World Wide Transmission Explanation & Meditation in Four by Four Workshop at Dondrubling in Berkeley

Worldwide Transmission Explanation
will be given authorized by Santi Maha Sangha instructor Mariano Gil

Date: Friday, June 29
Time: 7pm-8:30pm (PST)
Location: Dondrubling, 2748 #D Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 – In person and via Zoom videoconference
Open to all – FREE
If you are not able to attend in person please join us via Zoom using the follow link:

Meditation in Four by Four – The Foundations of Mindfulness Workshop
with authorized SMS instructor Mariano Gil
The Four Signs of the View – of the teaching of Buddha
The Four Awarenesses – that turn the mind toward the Dharma
The Four Immeasurables
The Four Applications of Presence

Date: Saturday, June 30 & Sunday July 1
Time: Saturday 10:00am-12:30pm / 2:30pm-4:30pm (PST)
Sunday 1:30pm -3:30pm/ 4:30 -6:30pm (PST)
Location: Dondrubling, 2748 #D Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Open to all who have received transmission or those who sincerely intend to receive transmission in the near future.*

Attend in person at Dondrubling
Fee: $100/complete course; $35/per session
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
Please pay in person when you attend or make checks payable to Dzogchen Community West Coast and mail to Dondrubling, 2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley CA 94703 with Attn: June 2018 Four by Four Retreat
If you have any questions, please contact Doug at

Mariano Gil is a New York City based musician and visual artist, and a medical doctor by training. Mariano performs music, shows his paintings, and has taught Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) courses at Delegling, Buenos Aires, Argentina and at Kundrolling in New York City.
Mariano became a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1993, having been a long time Theravada meditation practitioner studying with Larry Rosenberg and Narayan Liebenson at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and various retreat centers. He passed the Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) Base Level exam in 1995, and became an authorized SMS Base Level instructor in 2015.

Suggested readings by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, available at the Shang Shung Institute USA Bookstore. These are reserved items.**

*Some practices & courses require transmission to attend:
Worldwide Transmission: more info >>
**Shang Shung Institute Shop Reserved Items: Reserved Items are the material intended for the Dzogchen Community. In order to purchase these items one must be a current member of the Dzogchen Community, and must have received Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, as well as Transmission for the specific practice. In order to purchase Closed Webcasts MP3’s one must also have attended that particular Retreat.

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Santi Maha Sangha Base study group starting Wednesday, March 7

Dear Friends, Vajra Brothers & Sisters!

We are starting an online Santi Maha Sangha Base Level study group.
Wednesday, Mar 7 – May 30, 7 – 9 pm Pacific Time

The Precious Vase, the Base Level of Santi Maha Sangha prepared by our Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, is a great introduction to Buddhist practice in general and to Dzogchen practice specifically. We will learn about basics of the Buddhist Path with comprehensive comparison between different methods and views including Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen. This course will be mostly theoretical but some short meditations connected to practices will be included.

Who Can Participate?
This course is open to everybody who wishes to study the Base Level of Santi Maha Sangha. If you have a genuine interest to the teachings but have not yet received transmission, don’t worry: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu offers Transmission of Dzogchen Teaching three times a year via webcast.
Also, you can join us at any time during this course.

This webinar will NOT be lead by an authorized Santi Maha Sangha teacher. All facilitators and participants are learners. Some of us have already taken the Base Level SMS exam but wish to study these teachings again.

Our Goal
Is to help practitioners prepare for the SMS Base Level exam and also to help interested people receive basic knowledge about Buddhism and Dzogchen teachings.

This online course starts Wednesday evening, March 7 2018 at 7 pm, and continues weekly for three months.

For this webinar we will use the interactive platform Zoom: thanks to our sponsors, who paid for service). To join in please contact us in advance to receive a link and instructions on how to connect to Zoom. Please contact To speed up a registration process, please indicate if you have Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and when and where you received it. It is important.

This Course is Free!
But donations are always appreciated and will be used for rent of our wonderful place of practice, Dondrubling, Berkeley Dzogchen Community. We accept donations on PayPal:, or  you can use the donate button on the right side of the page.

Please feel free to join our friendly study group.