We are still here for you

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 sustainability and continued growth of our center, and the preservation of the Dzogchen transmission of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
We still have to pay rent, even during this time of sheltering in place. If you can, please consider donating $5 (or more) to help the center pay rent and utilities, and 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.

Practice Opportunities Online

Many Vajra Sisters and Brothers in our Dzogchen Community have seized this opportunity to work with circumstances in wonderful and remarkable ways. Since most of us are now obliged to stay at home, some are choosing to do a sort of personal retreat or at least to do more individual practices. Although some may feel the loss of the chance to do collective practices together at Dondrubling, there are many opportunities to participate in collective practices online. You are probably already aware of some or all of the following opportunities. Here are some links to just a few of those of which we are aware: (Please visit the websites below for details of dates, times and if registration is required. Some videoconferences 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/

Due to the Shelter-In-Place order for the Bay Area, all collective group practices and teachings have been suspended for three weeks. However, Dondrubling WILL be offering Ganapujas via Zoom video conference. (If you have not used Zoom before, please go to zoom.us and follow the instructions to download and run the free software needed to participate.) Dondrubling is also working on offering Arya Tara practice and other collective practices via Zoom. Please stay tuned for details that will be coming soon.

To Our Vajra Brothers and Sisters of the International Dzogchen Community

Our Master left us with everything we need to apply The Teaching, and after a year of Mourning, we now enter a New Year with a deeper understanding of how to be responsible for ourselves, and for our collective action as the students who hold Rinpoche’s unique and precious lineage.

Our future as a Sangha remains alive on the basis of our practice, our collaboration, and in a very concrete sense: Renewal of Membership as a way Rinpoche created to maintain organized courses, events, services, and places to gather together.

Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, Santi Maha Sangha, Khaita, Medical Programs, Translation Projects, Book Publishing, and all Collective Practices continue to develop based on our opportunities to gather and share our knowledge and experience. Just as Rinpoche’s Transmission planted the seed for all of that Activity to manifest in Gars and Lings around the planet, in a practical sense, Membership fuels the growth and development of that Activity.

We owe our existence as a Sangha to our amazing fortune as individuals who received the Supreme Teaching from our Supreme Teacher. Membership in The Community that Rinpoche built is the responsibility we share as students who were Blessed as knowledge holders directly by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Although it feels we can never truly repay the kindness of the person who introduced freedom beyond all limitations to each of our lives, there are very mundane and simple things we can offer every year that symbolize our appreciation. Membership is a basic expression of our gratitude for Rinpoche’s life and the infinite kindness we have received from that rare and authentic connection.

If we want the Dzogchen Community to continue its evolution, and we see ourselves as a part of that evolution, then Membership is a very real contribution each of us can make to uphold the Teaching for ourselves and for the benefit of Our World.

We urge you to consider well the deeper significance of Membership Renewal, and we thank you for your continued interest, dedication, and support.

All Our Love,
International Gakyil of The International Dzogchen Community