Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yantra Yoga West USA May 2017 Los Angeles, Berkeley, Albuquerque, Boulder. All Courses With Instructor Naomi Zeitz

Los Angeles
Breathing, Kumbhaka and Pranayamas Course
Santa Monica Canyon
May 6-7, 2017
Rustic Canyon Recreation Center
601 Latimer Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
RSVP & Contact: Sanford Bardwell (323) 696-0108 Dzcommnityla@gmail.com
Suggested donation: $108/course or $65/day
Some experience of Yantra Yoga is most helpful, especially Lungsang, or the Eight Movements.
Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu required.

Harmonious Breathing, Yantra Yoga, and Kumbhaka
Dondrubling in Berkeley, California
May 12-14, 2017
Dondrubling, 2748 Adeleine St, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94703
Web Address: http://dzogchencommunitywest.org/
RSVP & Contact: Luke lotublossomkiss@yahoo.com
Cost for all: $30 per Session; $55/day; Weekend, $108
Harmonious Breathing
Free Introduction Friday May 12, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday May 13, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Harmonious Breathing is a key element in coordinating the functions of the mind and body. It calms the mind, reduces tension in the body, and improves both physiological and cerebral functions. Complete and Harmonious breathing can also be used to better understand the practice of Yantra Yoga and any Pranayama methods as well as indispensable for developing presence and relaxation in daily life.
Open to all.
Working with Circumstances: Yantra Yoga with Modifications
Saturday May 13, 9:30am-12pm
Perhaps you are wondering how to work with an old injury, the challenges of flexibility and aging within your yantra yoga practice? This course is designed for those working with circumstances and wish to deepen their experience and understanding within the practice of Yantra Yoga. We will learn how to modify various positions from the Yantra Yoga system so that everyone, despite challenges can adapt to their practice.
Understanding Kumbhaka:
Sunday May 14, 2 Sessions: 9:30am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-5:30pm
Harmonious Breathing, Soft Yantra Yoga and the Pranayamas of the First and Second Series will be used to explain the Kumbhaka.
Some experience of Yantra Yoga helpful.
Transmission by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu required.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Introduction and Follow-up Course to Yantra Yoga
May 20-21, 2017
Form Studio, 3001 Monte Vista Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106
Contact: Bjaymonkey@swcp.com
Checks need to be received by May 13.
Please send checks to:
Becky Page
3504 Campus Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Cost for the retreat is $92 early bird, then $108 after that.
We will study the system of breathing, the three preliminary series and, if possible, enter into the first series of Yantras. People who know Yantra Yoga can also benefit by going more deeply and also refining what they know.
Open to all.

Boulder, CO
Introduction to Yantra Yoga
May 26-28, 2017
Bodywork Bistro
3825 Iris Ave #300
Boulder, CO 80301
Contact: Keith Hirsch: 808-754-3637 or email: khirsch@students.naropa.edu
$30 per Session; $55/day; Weekend, $108
We will study the system of breathing, the three preliminary series and, if possible, enter into the first series of Yantras. People who know Yantra Yoga can also benefit by going more deeply and also refining what they know.
Open to all.

Naomi Zeitz has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1987 and has been teaching Yantra Yoga since 2008. She specializes in training in harmonious breathing, working with people with limited physical capacity and of all ages. She was authorized to teach Harmonious Breathing by Fabio Andrico in 2013.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stephen Korns Public Installation in Downtown Houston Now Featured Online

The Mayor's office of the City of Houston, Texas just announced that the downtown public art work of Stephen Korns, long time DCA member, who worked on this project since 2014, just received its first write up.

Stephen writes there is "more to come, presumably,  with a website of past Houston and other projects including the videos from The Houston Oracle in Two Parts." 

