Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anasya Weil publishes B is for Buddha: An Enlgihtened Alphabet Book

Anasuya Weil - a graduate of the first class of Tibetan Medicine from Shang Shung Institute at Tsegyagar East,  is a grandmother of five children, biological mother of three and surrogate parent for at least three others.

She lived in India for two years, a Buddhist practitioner since 1971, and experienced the great fortune to study with many amazing Buddhist teachers and lamas. The teachings of the Buddha have been a refuge and support. Her root Guru is Neem Keroli Baba and his kindness towards all has always been an inspiration. Anasuya currently practices Tibetan medicine in Northampton, MA.

She writes: 

The idea of this book came to me while I was sitting a six week silent retreat. It was intended as a Christmas gift to my grandchildren. Although I have practiced Buddhism since I was 19, for many years I did not call myself Buddhist. It seemed that it was enough to be a good person and I wanted my children to have the freedom to choose their own belief or religion. As I got older I became more open to using that terminology because I follow the Buddhist path and because I wanted my children to have clarity about my own choice. It is certainly not necessary to be a "Buddhist." We all want our children to be happy, healthy, caring human beings that contribute to society and find meaning in their lives. How can we help that happen? 

--To read more and hear readings by Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzburg and ama Lama Surya Das, go here

Friday, September 15, 2017

3rd Series of Yantra Yoga & The Pranayama of the Secret Breathing for Directing the Prana into the Central Channel or Humkara, at Tsegyalgar East, with Yantra Yoga Instructor Naomi Zeitz

On the weekend of September 23rd and 24th, Yantra Yoga instructor Naomi Zeitz, will be teaching the first of three Yantra Yoga fall weekends starting with the 3rd Series of Yantra Yoga & the Pranayama of the Secret Breathing for Directing the Prana into the Central Channel or Humkara. 

Transmission is required

The course will take place at the Schoolhouse Gonpa, 18 Schoolhouse Rd, Conway, MA 01341.

Saturday: 9:30am-noon; 3:30pm-6pm
Sunday: 9:30am -noon

$75/full course; $30/session

Register and pay online

**All fees are suggested donations only. Those who are able to, please pay the full fee in support of the Teachings and Tsegyalgar East's operational costs. Those unable to pay suggested amount will not be turned away for lack of funds.

This course focuses on the yantras and the pranayama of the third series, the Secret Breathing for Directing the Prana into the Central Channel. We will extensively practice additional breathing techniques along with the preliminaries of Yantra Yoga to prepare for the movements and the pranayama. Simple modifications for the yantras will be offered to those who need it. 

The 3rd series is a wonderful series and is not too physically challenging, and works with the 5 emotions which is very beneficial.

Movements and functions:
  • Bow - To eliminate obstacles related to being dominated by attachment.
  • Half Moon - To eliminate obstacles related to being dominated by hatred.
  • Lion - To eliminate obstacles related to being dominated by ignorance. (Good for students of Santi Maha Sangha)
  • Vulture - To eliminate obstacles related to being dominated by pride.
  • Triangle - To eliminate obstacles related to being dominated by jealousy.
Experience with the preliminary series of Yantra Yoga important. There will not be time to teach the preliminaries and they are essential for working with the later series and pranayamas. 

Naomi is a second level Yantra Yoga instructor authorized in 2008 and again in 2010 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. She has taught throughout the US, in Canada, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Israel and Venezuela. Naomi is known for her gentle and precise methods, her humor and her capacity to transmit the powerful and profoundly beneficial methods of Yantra Yoga. She specializes in breathing training and working with people of all ages and physical conditions. 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Marilyn McArthur's article, "Times Past: Jittery student floats through meditative traditions of New England learning" appeared in The Greenfield Recorder.

Marilyn McArthur's article, "Times Past: Jittery student floats through meditative traditions of New England learning" appeared in The Greenfield Recorder.   

