Resources For New Practitioners

Welcome to the International Dzogchen Community of practitioners and to Tsegyalgar East, the Summer North American Gar in the US and home to Shang Shung and ASIA in North America.

The Dzogchen Community founded by Dzogchen master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu offers a rich and vibrant entrance into practice and study that each individual must discover for themselves according to their capacity and circumstances. For new practitioners who have received transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu either through a world-wide online webcast or in person, there are several recommendations for integrating into the Dzogchen Community.

Throughout the world there are many Gars and Lings where one can experience first hand and receive instruction about the Community's principle practices with the support of other practititioners. The Mirror (see below) has a complete list of Rinpoche's year-round Teaching schedule.

For new members, Tsegyalgar East has prepared an Orientation Program

To access ongoing practice sessions each week at Tsegyalgar East, visit our Weekly Practice Calendar or sign up to receive notice automatically each Monday.
For retreats and special programs taught by authorized teachers at Tsegyalgar East visit our main Events Page.

These two calendars are found on our main website at where it is useful to spend some time reading about our community. Here is where you can also find links to a number of other US practice communties called "Lings." The Tsegyalgar East Blog (here) is a more immediate listing of happenings at the Gar and about the culture of our Sangha/Community nationwide.

People may also visit the Gar and stay in our dormitory for a nominal fee or in exchange for Karma Yoga. Contact the Gekod Jeremy (d is silent) who is like a caretaker of the facilities to make arrangements at

Recognizing that it can be a somewhat daunting experience to navigate the many practice options, we make the following suggestions as a starting point.


Guru Yoga- Each month Tsegyalgar East publishes a weekly calendar listing the designated ganapuja dates, times. and locations which occur four times a month- on Guru Padmasambhava Day, Dakini Day, the New Moon and the Full Moon. Many individuals do a daily Tun which can be found in the main text, The Book of Tun and Ganapuja. Another starter book that can be ordered through the Shang Shung Institute Bookstore is: Guruyoga. (These two linked to the online bookstore). Another useful book is Drajyor for Rinpoche's unique system of correct pronunciation of all invocations of the practices.

Collective Practices - include the many secondary practices that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gives the lung transmission during his retreats to benefit particular circumstances. Qualified Practitioners who have received transmission can order practice books and MP3 or DVD instructional resources to learn these practices. Contact the SSI bookstore.

Santi Maha Sangha study and practice weekends with authorized teachers can be found on our Events page. Jim Valby is no longer the North American authorized Santi Maha Sangha coordinator. Currently,  Lynn Newdome oversees SMS study groups at Tsegyalgar East. See below for information how to join the Base Level SMS Online Study Group.Other authorized SMS Base Teachers in the US  include Steve Landsberg, Michael Katz and Mariano Gill from Kundroling/NYC.  

Yantra Yoga- There are a number of ongoing Yantra Yoga practice session for all levels at Tsegyalgar East as well as special weekends. You can also access the Yantra Yoga international website for further trainings and resources including the video, Breathe, The Perfect Harmony of Breathing that is especially useful for people with physical limitations and can be ordered online in the SSI bookstore ( see below) or on You can also buy the instructional videos, Tibetan Yoga of Movement, The Perfect Rhythm of Life Level I and Level II of the same series. The manual called Tibetan Yoga of Movement: The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga is a good foundational reference text. Our resident Yantra Yoga teachers are Paula Barry, Martina Kacurova and Naomi Zeitz.

Vajra Dance - Each week Tsegyalgar East practitioners practice the Vajra Dance Tun including the hour before Ganapuja. These sessions are found on the weekly schedule. Our three authorized resident teachers, Kyu Kyuno, Bodhi Krause, and Ed Hayes offer year round instructional courses in addition to overseeing special visiting guests. Visit the Vajra Dance webpage at Tsegyalgar East for further information as well as our weekly and special events pages. Other US Vajra Dance Teachers include Carisa O'Kelly and Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt. 

Khaita - Harmony in the Space These words and the symbol (the golden infinite knot of love on our globe) were chosen by our Master few months ago in Dzamling Gar to represent all activities of Dzogchen Community related to movements and sounds. Khaita Joyful Dances (Tibetan Modern Dances), Vajra Dance and Yantra Yoga are all part of this. Khaita Joyful Dances Facebook page here.

New practitioners are advised to read The Mirror, International Newspaper of the Dzogchen Community. There you can also find Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's world-wide international Teaching schedule. Many of his Teachings are available as Open Webcasts. 
There is no fee for online access to The Mirror. There is a PDF version published 4 times a year that is also free for members to download from the site after logging in and scrolling down under the member’s name and clicking on The Mirror. These versions are also printable. Already printed versions are available from the Shang Shung Institute Bookstore. For non-members, the PDF can be purchased on the online site.

NORBUNET (International E-List of the Dzogchen Community)
NorbuNet is a group email list established for the international Dzogchen Community.

To subscribe to NORBUNET send a blank email from your account to
Alternatively, if you have a Google account, go to and click on the Apply for membership link.