From the Houston Mayor's Office Press Release: 

New Artwork Illuminates Houston’s Past with Multisensory Experience

March 20, 2017 -- The Bagby Street passage under Bayou Place, between Capitol Street and Texas Avenue, is now home to the newest addition to the City’s Art Collection. The Houston Oracle in Two Parts by sculptor Stephen Korns honors the city’s history while also improving the pedestrian experience in the Theater District. Korns used photographs, video, sound, reclaimed materials and special lighting to turn the underpass into a multimedia work of art. Like the artist’s signature Lunar Lighting project along Buffalo Bayou, the lighting for this new artworkchanges nightly with the lunar cycle.
“It is wonderful that Mr. Korns was able to incorporate Houston’s history and views from the International Space Station into this artwork,” said Mayor Turner. “In addition, the roadway and pedestrian lighting improvements demonstrate how art can be used to enhance our public improvement projects in multiple ways.”

Stephen Korns is a sculptor with an extensive resume of site-specific installations in the United States and in Europe. He has created designs for environments ranging from individual rooms to public parks, plazas, bridges and highways, and from urban waterfronts and large industrial structures to historic town settings. In developing the artwork concept and design, Korns considered the site’s proximity to historic City Hall, Houston Public Library, Sam Houston Park, neighboring theaters and the adjacent Buffalo Bayou.
“An encounter with the artwork provides an opportunity for exploration and discovery," says Korns. "The work asks questions about living in the city, what is saved of the past, who we've been and what we have in common.”

To continue reading about this project, visit here

The following article further examines Stephen's work:

Here is an audio interview with Stephen Korns on the Houston Public Art:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

LIVE AUCTION with Tashi Mannox in NYC at Tibet House, April 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM-10:00 PM and Tsegyalgar East Residency in Conway, MA - May 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2017

Live Auction fundraiser for Shang Shung Institute USA and the NYC Dzogchen Community with world renowned calligrapher Tashi Mannox and three well known NYC artists. Refreshments and live music. All are welcome. Contact: mirrornk@gmail.com or curzio.aloisi@gmail.com.

May 5,6 7, 2017 continue reading here. To register scroll down for details!

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop in Conway, MA where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables**. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art - as a means of liberating the mind.

The unique nature of this weekend workshop which is co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, is to realize the perfection in the imperfection, with an attitude of non expectation and fearlessness through creativity. Anybody can attend and does not need previous artistic experience as a calligrapher. 

Some paper, ink and calligrapahy brushes provided

*An ensō is a disciplined-creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

**Seed Syllables Link

Wrathful HUM by Tashi Mannox

Dormitory option at $30 a night in the Yellow Schoolhouse
***Some work exchanges may be possible for teacher care, set-up and clean-up, registration, Airport pick and departure for Tashi, and cooking.

Friday Night, May 5th, 2017-- Book Signing and Reception-- 5:30-7:30 PM
On the evening of Friday, May 5th, a public reception and book signing of Tashi’s new publication 'Sacred Scripts' - A Meditative Journey through Tibetan Calligraphy - illuminating the beauty of the various and endangered Tibetan scripts, through inspiring, if not thought provoking Buddhist quotes and Buddha images. Endorsed by H.H Dalai Lama. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 --
Class 9:30 -12:30 PM (tea break)
Lunch Break 12:30 PM--1:30 PM (usually pot luck)
Class 1:30-5 PM (Tea Break)Dinner -Catered Tibetan style (donation requested) at the schoolhouse 

Optional: for those interested Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a hands on introduction to papermaking after dinner.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Same as Saturday through 5:00 PM
Dinner TBA local restaurant

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, May 8, 2017
In the Khandroling Paper Studio with Tashi to make calligraphy PAPER using sacred texts and substances added to traditional Asian fibers. Limited to 6 people. This is a very special event. Please apply early. By donation. 

Tsegyalgar East
18 Schoolhouse Road
Conway, MA 01341

REGISTRATION: Please register using the PayPal button below or contact secretary @ shangshung.org or (413) 369-4928 for more information.