“Now class, we will sit silently until the bell rings.”
We were suspended on the brink of the weekend, each alone at an immovable desk, and enveloped in a deeply calm and relaxed atmosphere of our mutual creation.
This was how Friday afternoons ended at my new school in second grade. Lately, I wonder how Miss Murphy routinely accomplished that feat of peacefulness with the 30 children in her class at Vernon Street School.
We had cleaned out our desks and filled the wastebasket in the corner with all the scrap paper of the week. Books and notebooks were arranged neatly in our desks and on shelves around the room.  
 Meanwhile, Miss Murphy had washed the blackboards with a big sponge, and someone had stepped outside to clap the erasers free of chalk dust. Inside my desk, my pencil case was clean of shavings, and my eight crayons were lined up in rainbow formation in their little tin box.  To read more, continue here

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Second Annual Tsegyalgar Summer Celebration Pictures July 2017

It was a wonderful week practicing and being together!

Group Photo by John Shannon
Photo by Fred Klarer

Photo by Fred Klarer

Photo by Fred Klarer 

Fireside after Dark by John Shannon

Live Music After Dark by John Shannon

Before Puja on the Last Day by John Shannon 


Peter Fortunato Art Show Opening for "Recollection: Selected Works 2013 - 2017"

Peter Fortunato is a long time member of our community who lives in Ithaca.

Peter Fortunato
Recollection: selected works 2013 – 2017
 Gallery Night Opening August 4,2017
5:00 – 8:00 PM
CAP ArtSpace
Center Ithaca, The Commons

(exhibit runs 8.4.17 - 8.28.17)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SMS Base Talks with Oliver Leick

Oliver Leick, authorized SMS instructor and newly appointed Director of the Shang Shung Foundation will be giving two SMS Base talks at the Tsegyalgar East Schoolhouse on:
Wednesday, August 30, 5-7pm:
Movement and Relaxation - Essential Aspects in our Life
(Followed by Vajra Dance Tun)
Thursday, August 31, 5-7pm:
The Practice of Presence and Awareness - Essential Basic Practices for Dzogchen Practitioners
(Followed by Ganapuja)

Suggested Donation: $25-$50
For further information, please click on SMS Base Talks with Oliver Leick

Monday, July 10, 2017

MIRROR Article on Tsegyalgar East's Participation in the Town of Conway 250th Anniversary

The Mirror, Newspaper of the International Dzogchen currently features a fine article about Tsegyalgar East's participation in the Town of Conway 250th Anniversary with a series of collaborative events which the Community began planning over a year ago. 

To Read more, visit The Mirror

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Light, Air, Water & Space - A Photographic Exhibit by John Shannon at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst MA

 John Shannon, a long time member of our community, is exhibiting a series of his photographs at the Bunett Gallery in the Jones Library, Amherst MA, during the month of July (7/3 - 7/29)

There will be an opening reception for "Light, Air, Water & Space", during Amherst Arts Night Plus, on Thursday, July 6 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The address is: Burnett Gallery, 2nd Floor, Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002.

Hope to see you there!

Second Annual Tsegyalgar Summer Celebration Monday, July 17 - Sunday, July 23, 2017

The 2nd Annual Tsegyalgar Summer Celebration on Khandroling is around the corner!

A 7 day gathering, on the Land of the Dakinis, is planned. It will include an intensive practice retreat offering daily collective practice, community collaboration, dancing, music, food, and more.

Come learn and practice with authorized teachers. Daily practice activities will include Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, collective practice Tuns taught and led by Santi Maha Sangha teachers, Khaita, and Karma Yoga opportunities.
Summer Celebration lunch orders need to be reserved and prepaid by July 1st!

Let us know that you will be coming by reserving your place. Please register and reserve your lunches by clicking on the link below, you will find all program details and lunch menus as well.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Transmission is needed to participate.

Updated Vajra Dance Course Schedules With International Instructor Prima Mai

Prima Mai's updated Vajra Dance course schedule is now available.
First Level Vajra Dance Teacher Training August 10-15th

Dance of the Three Vajras Supervision Course August 18-20th. Course open to all who have transmission.

Dance of the Vajra That Benefits Beings Supervision Course August 21-23rd. Course Open to all.

Advanced Vajra Dance Course, September 1-4th.