TSEGYALGARNET (National Yahoo Groups E-list with regular course announcements and updates)
Go here to Join this group :
You may have to join Yahoo first

Webcasts of Teachings
The most accurate place to view the webcast schedule is Rinpoche's calendar at to see when and where he is teaching. Most of Rinpoche's teachings are available by Open Webcast. 

Transmission of Guru Yoga directly from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu via live internet is available three times a year on special world-wide live transmission dates where the entire world wide community participates at the same time.

To listen to a webcast go to the actual Dzogchen Community Webcast site: click here
for World-Wide Transmission connection via the internet. 
Individuals planning on participating in the WWT for the first time are required to attend an explanation at home via speaker phone hook-up as a prerequisite to the actual WW Transmission or at Tsegyalgar East in person. These dates and hook up information are posted a few weeks before the transmission. ParticIpants for the first time will also need to purchase either the practice book, Guruyoga (the practice is in the back of the book), or DVD. Please contact the Shang Shung Bookstore at the link provided below.

Dates for Live 2016/2017 Webcasts 

MARCH 11-12, 2017, Anniversary of Garab Dorje. 
AUGUST TBA,  2017, Anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal. 
NOVEMBER TBA, 2017, Anniversary of Adzom Drukpa. 

Membership in the Dzogchen Community
The easiest way to renew your membership or become a new member is online at:

Direct link to the IDC (International Dzogchen Community) website

Santi Maha Sangha Training

To read more about Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's Santi Maha Sangha Training visit the main Tsegyalgar Website at where you can also view current SMS training programs offered in North American, internationally and ONLINE.

Currently authorized SMS teachers in North America are Lynn Newdome, Michael Katz and Mariano Gill (all Base) and Steve Landsberg. 

For further information about the Tsegyalgar East SMS online Base study group, contact the Tim at

A SMS base study group led by Lynn Newdome, “Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha in about 30 Classes” ran from September 2015 thru May 2016. To review the content visit the webpage here. Contact Lynn about any further Base programs in development. A second offering of the SMS Base Course is planned to begin September,  2017.

Personal Contact
If you would like to connect with a practitioner in the community for support, write the Blue Gakyil at

Recommended Reading Lists from the Shang Shung Bookstore
To order the text go to the Shang Shung Institute US Bookstore.


1. The Crystal and the Way of Light
In The Crystal and the Way of Light, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu examines the spiritual path from the viewpoint of Dzogchen. He discusses the base, path and fruit of Dzogchen practice, and describes his education and how he met his principal master, who showed him the real meaning of "direct introduction to Dzogchen."

2. Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
Rinpoche begins by clearly explaining the Dzogchen teachings and then reveals, in a simple and non-intellectual manner, what is meant by the practice of Dzogchen.

3. Dream Yoga
Provides the instructions for guiding dream states and developing clarity within sleep and dream.

4. The Mirror: Advice on Presence and Awareness
This is a brief text that with astonishing simplicity and depth expounds the three fundamental aspects of the Dzogchen path: the view, or intuitive understanding of one’s primordial state; the meditation, or the application of this knowledge; and the conduct, or the integration of meditation with all one’s daily activities.

5. The Foundation of the Path
This collection of teachings contains the foundation for observing ourselves and understanding our real condition: The Four Awarenesses, The Three Sacred Principles (Refuge, Bodhichitta, Dedication of Merit), The Three Trainings, and the Vajra State. This is a transcription from oral teachings by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

6. My Reincarnation (Documentary Film about Chögyal Namkhai Norbu)
Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi.

7. General Introduction to Dzogchen DVD
In this video Chögyal Namkhai Norbu answers the question: What is Dzogchen? This video gives the viewer an opportunity to experience directly words of a great master.
Great Transmission-related 

(Reserved) general Beginners Materials
Important Notice: 'Reserved Items' are the material intended for the Dzogchen Community. In order to purchase this items one must have received Direct Introduction (Transmission) from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. If a book is practice related, one must have also received transmission for that specific practice.

1. The Practice of Daily Life
Advice on The Practice of Daily Life, taken from oral teachings by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at Merigar, August 2003, Kunsangar, June 2001, Merigar, 2001, Hawaii,1999.

2. Introduction to Contemplation
Transmitted during a retreat in 1980, this book contains a complete method for practicing Dzogchen contemplation.

3. The Precious Vase
This Book is the Base text of the Santi Maha Sangha study series created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Expanded on notes and quotations, it is the essential text for the study and practice of the base Level of Santi Maha Sangha training.

4. The Three Paths of Liberation

The Three Paths of Liberation is a straightforward guide to the understanding of the essence of all paths, Buddhist or not, leading to spiritual realization.

5. The Song of the Vajra

This commentary on the Song of the Vajra was transmitted by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at Tashigar, Argentina in 1990 and includes detailed
explanations of the Song of Vajra.

By Practice: (This section of the SSI-USA Bookstore website shows you what materials are available by practice)

--Compiled and edited by Jacqueline Gens
--Bookstore entries prepared by Anna Bartenstein
--updated 7/26/2014, 8/17/14, 9/24/15, March 22, 2016
-Last updated May 31, 2016, July 16, 2016, September 20, 2016, October 2, 2016, January 1, 2017, February 23, 2017

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