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,or Tsering Choden

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, or, or 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. 

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 :

(Painting of Mandarava by Wilven Pedersen)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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

15 March 2015

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:

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.

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​.
TEL. 0564 966837

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 or email
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

March 15th, 2015

Location: Schoolhouse Gonpa

6:00 PM

Dakini Ganapuja

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

Recently Chögyal Namkhai Norbu hard began to make necklaces as a fundraiser for Dzamling Gar's 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

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: