Yantra Yoga Practice Session Saturday, August 11

Please join us for a 2.5 hour yantra yoga practice session on Sat, August 11, 9:30am – 12:00pm. The intensive will be led by authorized first level instructor and second level supervisee Luke Karamol. This will be a wonderful opportunity to dive into the practice together, especially for those who are interested in attending ongoing practices or wishing to review the fundamentals which are the heart of the practice. This course is open to all and may include more advanced practices depending on circumstances. $25

Tsegyalgar East 3rd Annual Summer Sangha Retreat at Khandroling

Tsegyalgar East 3rd Annual Summer Sangha Retreat at Khandroling
The Land of the Dakinis

Join us this summer from Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 29, 2018
Learn and practice along with the following authorized International Dzogchen Community (IDC) instructors:
• Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) instructors: Mariano Gil & Michael Katz
• Yantra Yoga instructors: Paula Barry & Naomi Zeitz
• Khaita Joyful Dance instructor: Alejandra Krasnogor
• Vajra Dance instructors: Bodhi, Alejandra Krasnogor & Carisa O’Kelly
• Tibetan Medicine Lunch Talk: The Five Elements in Daily Life with Dr. Malcolm Smith

The Summer Sangha Retreat is open to those with transmission and those who intend to receive transmission in the near future.

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Birth of the Atiyoga Foundation

Merigar West was the venue for a three day meeting, June 5-7, 2018, between the Board of Directors of the newly established International Atiyoga Foundation and the staff of Shang Shung Foundation Italy.
On the first day of the meeting, there was a brief presentation of the Atiyoga Foundation. On 16 February 2018, the first day of the Tibetan Earth Dog Year, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu announced the birth of the Atiyoga Foundation via web cast from Dzamling Gar, the Global Gar, to the whole Dzogchen Community, with the signing of a document called its “birth certificate” by its founders, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Rosa Namkhai, Carlos Ramos, and Nancy Simmons. Rinpoche explained that the new foundation (ATIF) would be the “umbrella” of all entities that are part of the Dzogchen Community.
ATIF has five members of the Board of Directors: Marco Baseggio, who is president of the Board and its legal representative, Alex Siedlecki, Director of the Museum of Asian Art and Culture (MACO), Oliver Leick, Director of the Shang Shung Foundation, Pia Bramezza, the Merigar West accountant and Head of the Administration Department, and Ester Escudero, ASIF’s representative in Spain.
The mission of the new foundation is to make available “favorable conditions for bringing out the potentiality of the human being” (Article 5 of the Statute). This will be done in a non-religious way, through the many manifestations of ancient and contemporary art, through knowledge such as scientific, philosophical, psychological, medical, and humanistic research, but also simply communication of knowledge, making use of the tools that are deployed in the different departments and institutes of which it is constituted.
Vision. The Atiyoga Foundation will be a cultural foundation that works not only with cultural traditions – such as the Tibetan one that contains the most ancient knowledge of man – but also with new frontiers of culture and science in the contemporary world, with the intent to build relationships and synergies with institutions such as universities, museums, schools and academies for the creation of courses, workshops and cultural events.
Among its main Objectives the Atiyoga Foundation intends to contribute to preserving and making sustainable the organizations created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. This may include the establishment of autonomous organizations (departments) under the umbrella of the Foundation.
The Foundation will also require financial strictness and transparency in all its departments. This will be implemented by management software that will work with the costs center system. Each department will correspond to a cost center.
This management system will include fundraising.
There will be a self-sustaining financial report / initial budget for each department with a related program of activities at the beginning of each fiscal year and a final financial report at the end of the year, with possible adjustments during the year. All documents will be made available to the public.
Departments. All departments will be contained within the legal and management structure of the Atiyoga Foundation. They will be autonomous and responsible for themselves. They will retain their identity and – if deemed appropriate – their own organization.
Shang Shung Foundation currently has its own legal structure. In order to become part of ATIF, SSF must be dissolved and liquidated legally, but this does not mean that it will necessarily have to lose its identity. The other Shang Shung Institutes around the world will retain their identity and structure.
The Museum of Asian Art and Culture (MACO) does not have its own legal structure and is considered an asset of the Merigar Dzogchen Community Cultural Association. MACO will be transferred to the legal structure of ATIF while maintaining its identity and its function.
An ATIF Italy, offspring of the international ATIF, will be created in which the Shang Shung Foundation and MACO will continue their activity autonomously and responsibly.
Yantra Yoga, Khaita Joyful Dances, Vajra Dance and the Visual Arts are currently managed by the SSF for courses outside the Dzogchen Community.
SSF and the instructors involved can create a department / institute for these activities autonomously from the Shang Shung Institute, but always within ATIF.
The School of Tibetan Medicine should be an autonomous department / institute within ATIF and based in Dzamling Gar.
Cultural tourism. In a long-term perspective, the tourist activity managed by Migmar tsering will also be legally integrated into ATIF at the express request of Rosa Namkhai and the Master.
Friends of the Foundation. Donors, cultural associations and other legally recognized entities may become “Friends of the Foundation” on selection by the Founders’ Council.
In addition to the Board of Directors of ATIF and Nancy Simmons (as one of the three founder of ATIF), the following people attended the meeting: Tiziana Gottardi (for Merigar), Fabio Risolo (for the IG), and then for the different branches of SSF: Gaetano Ruvolo, Ilaria Faccioli, Fabian Sanders, Kamil Selwa, Margherita Pansa, Mirella D’Angelo, Giorgio Dallorto, Igor Legati, and Migmar Tsering for the International Cultural Ati Yoga Association.

Santi Maha Sangha Base study group Part II

Dear Friends, Vajra Brothers & Sisters!

We are starting our second online Santi Maha Sangha Base Level study group.
Every Wednesday, through Aug 22, 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.

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.