For further information about work exchanges, sliding scale and papermaking option contact, Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or 413-522-1125

To reserve space in the Tsegyalgar East dormitory, contact Jeremy at geko@tsegyalgar.org

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Breath in Daily Life by Dr. Phunstog Wangmo

Thursday, April 6 at 6 pm:
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield.

open and by optional donation

FREE CHILDCARE upon request: 413-358-2626
all meditations at the UU Church at 6 pm
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
unless otherwise stated

Menpa (Dr.) Phuntsog Wangmo is the Academic Director of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, located in Conway, MA. Menpa Phuntsog received her advanced degree in Tibetan Medicine from Lhasa Tibetan Medicine College and trained with two of Tibet’s foremost doctors. Since 1996, Menpa Phuntsog dedicated many years of work as a doctor in the Eastern Tibet where she collaborated and directed the implementation of A.S.I.A (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), a non-profit organization founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and dedicated to serving the Tibetan people in the sectors of education, health, training, disaster relief, and sustainable economic development. She has been practicing Tibetan Medicine for over 30 years and she speaks and lectures regularly throughout the US, Europe and Russia.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Vince Moore R.I.P. April 1, 2017

Sadly, early this morning our dear friend and Vajra brother Vince Moore
passed away. A few years ago Vince moved to Western Mass. from Yakima
Washington to be near his Vajra kin. Vince had many gifts and skills which
he freely offered to the community and to his family and friends. He was
always available to offer his physical skills on any project and his many
technical land-use planning talents on Khandroling and other community
projects. Vince passed very peacefully surrounded by his six children and
former wife Anita. Many friends from the Dzogchen and Shambala communities
had time with him during his final days offering practice and presence
during his transition. We will miss him.--John La France


I met Vince through the Marders who met him in Tsegyalgar West and the Lumbini project. Vince was an unofficial member of the Vajra Hall/Khandroling  Development team where he used his navigational and design skills to walk the land on various trails and assess choices for future road development. By unofficial I mean incognito with little fuss.

Vince's move to Western Mass was to prepare for his death. More than prepare for death but for a perfect passing. While helping him move a couple of months ago into his final home, a lovely assisted living apartment--I came across a clear plastic bag as I was unpacking marked something like "My Cremation Clothes" --Can't exactly remember the words but inside was what appeared to be a vivid colored caftan. Vince WAS pepared on the outer, inner and secret level. He remains for me a model of how practitioners can be awake rather than in denial about the realities of dying. 

To me Vince manifested as a warrior (In the true Shambhalan sense) whose positive attitude radiated no matter what the adverse circumstances of his many medical conditions. He faced his multiple bouts with cancer fearlessly, with great open heart,  and without shame. I admired his courage in these last months to openly share his conditon rather than withdraw.  We talked dharma, mind essence, sharing in stories of our mutual citizenship in Shambhala and the Dzogchen Community, Like Nary, he brought us together to celebrate life in the midst of sickness. I celebrate your journey Vince wherever you're going. Thanks Vince for your dignity and compassion-Jacqueline Gens


To be continued......

Please leave your recollections in the comment section or send to jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

Memories of Bosley Hiss by Elisa Gonzales of Texas

My first memory of Bosley was watching him make himself a meal in the kitchen of the Schoolhouse in Conway, Mass. That ended up being an ongoing event that pervaded the whole of the retreat – Bosley at the kitchen counter, making a meal. It seemed to take hours and he expressed how very important it was for him to be able to make his own meals for health purposes.

It was my first time at Tsegyalgar East (2007) and I was eager for contact with others to begin to familiarize myself with the Gar and the Dzogchen Community. My impression at that time was that it was also a fairly new experience for Bosley as well, although my memory may not be accurate about how far back he had contact with the Dzogchen Community.

In the course of our conversation, we discovered we knew a lot of the same people and had connections with sangha members in the Shambhala and Rigpe Dorje Communities. He shared with me stories of his spiritual journey, his three year retreat, and his connection with other teachers.

He generously offered to give me rides around the nearby areas and to take me to buy offerings for the Ganapuja celebrated at the end of the retreat. He was hoping to be able to stay on at the Schoolhouse for a longer period of time as his financial situation was complicated. He was open in sharing his present circumstances, and I thoroughly enjoyed his wry humorous observations.

I saw Bosley again in 2008 at the Tsegyalgar retreat with Rinpoche. By then, he was coordinating the food offerings for the Ganapujas and was quite busy with karma yoga at the Schoolhouse. Our contact was brief due to how busy we both were.

