Dam Trog sister organization founded by Lama Tsultrim Allione, which  offers year-round personal retreats in a pristine environment for short and long term retreats in either cabins or their residence hall Prajna   
Tara Mandala encompasses 700 beautiful acres in the wilderness of Southern Colorado. The Facility includes the Community Building, the Kitchen, the Bookstore, the Residence Hall, the   
More
[Photo credit courtesy of Tara Mandala, Choegyal Namkhai Norbu at Tara Mandala, 2013]  

Rinpoche will teach again at Tara Mandala July 17-19, 2015.

Lama Tsultrim will be offering a free webcast on Guru Rinpoche Day, February 28, 2015 - the first in the New Year of the Wood Sheep Year. For further details and time zone conversions, click here. 

The following video on Facebook captures the essence of this unique practice center.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Raising Lungta at Tsegyalgar East for the Year of the Wood Sheep



[Traditional Lungta Flag reprinted from Rigpa Wiki on Lungta]
"The word lungta (ཀླུང་རྟ་, klung rta) is composed of two syllables: the first, lung, represents the element 'space' in the fivefold classification of the elements 'earth, water, fire, air and space' and signifies 'universal foundation' or 'omnipervasiveness'. [...] The second syllableta (horse) refers to the 'excellent horse' (རྟ་མཆོག་, rta mchog), and since in ancient times in Tibet the horse was the symbol of travelling with the greatest speed, in this case it seems to refer to the transmutation of every thing that depends on the five elements from negative to positive, from good to bad, from misfortune to good fortune, from baleful portents to auspicious signs, from poverty to prosperity, and it implies that this should ensue with the greatest speed."

[Namkhai Norbu, Drung De'u and Bön, translated by Adriano Clemente, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1995 p. 68-70]



Each year on the designated date considered auspicious for raising the Lungta flags, Tsegyalgar East goes through considerable effort to place these around the  schoolhouse and on Khandroling if the roads are passable. 

Our geko, Jeremy Keaton, captured this year’s undertaking in the following photos. 






The kind of Lungta Tsegyalgar East uses are flags imprinted with an AH and Song of the Vajra (seen below).  These can be ordered through the Shang Shung webstore



Saturday, February 21, 2015

More Losar Greetings from Tsegyalgar East


[Graphic by Dominik Niceva]

A Video of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Teaching in Nevada City in 1985

Check out this archival video of Rinpoche at his most quintessential - a teaching in Nevada City, CA in June of 1985.  



Losar 2015 at Tsegyalgar East

Laila Reiss sent us the following photos she took during our Losar celebrations. Enjoy!