Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanks GIving

[View outside Tsegyagar East door during Mandarava Retreat by C. Hotaling]

Each year in the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated in honor of the generous spirit of sharing food among the early pilgrims and indiginous people who offered their sustenance. Through out the world traditional harvest meals are served to celebrate the bounty of the season. We give thanks for these gifts.

Generally, non-profit organizations and practice communities at this time remind      people to make end-of-year tax deductible donations. There are so many ways that you can help Tsegyalgar East continue to grow. Whether you offer your energy with the gold of karma yoga or financial support, your contributions are the life blood of our community. We deeply appreciate your participation in making the Gar a lasting presence to contain the precious Teachings of Dzogchen.

Among the recent milestones happening at Tsegyalgar East you might have noticed are the ongoing webcasts of all pujas via webcast. In fact, Tsegyalgar East hosted the first series of live audio webcasts beginning in 2001. This legacy continues today in providing the International community with virtual opportunities to practice together as Vajra sisters and brothers- especially important for those who do not live near practice groups. The Tibetan Medicine School continues to provide unique opportunities to train in English both in residence or online with brief residencies.  Another unique feature of Tsegyalgar East is the manifestation of the Mandala Hall that houses the only Universal Mandala in the world. 

As Nina Robinson pointed out during her week long Mandarava retreat, Tsegyalgar East has long been the site of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu’s 
terma including - the Cycle of Night and Day, The Vajra Dance, and numerous dreams relating to his special Longsal cycle of Teachings.  

In recent years, Tsegyalgar East has faced a number of financial challenges. Major renovations of the yellow schoolhouse need repairing as well as many of the retreat cabins on Khandroling.  Road installations and water systems need to be upgraded o Khandroling.  It is important that we all do what we can to preserve the infrastructure. 

Please consider making a timely donation online  to further these projects by visiting here.  Select the “General Donation” button for projects relating to the yellow schoolhouse.  You can also contact the secretary at

Over the coming year there will be many opportunities for karma yoga. 

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