By the time we saw each other again in 2012 and 2013, things had changed for both of us. Here in Texas we had a small group and weekly practice meetings. Having participated in an online SMS study group and in online meetings as a member of the Gakyil, I had learned how helpful the online format could be in allowing those at a distance to participate. Our meetings had become both online and in person to accommodate those who could not drive to the meetings or who had moved and still wanted to participate.
At that time, Bosley shared with me that his physical condition was deteriorating. He had a degenerative bone disease and had difficulty getting around. He was less and less able to attend programs. I invited him to join our practice group online, which he did. In addition, he and I would meet online to practice together. When his laptop became too heavy to hold while lying down, it was replaced with a tablet.

Over the next couple of years, his situation became more and more difficult. His treasured ability to make his own meals encountered obstacles due to his having to stay at an assisted living facility and his own decreasing ability to physically maintain independence. This became a source of deep depression for him.

At one point, he told me that he was too depressed to practice and was having too much trouble concentrating. It made me remember and appreciate Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche’s words about the difficulty of maintaining visualization practices when one is dying. Then he started telling me he was too depressed to even talk by phone so we stopped communicating with the understanding that he would call if he wanted to talk.

I knew he had sangha who tried to help him in Boston, and I was so glad to see that practitioners were with him when he died. Last night, our Texas online group practiced Shitro for this devoted Vajra brother. Good journey, Bosley!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bosley Hiss (Yeshe Yongdu) November 29, 1941-March 29, 2017

The following message came in from Shambhala regarding the passing of Bosley Hiss who was also a dedicated member of the Dzogchen Community and 
student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for many years

It is with sadness that I write to let you know that Bosley Hiss (Yeshe Yongdu) departed this life this morning around 10:45am. He was surrounded by friends and family during his entire passing up until his last moments, as we sang to him and held space to let go. There was tremendous peace and bravery in his passing.

Bosley's body will be moved to the Shambhala Center by this evening and we will practice with his body for 3 days followed by a Sukhavati Ceremony on Saturday 4/1 at 7pm. Please see here for the schedule if you wish to offer your practice and sit with Bosley, everyone is warmly invited.

Bosley Hiss
(Yeshe Yongdu)November 29, 1941-March 29, 2017
Bosley was a student of the 16th Karmapa and of Tenga Rinpoche, and was a monk for many years before leaving the monastic community and joining Shambhala. He studied with Khandro Rinpoche who offered prayers for him upon his death. He also did a three year retreat under the auspices of Kalu Rinpoche's sangha in Germany in the early 2000's. He was well-known to newer students of the Boston center as a tireless volunteer, particularly in the kitchen. Bosley was a true warrior of the heart and he will be deeply missed.

Thank you to everyone who supported Bosley through this transition, we look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday and through the next few days of practice.

With Love,

Ashley Hodson
Executive DirectorShambhala Boston

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Three Happy Yogins at Kripalu!!!!

Paula, Fabio Andrico and Naomi at Yantra Yoga Teachers Training with Fabio Andirco 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lama Tsultrim Allione to Teach Chod April 26-30, 2017

“I saw for the first time that this practice of feeding demons was something that related specifically and directly to my life, to my struggles as a Western woman and as a mother. I realized that the demons that I was feeding in the Chöd were actually very much a part of my own day-to-day life; they were my 'stuff,' my issues, my fears, my anger . . . And no matter what demon I brought to the feast, the result was always freedom from tension.” - Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Register for the Chöd (from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu) retreat on April 26-30, with Lama Tsultrim Allione, Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer. For more information about Chöd and retreat registration, click here -> taramandala.org/chod-chnn-17

Friday, March 24, 2017

Introduction to Yantra Yoga with Naomi Zeitz April 9-10, 2017

Introduction to Yantra Yoga

Introduction to Yantra Yoga

A basic introduction to Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement. We will study the system of breathing, the 3 preliminary series and if possible we will enter into the first series of Yantras. People who know Yantra Yoga can also benefit by going more deeply and also refining what they know.

The Nine Purification Breathings
A Series for Loosening the Joints
The Eight Basic Movements
Exercises for Controlling the Channels

No transmission required.

