Saturday, January 31, 2015

An Important Message from the International Gakyil about Memberships

The Mirror recently posted the following article from the IDC about the new membership categories and various questions.  
There are a number of questions being raised by changes to the membership system this year, as the International Dzogchen Community becomes an established reality. We hope to answer most questions here in one place, rather than answering on an individual basis. Please do let us know if anything is still not clear!
To Read More visit the online Mirror article.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Quinn - crystal ball at the center of the universal mandala

Thursday, January 29, 2015

News from Margaret J. Wheatley

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This new header represents a shift in the focus and direction of my work. Increasingly I feel compelled to speak and teach about how we can persevere and do good work as Warriors for the Human Spirit. I draw great strength and clarity from the red rock canyons of southern Utah, so they appear here and in the design of my new website. And raven, as described in my newest book How Does Raven Know?, is a continual reminder of the many sources of support and companionship available to us from ancient ways of knowing this planet. To preview my new book, click here to visit my new web site:

I would like to tell you of three seminars or retreats I'm offering in the first half of 2015, each of which focuses on strengthening us warriors to be able to persevere and contribute well to this increasingly difficult time.

Engaging Wholeheartedly as Women Leaders:
Maintaining stamina, direction and values in the midst of challenge and uncertainty
The Sophia Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, May 8-9, 2015
For description and information, visit

Avoiding the Ambush of Hope
A Retreat for Exhausted and Overworked Leaders
Hosted by FOUG
Montréal, Canada June 4 to 6, 2015
For description and information, visit 

Subtle Beliefs that Restrict Our Leadership Capacity:
Peeling the Onion One More Layer
Cape Cod Institute, August 3-7, 2015
For description and information, visit 

Please continue to check my website at for additional seminars, retreats and new products.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rochelle Hood May 27 1935- Jan 23 2015

[Photo reprinted from the Mirror]

Rochelle Hood 
May 27 1935- Jan 23 2015

A long-time Dzogchen Community  member, Rochelle was known throughout the community and beyond. She was an excellent and reliable provider of healthcare through her use of Shiatsu, and later Ku Kye healing techniques and helped many people to have better lives through her treatments. Her specialties also included acupuncture, cupping, a brand of Philippines massage and macrobiotic counseling, all of which she was highly trained in. She was born in the Philippines where she leaves family and friends, and lived for many years in NYC, Paris, Germany, and Italy. It was in Italy near Merigar that she passed away among her Dzogchen family after some years of declining health and illness. 

There are personal reminiscences abounding of Rochelle, because she was very witty and exuberant and loved to talk to people and engage in all the activities of the community such as performing the Vajra Dance, retreats, practices, parties, teas, excursions. She was known for her irreverent sense of humor and her self-deprecating manner; she did not seem to take anyone’s pretenses seriously, least of all her own. And yet despite her frequent hilarity, she showed a profound respect for the Guru, Dharma and Sangha, as well as real understanding and experiences of her dharma practice. She was a good person to be around, a real friend.

She will be greatly missed by many people, and we will not see anyone quite like her again. It was a pleasure and privilege to call her our sister. Our prayers go to her for a speedy and good rebirth.

By Lauri Marder