Vajra Dance of Song of Vajra course, Part I

January 20-21 and January 27-28 2024
Led by authorized second level instructor Carisa O’Kelly

Hosted by Dzogchen Community West Coast
Held at Hidden City Ballroom, 304 Washington Ave, Point Richmond, CA

This Vajra Dance course is for beginners and also is suitable for those who wish to review and refresh their practice. It is the first in a series of at least two courses required to learn this practice; dates for Part II will be announced later this spring.

We will meet from 9:30am to 5:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday, on the third and fourth weekends of January 2024. 

To participate it is necessary to have received the Dzogchen transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai.
For more information about Vajra dances, see the International Dzogchen Community’s website, vajradance.net:

“The Dance of the Song of the Vajra is a complex symbolic dance connected particularly to the energetic aspect of our existence. Through their sound, all the syllables of the Song of the Vajra are linked to specific energy points within our inner mandala, our body, and our outer mandala, the external dimension of the world. Through sound, color and movement we can coordinate these energy points and create a harmonizing communication on the level of subtle energy.” 

COST: $300
To reserve your spot on the mandala, please register by Monday, January 8, 2024.  Also, we would appreciate either full payment or an initial payment by this date. No one turned away for lack of funds. If finances are an issue, please contact us at 510-644-2260 or aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org.

TO REGISTER, please fill out the this form.

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Checks are payable to Dzogchen Community West Coast and may be mailed to Dzogchen Community West Coast, Attn: Vajra Dance Course, PO Box 70524, Point Richmond CA 94807

Complete Series of Courses in the Vajra Dances
 from the Cycle of Vajra Dances of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Offered December 2023 – February 2024 in Mexico and California
Led by Carisa O’Kelly, authorized 2nd level instructor

20 – 23 December 2023 
Vajra Dance that Benefits Beings

Hosted by Pelzomling, Mexico City
Participation is open to all those interested.
Contact: pelzomling@gmail.com

26 December 2023 – 8 January 2024
Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra

Hosted by Tsegyalgar West, Baja BCS, Mexico
To participate, transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai is required.
Contact: Jimena at tsegyalgarwestsecretary@gmail.com

10 – 12 January 2024
Vajra Dance that Benefits Beings

Held in Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Participation is open to all those interested.
Contact: Jimena at tsegylagarwestsecretary@gmail.com

20 – 21 and 27 – 28 January 2024
Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra, Part I

Hosted by Dondrubling, San Francisco Bay Area
To participate, transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai is required.
Contact: Kathleen at aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org

3 – 4 February 2024
Vajra Dance of the Three Vajras

Hosted by the Los Angeles Dzogchen Community
Participation is open to those with transmission.
Contact: Sanford at dzcommunityla@gmail.com

Prerequisites:
The Vajra Dance that Benefits Beings is open to all those interested.
The Vajra Dance of the Three Vajras is open to those with transmission.
For those who have not received transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai, it is recommened to first learn the Vajra Dance that Benefits Beings.
For the Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra, transmission from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai is required

For more information about Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018) and the Vajra Dances, see the International Dzogchen Community’s website, vajradance.net

“The Dance of the Song of the Vajra is a complex symbolic dance connected particularly to the energetic aspect of our existence. Through their sound, all the syllables of the Song of the Vajra are linked to specific energy points within our inner mandala, our body, and our outer mandala, the external dimension of the world. Through sound, color and movement we can coordinate these energy points and create a harmonizing communication on the level of subtle energy.” 

In person and on line practices

Good news! We have started to have some in person practices again.
The tentative schedule is every other Saturday but please check our practice calendar or sign up for the weekly email schedule of practices for the most up to date schedule.

Hidden City Ballroom
304 Washington Ave. (cross street: Nicholl Ave.)
Point Richmond, CA 94801
https://www.hiddencityballroom.com/

Please bring your yoga mat as the floors are hardwood
Dress warmly as it is cold and drafty with windows open
Parking recommendations from the website:
https://www.hiddencityballroom.com/parking.html

NOTE ABOUT COVID:
The Yantra Yoga practice at Hidden City Ballroom will be held indoors, in a well-ventilated space, formerly a church, with six large open windows and a ceiling more than two stories high.

As a precaution, please bring a mask to use at your discretion, to protect your health and the health of others.

As practitioners, we work with our own circumstances regarding vaccination and masking. If you are positive for COVID, please do not attend. By participating, you agree to take responsibility for your own health situation and to report to the group if you have any symptoms during the practice session or a positive test for COVID shortly afterwards.

There are also many opportunities to participate in collective practices online:
Here are some links (Please visit the websites below for details of dates, times and if registration is required. Some video conferences require a brief, free download from zoom.us)

Dzamling Gar Webcast:
https://webcast.dzogchen.net

Tsegyalgar East Videoconferences:
https://www.tsegyalgar.org/tsegyalgar-east/events-calendar/

Kundrolling, New York Dzogchen Community
https://www.tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/kundrolling/calendar/

As a non-profit organization (501 ©(3)), Dondrubling exists because of the generosity of our sangha. Each participant’s contribution is an investment in the preservation of the Dzogchen transmission of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Your support is still critical for us. When renewing your membership please consider selecting Dondrubling as your community.

If you can, please consider donating $5 (or more) to help subsidize the authorized teachers who provide workshops and retreats via ZOOM at this time. Any amount is most welcome.

You can use the PayPal button on the right. Follow the instructions for PayPal, or credit card. You can also check the “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” box.

Many thanks for your continued support and practice

For questions please call (510) 644-2260 or email us at aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org. Sign up for our email schedule for dates and times.