For more information and to register please go to:…/tsegyalgareast/tsegyalgareastcale/ . 

Thank you!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pictures from Tsegyalgar's Open House at Conway's 250th Anniversary Celebration - June 17 & 18 2017

Thanks to all those who helped out at our Open House during Conway's 250th Anniversary Celebration. A great time was had by all!

The Open House was a wonderful collaborative effort between the International Dzogchen Community, Shang Shung Institute of USA, and A.S.I.A. 

Big thanks to Paula Barry, John Shannon and Dimitri Rimsky for their lovely photographs, and Dominik Niceva for her video.

Information regarding our three organizations
Origami Club paper lotus parade display
Matt Schmookler speaking about Tibetan Medicine
Giorgio Dallorto speaking about  Tibetan coins & paper money

Yantra Yoga demonstrations in front of Field Memorial Library

Harmonious Dances Demonstration 

 Conway 250th Anniversary Celebration Parade

         Khaita dancing with our dancers and Conway locals during the Harmonious Dances demo       

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tsegyalgar East Summer of Yantra Yoga & Vajra Dance with International Instructors Laura Evangelisti & Prima Mai

July and August 2017

Yantra Yoga Courses

Supervision of First Level Yantra Yoga Candidates
with International Instructor
Laura Evangelisti
July 24–29, 2017
Open to all to participate in the course

Yantra Yoga Second Level Supervision
with International Instructor Laura Evangelisti
July 30–August 4, 2017
Open to all with transmission

Kumar Kumari

Yantra Yoga for Children
August 5-6, 2017
Training for Yantra Yoga teachers, and practitioners with transmission who would like to teach children.

Vajra Dance Courses

with International Instructor Prima Mai From approximately mid to late August More details TBA

First Level Vajra Dance Teacher Training · Advanced Course of the Dance of the
Song of the Vajra

Supervision Course of the Dance of the
Three Vajras

Supervision Course of the Dance of the
Song of the Vajra that Benefits Beings

For more information contact: secretary@ or call 413 369 4153

Tara Mandala Announces The Chod-Zhije Conference Schedule for July 12-16, 2017

To access the full schedule for this historic conferance on Chod

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Khaita Dancers Followed by Khandroling Paper Cooperative Lotus Bearers During the Conway 250th Anniversary Parade

Here's a charming video of our Khaita Dancers and Khandroling Paper Cooperative Lotus bearers handing out Lotuses during the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway. Many Thanks to all who organized and planned this event


June 24, 2017 General Assembly for Tsegyalgar East Members

Dear Members of Tsegyalgar East,

This upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 4:00PM, there will be a General Assembly of Tsegyalgar East members followed by Ganapuja.

This is a great opportunity to get involved and directly find out about our Gar's past, present and discuss together our future situation.

You can join us in person or if you wish to join us via skype please email us your skype ID

If you cannot attend personally, but you know someone who will, you can designate that person as a proxy. All practitioners can participate, only paid members can vote.

Saturday, June 24th at 4:00 PM
TE Assembly Agenda
  1. 2017 Budget 
  2. Five year Strategic Plan: Year 1 2017 
  3. Presentation of New Gakyil Candidates
  4. Update on IDC TGE Alignment 
  5. Q&A
Looking forward seeing you all soon,
Tsegyalgar East Gakyil

Monday, June 19, 2017

"The Seven Line Prayer: A Course in Calligraphy, Syntax and Meaning" Taught by Giorgio Dallorto

Shang Shung Institute presents Calligraphy with Giorgio Dallorto - "The Seven Line Prayer: A Course in Calligraphy, Syntax and Meaning."

The course will take place in the Tsegyalgar East Library, 18 Schoolhouse Rd., Conway, MA 01341 on June 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm nightly.

Cost: By Donation, suggested donation $20 per session. Please contact  Anna Bartenstein at to register.

This calligraphy course is on the Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava, studying the Uchen calligraphy and syntax of the words. It is also suitable for people who have not studied Tibetan. We will also study the meaning of the verses.

