Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year and Recap of 2014 Milestones

[Photo reprinted from the Mirror] 

Dear Vajra Community--

Best Wishes for the New Year!

Many milestones occurred in 2014 at Tsegyalgar East including, of course, our Retreat with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu, the 30th Anniversary including the dance  competition between Tsegyalgar and Namgyalgar and the Inauguration of the Mandala Hall.

Visit the NEW online Mirror (another milestone) for an article about Rinpoche’s Teaching/Commentary,  Light of the Sun on The Four Dharmas of Longchenpa in July 2014. 

Visit to download the new pdf format.


Soledad Suarez’s video highlights the importance of the Mandala Hall  project which houses the first Universal mandala on Earth along with some wonderful archival footage of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu.




Congratulations to Joey and Laila on the birth of their third child, a son - VEDA KAI MELLA-REISS, born October 13, 2014 in Conway, MA at home who joins  Laila, Joey, Goma Devi and Ati Norbu

Congratulations to Matt Schmookler and Katya Borisenko 
on the birth of their son Varya

Tashi Kaiser of the NY ling and Sydney Maressa 
were married on August 1, 2014


2014 marked a year of losing many friends. We celebrate their life and remember them well for their dedication to the Teachings. 

Andrea Sertoli
Thomas Kehoe
Kathy McGrane
Catherine Ling

Khaita Tibetan Joyful Dances - Harmony in the Space
became an international sensation in 2014.
Click here to view the fantastic video of dances performed at most every Gar and Ling in honor of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu’s birthday on December 8, 2014.


MORE TO COME..........

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Season's Greetings from Tsegyalgar East and West

The Coming of Light*
Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light. 
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves, 
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, 
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine 
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.
..Open your inner eye and observe yourself. Stop searching for a lamp outside of you to illuminate yourself inside. Kindle your inner light. Then the teaching will live in you, and you - in the teaching....  -Choegyal Namkhai Norbu 
-Reprinted from "Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State" (Part 1.1)
SEASON’S GREETINGS and Love to all From Tsegyalgar East
TSEGYALGAR WEST sends Holiday wishes and thanks to all for your support of the reconstruction project and preparations of Rinpoche's Winter retreat happening this weekend at the Gar. It has been an extraordinary year and TW is poised to move forward into a new phase of growth in 2015.

Please do join us at the retreat on the webcast Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Dec. 20-22nd from 12-2 p.m. EST.and check our website for 2015 program schedule and information.

We send you our very best wishes for a marvelous holiday season filled and all best in the New Year ahead!

Warm wishes and best from
Tsegyalgar West Gakyil

[Photo credit: Dharamsala candle by  Rosemary Rawcliff]
*Poem by Mark Strand Reprinted from the Academy of American Poets website