Friday, July 5, 2013

Who We are as a Community

Members in the Dzogchen Community represent a diverse and multi-genrational group of individuals. About the ONLY thing we have in common is that we follow the Dzogchen lineage of Tibetan master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

For the last two years we were blessed with the presence of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu who magnetized so many of us to attend his retreats at Tsegyalgar East in Conway, MA and participate in programs on our retreat land in Buckland - Khandroling.

Although most retreats with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu are now presented as Open Webcasts, attending in person offers a rich opportunity to refine one's understanding and receive the support of fellow practitioners in the community.

The picture above evokes the kind of deep listening and attention that Chogyal Namkhai Norbu inspires. Among the last generation of Tibetan masters educated in Tibet, he is considered a foremost Teacher of Dzogchen and a significant scholar of early Tibetan History. His full biography and list of publications can be found here.

 Here two graduates from Shang Shung Institute's  Four Year Tibetan Medicine program meet up.

In addition to our rich practice life, recently Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has embarked on an international program of introducing Tibetan singing and dancing during his retreats. In numerous blog posts you can see the various manifestations of this joyful activity.

Ed Goldberg of Catalysta has an interesting article on Contemporary Tibetan singers.
Plans are currently underway for our 2014 Inauguration for the Vajra Hall and 30th Anniversary celebrations at Tsegyalgar East. To view dates, please visit the Mirror online for Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's international teaching schedule. Details will be announced shortly. 

To further enhance the well being of our community two new initiatives were created with the emergence of the Khandroling Farm Coop on lower Khandroling directed by Yuchen Namkhai and an art's program through the Khandroling Paper Cooperative which recycles sacred texts into beautiful paper  to provide income eventually for the community and cooperative member artists.

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