Participants should bring an exercise book, possibly with lines or squares to help with the dimensions of the calligraphy, and a pen, preferably for calligraphy, or with a broad nib.

Giorgio Dallorto
Born in Piedmonte in 1953, in my youth due to an interest in yoga, I became interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan Culture in general. This brought me to meet my future and main teacher, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in the summer of 1978. In the beginning of the 80s I spent a few years traveling in India and Nepal, visiting the main Tibetan settlements, with the scope of deepening my knowledge of their cultural and artistic heritage. In the 90s I started to collaborate with the International Dzogchen Community working actively for Merigar in many different roles: blue and yellow gakyil member, geko, manager of the Merishop, consultant for SSI, etc. Over the last 20 years, I have dedicated myself in a free and independent way to the in-depth study of Tibetan history and culture and, in particular, the arts, deepening my knowledge of Tibetan painting and bronzes of the past and today. Over the last five years, I have been studying Tibetan language under the direction of Prof. Fabian Sanders with the Ka-ter project of the SSF, giving particular attention to the study of the different styles of Tibetan calligraphy. I have collaborated with the international magazine, The Mirror, and the Merigar magazine, writing different articles for them about history, art, and spiritual biographies of Tibetan masters.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Out and About Tsegyalgar East

This week showed lots of activities as the community in Conway at Tsegyalgar East undertook preparation for the 250th Anniversary for the town of Conway, Massachusetts and coming summer events.

Matt and Katya Schmookler et el--kids in tow,  arrived to begin teaching their Two Step Khaita Dance introduction workshop; Dominik and Helena arrived from Miami via car to move here; Amanda, Tim and Jeremy attended to fixing the pot holes in the parking lots behind and in front of the yellow schoolhouse building; Khandroling Paper Cooperative held our last origami club meeting to try on costumes, discuss parade logistics AND hang our Members exhibition.

Helena and Dominik

Tim and Amanda

First Khaita Meeting with Matt and Katya

Amanda's Lotus mobile for the parade cart

KPC Members Paper Arts Exhibt

Helena and basket of Lotuses

Close up of our Lotus basket showing the distinct quality of each blossom
 which took about 20 minutes to make each one.

[Photos by Dominik, Jacqueline and Nancy]

Thursday, June 8, 2017

KPC Sacred Paper Workshop During Summer Celebration, July 18 and 19, 2017 Noon-2:00 PM

For the first time Khandroling Paper Cooperative will offer a sacred papermaking workshop during the Summer Celebration, July 18 and 19, 2017 for practitioners to make handmade paper with recycled precious texts and numerous sacred substances we have collected over the years. To read more about the Summer Celebration on Khandroling, visit here

These papers can be used for gifts to Teachers, calligraphy of seed syllables, wrapping, storing sacred objects, making origami items, covering amulets as well as for paper arts projects (bookmaking, printmaking etc). KPC has made paper for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Lama Tsultrim Allione and private commissions.

Sacred substances we provide include many sacred pills and texts from the Dzogchen lineages; substances such as earth and sand from power spots around the world; plant materials such as nettles from Milarepa's birthplace and juniper from Machig's birthplace; clay from Ayukhandro's cave. clothing worn by CHNNR; meditation belt remnants. Individuals can also provide their own substances.

Traditionally, discarded texts in the Tibetan culture are burned and treated with the utmost respect. We also include used prayer flags and copies of teachings from the Mirror. However, the bulk of the pulp from which we make paper is derived from Asian fibers such as Kozo (Mulberry), Gampi, and Mitsumata combined with our own rag we beat in the "critter" our Hollander Beater.  

Our process is quite simple and anyone can learn in minutes how to make handmade paper. We already have on hand many different kinds of pulp that we have processed from our natural fibers and cotton rag. Below Sheryl is mixing up a pulp in the Vat while making paper for Lama Tsultrim. You can read more about that sessions, here. 

Here Sheryl is mixing some pulp into the vat

Adding sacred substances ground into fine powder

Pulling a sheet of paper

Beginning in the Fall of  2017, KPC will offer private commissions for practitioners and artists to make custom sacred paper according to their designation.