Dear Tsegyalgar East Members and Friends,
On behalf of the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil, in the spirit of the holidays, we would like to thank everyone for your generosity and collaboration during 2012. As you know, Tsegyalgar East's membership drive is well under way. This is a time when traditionally the Yellow Gakyil looks forward to create our 2013 budget. There is so much to anticipate in 2013---our retreats with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu; a renewed commitment to further the mission of Shang Shung Institute; the completion of the Vajra Hall project as we begin to plan our 30th anniversary celebration in 2014; new community initiatives such as the Khandroling cooperative and papermaking endeavors; and explorations to bring you online practices and a dedicated SMS study group.
By now all members should have received a letter and 2013 Membership Application Form. As you know, membership fees provide Tsegyalgar's life blood allowing us to maintain and sustain Rinpoche's Dzogchen Teachings in North America. Memberships are on a calendar-year-basis and it's vital that members renew early in the year. This is especially true again in 2013 when Rinpoche will conduct both general and Santi Maha Sangha retreats in June. Planning for these events is already underway and most of the expenses associated with them occurs prior to the events. Your early renewal is important to making the retreats a success.
Membership in the Dzogchen Community in America has many benefits including reduced fees to attend retreats (non-member retreat fees will be significantly higher this year), access to the online Mirror, discounts on the use of personal retreat cabins and access to Rinpoche's regular series of webcast teachings. While most members select the "Ordinary Membership" category there are membership rates available for those with reduced incomes, families and those who are able to provide greater support. The cost of an Ordinary Membership amounts to just .71 cents/day.
The easiest way to renew your membership is online at: tsegyalgar.org/support/onlinemembership/
or download a membership renewal form and submit by mail: tsegyalgar.org/membership/membershipforms/
As shown again and again our community life together is far more than annual reports and budgets. It is in our mutual sustenance during these fragile times. Membership helps sustain us as we work together to create a vibrant and supportive community who share the great blessing of our master's transmission.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year to all during this holiday season!
The Yellow Gakyil
John La France