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Dondrubling in Berkeley CA

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Los Angeles Retreat

March 21,22 & 23

7TH LOJONG with Steve Landsberg 

Friday evening: Glendale Adult Recreation Center

Saturday: Laurel Canyon

Sunday: Luna Dance Studio, Glendale

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Congratulations new 2014 Gakyil!

Please feel free to contact the gakyil with questions, comments, or suggestions for practices and activities. We welcome your collaboration to help Dondrubling thrive.

Email us at gakyil (at), or call us and leave a message at 510-644-2260.


Ruslan Malakhowskiy – amriteshvara(at)

Gene Kim, president – geneshk(at)


Craig Fiels, treasurer – craig(at)

Rich Taylor, secretary – richeroo(at)


Lacey Segal, rentals – lacey(at)

Kathleen McDougall, vice-president – k.macdougall(at)


Zhitro: Death & Dying

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

April 4 – 6, 2014

LOCATION: Orgyen Dorje Den ~ Alameda, CA

PHONE: 510.337.1163.

COST: $150, plus dana


In our society we often have no real way to help someone who has died, we can only grieve. The simple and accessible practice of Zhitro offers a real way for a practitioner to help the deceased. This practice also helps one to become familiarized with the visions and experiences one may experience during the 49 daysfollowing one’s own passing.

During the 49 days following death, the consciousness of the deceased may be lingering in an intermediate state, known as the “bardo” in Tibetan. It is very important to know what to do when someone passes away in order to help them. Lama Tsultrim will also show us how to set up a shrine for the 49 days of the practice following death.  Lama Tsultrim will also give the lung or hearing transmission for the practice and we will practice together.  This Zhitro practice is also used as preparation for the Dzogchen of dark retreat.

Namcho Mingyur Dorje was a terton who started to receive treasures when he was so young his guru Karma Chagme had to write them down for him. His revealed treasure practices, collectively referred to as “Namcho” or “Space Treasures”, have a very simple, direct and visionary quality, making this a much simpler practice than other Zhitro practices such as the “Tibetan book of the Dead” as Karma Lingpa’s Zhitro terma has been called.

Orgyen Dorje Den

2244 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
For registration and
Please pre-register

Tentative Schedule


7pm-8:30pm Opening Talk


10am-6pm Teaching Sessions (Lunch break from 1pm-3pm)


10am-1pm Teaching Session and close


Tsegyalgar West in Baja Sur, Mexico, is seeking to recruit a volunteer member of the Dzogchen Community for 5 days in April, to help organize the logistics of a Vajra Dance retreat, Part II (final part). Retreat dates are April 22-25, but we will need the person to arrive on the 20 (or earlier, if they prefer). We offer free lodging, food, tuition, and airport transport, i.e. the volunteer would only pay for travel to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. (S/he can stay for a little vacation, do a personal retreat, or come earlier for Part I of the Vajra Dance). We need someone who is reliable, patient, organized and who has experience helping out with retreat logistics. If interested, please contact Anni (blue gakyil)

Rinpoche in California in the ’80′s

Thank you so much Cheryl Foltos for sending us these old Photographs of Rinpoche from 1986-7, when he first started visiting California. These were taken in Grass Valley  and Cazadero. If any one has photographs of past retreats in California, feel welcome to send them to our aha at address, and we will create a photo gallery.


Board of Directors (Gakyil) and Fundraising Meetings Saturday 6/22

All who are interested in learning about the functioning of Dondrubling are welcome to attend our next Gakil meeting on Saturday June 22nd from 2-4 pm. We will also have a fundraising and Strategic Planning meeting from 12-1:30. If there are any members who have project management, fundraising, grant writing, non-profit marketing or strategic planning expertise, we could really use your help charting the future of Dondrubling! Refreshments will be served.


Powerhouse Fire, Los Angeles, CA June 3, 2013

Gregg Johnson is a member of the Los Angeles Gakyil and a long time student of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Gregg’s home was one of six so far lost in the Powerhouse Fire.

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 Man Who Lost Home in Powerhouse Fire Grateful Others Were Spared

“The houses right across the street were saved, and so I really want to thank all the brave individuals who risked their lives to save our community. You know, we owe them a lot, we really do,” Gregg Johnson.

Any donation will greatly help Gregg rebuild his home and his life after this sudden devastation

Give to Gregg  


New Community Yantra Yoga Instructors

We are so pleased to announce our newly authorized Yantra Yoga instructors with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Baja, Mexico. May 9, 2013

Left to right:
Fabio Andrico with Jeff Sable – NYC,
Josefina Robles – Mexico,
Martina Kacurova – Tsegyalgar East,
Christian Hidalgo – Costa Rica,
Matthew Schmookler – Tsegyalgar West,
Luke Karamol – Tsegyalgar West


March 27th Full Moon Ganapuja with Tsultrim Allione, the Tara Mandala and Dzogchen Community Sanghas