Loose clothing and light meals recommended. Also reading and viewing: Book: Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement DVD: Yantra Yoga Part 1  

Days: April 8-9, 2017

Saturday and Sunday
9:30am - noon and 2:30 - 5:00pm

Location: Tsegyalgar East Schoolhouse
18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA

Instructor: Naomi Zeitz has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Yantra Yoga since 1987 and has been an authorized Yantra Yoga instructor since 2008. She specializes in teaching simple yet profound methods of breathing and working with people of all ages and physical conditions.

Minimum of 5 participants needed for it to happen: please RSVP secretary@tsegyalgar.org

Cost: $120/Full Course or $35/per Session
Register at: www.shangshung.org/home/online-store

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Irregular Dance of the 3 Vajras Practice Weekend with Ed Hayes

Date: March 25th-26th, 2017.
Category: Vajra Dance Practice
Location: Tsegyalgar East Schoolhouse Gonpa

Saturday & Sunday Schedule:10:00am Class of 3 Vajras
2:30pm-3:30pm Review of Irregular 
3:30pm-5:00pm Practice of Irregular

Instructor: Ed Hayes

For further information contact the secretary at secretary@tsegyalgar.org

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Join Us for a Spring Cleaning

You are invited to participate in......

Spring Karma Yoga!
Karma Yoga focus:  The Schoolhouse Gonpa!

Saturday April 15, 10am - 5pm
Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and a favorite cleaning supply or tool
We'll put some music on, open the windows, and practice integrating nature of mind & cleaning! Questions?  Contact Sarale slizdas@gmail.com

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shang Shung Institute USA 2017 Spring Events

SSI-USA is offering a rich array of events this spring including Tibetan Medicine, Dance and Calligraphy workshops. Check out the details below!

Healing with the Five Elements

Free Talk on Tibetan Medicine Live Webcast through Facebook!
with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo

April 21st, 7:30pm PDT at Dondrubling in Berkeley, CA

This is a free public talk on the foundational theory of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Learn how the five elements are considered to be the basic building blocks of the Universe including our body, its physiology and the world it lives in. Understand how that knowledge can be applied to protect and balance our health throughout our daily life activity.

Join our Facebook event to be notified when we go live.


Horme: An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine Warm Oil Compress for Mental Health

with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo

April 22nd, 9:30am-12:30pm PDT at Dondrubling in Berkeley, CA

Horme, literally meaning "Mongolian Moxibustion," is a warm oil compress used on specific points related to the central nervous system for balancing mental health conditions. It is a very helpful method for treating many disturbances of the central nervous system known as wind disturbance or loong in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. This 3-hour workshop will provide a basic introduction to the theory and application of Horme.

Get more info, register, and spread the word through the event on Facebook


Tibetan Medicine on Mental Health - What is Mental Illness Really About?

with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo

April 28th-30th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

In the field of Traditional Tibetan Medicine it is considered that in most cases of mental illness, including anxiety disorders and depression, a person's wind element has become disturbed. In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, the wind element is considered to be responsible for the movements of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems as well as the mind. For this reason, if the wind is disturbed, it becomes the primary cause of mental illness.

Get more info, register, and spread the word through the event on Facebook


A Meditative Approach to Creativity with Tibetan Calligraphy

with Tashi Mannox

May 5th-7th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art – as a means of liberating the mind.

Get more info, register and spread the word through the event on Facebook


Tibetan Dancing 2-Step Workshop: Learning and Deepening Khaita

with Matthew & Katya Schmookler

June 10th-11th at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, MA

June 10th will include step-by-step instruction on how to perform Tibetan dancing with simple dances. While learning the simplest of Khaita Joyful Dances, we will go through basic steps of Tibetan dances and explore what Khaita means in theory and in our own experience.

June 11th will focus on circle dances(kordro) that have more unique movements requiring a little extra explanation and training.We will cover dances such as Ten-jung De-kyid (Stable Happiness) and Ma-jai Dos-gar (The Peacock Dance).

Get more info, register and spread the word through the event on Facebook