‘Tis the season to help our community

From October 27th to November 20th, our landlord SG Real Estate will be partnering with the Berkeley Food Pantry to help feed families this holiday season.

With your help, the Berkeley Food Pantry will distribute emergency groceries to Berkeley and Albany residents in need. This is a great chance to make a difference in our community and we encourage you to be part of this important effort.

When you come for practice, please  consider bringing an extra can or package of non-perishable foods for our donation bin, and we will deliver them to the SG real estate office. For a list of the most needed foods please visit their website at https://www.berkeleyfoodpantry.org/donate

Thank you in advance for your help!

“There are many stories that tell how in ancient times, when Buddha Shakyamuni was alive, so-called khyimdag (wealthy householders) or jindag (donors) invited the Buddha and his retinue to their countries, and the Buddha transmitted the sacred Dharma to those fortunate beings. These wealthy individuals were putting into practice generosity, which is the first of the six paramitas, and gathered a vast accumulation of merits. This should be recognized as the unsurpassable behavior of a Bodhisattva.”

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Dzogchen Community West Coast/Dondrubling





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Course in Part II of the Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra

Course in Part II of the Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra
November 2017

The Vajra Dances which we practice in the Dzogchen Community belong to the cycle of Longsal Teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and are inseparably linked to the Transmission of his Dzogchen Teachings.

In the Dzogchen teaching Vajra refers to our real nature, the true condition of all phenomena. The Vajra Dance is an important method which uses sound and movement for integrating the three aspects of our existence: body, voice or energy and mind in that knowledge. And on the relative level, can coordinate, harmonize and relax our body, energy and mind.

The Vajra Dance is member of CID (Conseil International de la Danse/International Dance Council), the official organization recognized by UNESCO for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

WHERE: Dondrubling, 2748 #D Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
voice mail – 510.644.2260 email – aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org
WHEN: November 2017  Two weekends Nov 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12

TAUGHT BY: Authorized 2nd Level Instructor, Carisa O’Kelly.

First Weekend:
Friday Nov 3, 7-9p
Saturday Nov 4 10:30a – 1p and 2:30 – 5p Followed by Full Moon Ganapuja
Sunday Nov 5 10:30a – 1p and 2:30 – 5p

Monday Nov 6, 7-9p Practice

Second Weekend:
Friday Nov 10  at 7 pm there will be Ganapuja for the “Buddha Shakyamuni Descends from
Heaven” Day.
Saturday Nov 10 10 to 6 – lunch break tba
Sunday Nov 10 10 to 6 – lunch break tba

Please arrive 15 minutes ahead. We will start on time.

Generally the Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra is taught in two parts.
The first part covers from EMAKIRIKIRI to Kelanam.
The second : Sambharatamekacantapa to the end.

To attend Part II, one ought to have already taken Part I. (contact the instructor with questions or if needing clarification on this. aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org)

$30/session – Drop-in (for those who have already taken the full course)

Guru Yoga World Wide Transmission by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Adzom Drukpa

Next World Wide Transmissions of Guru Yoga by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is the Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa. It will begin on November 13, 2017 at 4 AM (for Berkeley & San Francisco), but explanation will start at 3 AM (For new participants explanation is highly recommended).

The starting point for the practice of Dzogchen is to receive a ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher. ‘Direct Transmission’ is the means by which the teacher introduces us directly to the true nature of our mind: our primordial state. Ideally, it is best to receive the ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher in person by attending a retreat, but since this is not always possible, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu also gives ‘Direct Transmission’ via the worldwide web on three occasions each year, corresponding to particular anniversaries in the Dzogchen calendar. This gives new practitioners the means to enter the path of Dzogchen and begin their practice.
There are three days each year when the practitioners of the international Dzogchen Community practice Guru Yoga together simultaneously and receive transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. These days are the anniversaries of the main Masters of the Lineage of Dzogchen Teachings.
It is important to understand the meaning of transmission and how the practices work. An information and explanation evening is held with experienced practitioners to learn the practice so that one is able to participate in the transmission method that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is making available for those who are interested in the Dzogchen Teachings. When we are doing this practice together we are unifying in the same state, that famous state in Dzogchen teaching called the primordial state. That means teacher and students are all in that moment in the primordial state. In this way there is a possibility to transmit.
For transmission there is no distance, if you are far or near it doesn’t matter because knowledge of transmission is beyond time and distance. For this reason we can use this method.

If you wish to know more about this teaching before World-Wide Transmission we recommend reading this book of our precious Master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche:

Address: 2748 Adeline St, Ste D
Berkeley, California 94703