Thursday Dec. 8 Celebration of Rinpoche’s Birthday 7 – 9 pm
Short Ganapuja and Celebration of Rinpoche’s Birthday.
Momos! Khaita demonstration and dancing! All are very welcome!!
Sunday Dec. 18 Daylong Naggon Practice 9 am – 5 pm
Naggon, is an important invocation to the three main Guardians and Protectors of the Dzogchen teachings. The Guardians prevent negative provocations from the Eight Classes , and through their grace we are able to establish a peaceful and fruitful basis for our practice and our lives.
Come for as long as you are able, as time permits. If you have transmission for this practice, you are welcome to drop in.
Dondrubling is pleased to announce Chöd Teaching and Practice Retreat with Nina Robinson January 6 – 10, 2017
Public Talk with Nina Robinson
The Essence of Buddhism – Clarifying some Common Misconceptions.
The basic principles of what Buddha Shakyamuni taught and why he taught.
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 – 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Suggested Dana for Talk: $10-20 Sliding Scale
All Welcome to Attend!
Chod Retreat, Saturday – Tuesday, January 7 – 10
This retreat is only for members of the Dzogchen Community.
Machig Labdron lived in Tibet in the 11th /12th Century.
Her practice that she called Chod arose from her profound experiential understanding of the Buddha’s teachings at all levels: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen.
Her clear explanations and method of practice are unique.
Different versions of her teachings have been passed down through many lineages.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu has received transmission of many of them and has also practiced them. The very concise version we always practice in the Dzogchen Community arose in a dream of our Master in the first retreat he taught in Italy in 1976.
During our retreat we’ll discover how to learn and perfect this particular way of doing the practice.
We’ll discuss the origin and deep meaning of the teachings of Machig Labdron, as well as learning the melodies and way of playing the bell and damaru.
Nina Robinson will lead the retreat. She has followed the teaching of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu since 1980 and so had the good fortune to participate in many retreats when the Master practiced together with the students every evening. She also helped in transcribing and editing the Community’s book of a compilation of Rinpoche’s teachings on Chod taken from many different retreats.
Retreat schedule includes Khaita Dancing and Yantra Yoga with authorized instructors and Vajra Dance Practice.
Cost: $300 includes Public Talk, Chod Retreat, yoga and dance sessions.
Early Bird registration $265 by December 21, 2016.
Per day cost: $75; $40 a session. Attending the entire course is strongly encouraged.
Please Register on-line Here.
Payments can be made by Paypal use our DONATE button or mail check to Dondrubling. No credit cards accepted.
We have a work/study position open for an individual planning on attending the Full Retreat. Duties include: assisting with registration, set-up, take-down and teacher care during retreat. For further information, contact Dawa.
Thursday, January 5
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Guardians Practice and Medium Tun
Friday January 6
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Nina Robinson, Public Talk
Essence of Buddhism
Saturday, January 7
8 am – 9:15 am: Yantra Yoga, 8 Movements Practice with Luke Karamol
10 am -12 pm: Session #1, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
12 – 3:30 pm – Lunch Break
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Vajra Dance Practice
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Session #2, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
Guru Rinpoche Ganapuja
7 – 9 pm
All are Welcome to attend.
Sunday, January 8
8 am – 9:15 am: 8 Movements Practice with Luke Karamol
10 – 12 pm: Session #3, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
12 -3:30 pm – Lunch Break
2 pm – 3 pm: Vajra Dance Practice
3:30 – 5:20 pm: Session #4, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson.
5:30 pm: Khaita Dancing with Katya and Matthew Schmookler
Monday, January 9
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Vajra Dance Practice
3 pm – 5 pm: Session #5, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
5:30 – 6:30: Khaita Dancing
7 pm – 9 pm: Session #6, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
Tuesday, January 10
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: 8 Movements and Rhythmic Breathing with Luke Karamol
3 pm – 5 pm: Session #7, Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson.
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Vajra Dance Practice
7 pm – 9 pm: Session #8 Chod Retreat with Nina Robinson
Thursday, January 12,
Full Moon Mandarava Ganapuja with Nina Robinson
7 pm – 9 pm
All Welcome to Attend!
Location for All Events
Dzogchen Community West
2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley, CA
Above the Crixa Bakery – Entrance is through Iron Gate.