The Dzogchen Community West Coast was developed in California following many visits by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, beginning in 1979. It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established to help preserve his teachings and transmission for the future, and to strengthen practice by working together. The Northern California Community organizes group practices on an ongoing basis. These ongoing practices enable participants to develop and integrate the teaching into daily life and to support each other in practice. Anyone who has received or intends to receive transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is welcome to participate and learn.
The West Coast Community is linked to the Dzogchen Community of America, Tsegyalgar, The original seat of the Dzogchen Community in North America, located in Conway Massachusetts; and Tsegyalgar West, in Baja Sur, Mexico. There are also groups of committed practitioners in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and southern California.
The core Dzogchen Community first developed in Italy in the 1970′s at Merigar, the international seat of the Dzogchen Community in Northern Italy. The teachings have continued to spread world-wide, enabling students to meet, study and practice together, organize personal or collective retreats, and participate in courses and cultural events.
Membership in the community is welcomed but not mandatory.