Newcomers Introduction to Dzogchen Sunday 4/22

April 22nd from 2 – 4pm

This informal session is open to anyone who is sincerely interested in the study and practice of the Dzogchen teachings of Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, including first-timers, relative newcomers and current practitioners. There will be a brief general explanation of the teachings and practices we do here at Dondrubling. After that we will explain how to do the practice of the short thun. We look forward to seeing you. (This is free and open to the public)
Call 510-644-2260 with any questions, or email us at aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org

Yantra Yoga Three Week Introductory Series

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Date: Saturday, April 7, 14, & 21 2018
Time: 9:45am-12:00pm
Where: Dondrubling, 2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley (above Crixa Cake)
Cost: $60/series or $25/single session. (Full series best for newcomers.)

Discover Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, an authentic and living tradition of working with the “three gates” of body, breath, and mind. Yantra Yoga is an ancient system based on Master Vairocana’s text, “The Union of the Sun and the Moon,” written in the 8th century. This workshop will help coordinate our vital energy, expand our breathing capacity, and reawaken our natural state of balance. These are perfect take-home practices for physical and mental well-being in everyday life

Luke and Jillian are Instructors of Yantra Yoga as taught by Tibetan Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, the authentic lineage holder of our time. They both also hold US Yoga Alliance certifications in Hatha Yoga.

More Information: please visit yantrayoga.net

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Dondrubling is pleased to announce two courses in the Dance of the Vajra

Deepening Course in Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra
April 27 – 30, 2018
and
The Vajra Dance of the Three Vajras
May 4 – 6, 2018

With Bodhi Krause, authorized Vajra Dance instructor

In the Dzogchen teaching, sound and movement are very important because they are the means to integrate oneself into the state of contemplation. The Vajra Dance is principally a practice to harmonize the energy of the individual. If one has a more profound knowledge of the meaning of the Dance, it becomes a method for integrating the three existences of body, voice and mind into the knowledge of the state of contemplation. This integration is one of the most important aims of a Dzogchen practitioner. The Vajra Dance is practiced on a Mandala which represents the correspondence between the internal dimension of the individual and the outer dimension of the world. The Vajra Dance was introduced by Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1990, and has been practiced since then in various places and centers of the Dzogchen Community around
the world.
The Vajra Dance of the Three Vajras is a symbolic dance of profound integration and purification. It is more related to our mind level.
In this dance the three aspects of our existence – body, energy and mind – and their pure states, symbolized by the three syllables OM A HUM, are integrated into the state of non-dual contemplation.

Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra Deepening Course

Schedule
Friday, April 27: 5:30 – 8pm
Saturday, April 28: 10am – 1pm and 3 – 6pm
Sunday, April 29: 1:30 – 6:30pm (with 1 hr break)
Monday, May 30: 5:30 – 8pm

Cost
$170 or $35 drop-in per session

Attendance
The Deepening course is offered to those who already know some of the Dance of the Song of the Vajra. This is not a beginner course but if you are interested to learn, please contact us at greengaruda@mac.com and we can discuss it.

Participants are requested to be members of the International Dzogchen Community who have received transmission of the Dzogchen teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Please bring your current membership card to the first session.

For more information and to register:
Please make checks payable to Dzogchen Community West Coast and
mail to Dondrubling, 2728 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley CA 94707 with Attn: April / May Vajra Dance course
If you have any questions, please contact greengaruda@mac.com

Both Wednesday May 2 and Friday May 4 will be Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra practice sessions

Vajra Dance of the Three Vajras

Schedule
Saturday, May 4: 10am – 1pm and 3 – 6pm
Sunday, May 5: 1:30 – 6:30pm (with 1 hr break)
Monday, May 6: 5:30 to 8pm

Cost
$165 or $35 drop-in per session

Attendance
This course is open to both beginners and experienced Vajra Dancers.

Participants are requested to be members of the International Dzogchen Community who have received transmission of the Dzogchen teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Please bring your current membership card to the first session.

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: www.zoom.us.(Many thanks to our sponsors, who paid for zoom.com service). To join in please contact us in advance to receive a link and instructions on how to connect to Zoom. Please contact berkeleydzogchen@gmail.com. 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: aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org, or  you can use the donate button on the right side of the page.

Please feel free to join our friendly study group.