Semdzin Practice – with Oleg Troyanovsky

Saturday 4/13 5:30 – 8 pm
In 2010 Oleg Troyanovsky was authorized by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche as a Santi Maha Sangha instructor.
Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) is a course of study and practice initiated by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. The aim of Santi Maha Sangha, which in the ancient language of Oddiyana means “Dzogchen Commmunity,” is to guarantee the continuation of the Dzogchen Teaching as it was originally transmitted by Garab Dorje (The first human lineage-holder of the Dzogchen teachings), and as Rinpoche has been transmitting it for more than thirty years within the Dzogchen Community.

Working with the Distracted Mind: Presence & Awareness

This training is especially for professionals in the health and wellness field.
As a result of habitual distraction it is very difficult to anchor our attention without a reference point. What precisely is the problem if we are always running on distraction and our attention is continually being hijacked by one thing or another? From a merely secular perspective, the problem is that it’s not very efficient. It’s not productive. It’s not professional and it’s not even conducive to balanced well-being. From a non-secular or spiritual perspective, its impossible to do any kind of practice without continuity of presence. Regardless of our own personal goals related to well-being and mindfulness training, there can be no real benefit unless there is an understanding of the special chemistry of presence based upon the balance of focus and relaxation. In this course we are going to explore methods for working with the distracted mind, cultivate presence, and train facitlitators to lead group practices.

Sessions
7-9:30pm, Friday, May 10th
10-12:30pm & 2:30-5pm, Saturday, May 11th
9:30-11:30am, Sunday, May 12th

Early Bird Registration: $175
After May 1st: $200
Register Here: https://www.sowawellness.com/training-for-group-mindfulness-facilitators/

Led by Steven Landsberg

Steven Landsberg went to India in 1967 and spent almost ten years there studying Indian classical music and Tibetan Buddhism. After returning to the United States, he had the fortunate opportunity to meet Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and be introduced to the view and practice of Dzogchen. Steven immersed himself in the Santi Maha Sangha program which Rinpoche started in the 1990s and became an active participant in the establishment of Tashi Gar Norte in 2002. He served on their Gakyil or Board from 2008-2013. Rinpoche authorized him to teach in 2010 and he has been traveling throughout South America and Europe giving courses on the Santi Maha Sangha base during the last eight years, and giving public courses on mindful presence.

Breathing and Mindfulness with Fabio Andrico

Breathing and Mindfulness:
Breathe As You Are, Be As You Are

For everyone.
Breathing well is vitally important to all of us—it is connected to and can shape your whole existence. But the breath often finds its own, unnatural rhythm without us even knowing it. Returning to free-flowing, complete breathing infuses the body with calm strength and invigorates the mind with the clarity of awareness.
Join seasoned yoga teacher and breath expert Fabio Andrico and learn to recover your natural way of breathing. This program explores

  • Postural habits that constrict the breath
  • How natural alignment and rhythm in your breathing helps you let go of unnecessary physical and psychological tension
  • Passive and active breathing exercises
  • Ways to maintain presence and awareness of breath during yoga and everyday movement
  • Dance and sound to bring balance in body, breath, and mind.

Return home with tools that allow your breathing to become the foundation for your growth and well-being.

Yantra Yoga from a Chair

Yantra Yoga On A Chair is of enormous benefit both to those with physical limitations, as well as those who live busy but sedentary lifestyles.
Participants will coordinate breathing techniques with movements, while sitting in a chair, to gain flexibility and find a renewed sense of well-being in their daily lives.

Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti have worked together and, with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s advice, found an easy and accessible solution that not only allows people to experience the various types of breathing, but maintains the correct sequence and rhythm, which is also crucial in the practice of Yantra.

Breathing and Mindfulness
Cost: $200/ Early bird $175; Sliding scale on per need basis
Friday May 24, 6-8pm
Saturday May 25, 10-12pm and 3-5pm
Sunday May 26, 10-12pm
Monday May 27, 6:00-8:00pm

Yantra Yoga From a Chair-open course
Cost: $150, $125 early bird
May 31- June 2,
Friday May 31, 6-8pm
Saturday June 1, 10-11:30 and 2:00-3:30
Sunday June 2, 10-11:30 and 2:30-4:00

Both Courses: $300 ($50 discount)

Additional: for members of the Dzogchen Community
The 7th Lojong, May 22 and 23, 6-7:30pm

Pranayamas of the 3rd and 4th Series, May 30, 6-7:30pm
Both additional practice sessions, by donation. ALL Proceeds to support Dondrubling and Atiyoga Foundation (or determined by Fabio).

ABOUT FABIO:
Fabio Andrico is an internationally recognized expert on the unique tradition of Tibetan yoga known as Yantra Yoga, from the lineage of the renowned Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master Vairocana. He studied directly under the great Tibetan cultural scholar and Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who learned this potent and transformative form of yoga from his uncle, yogi Togden Ugyen Tenzin. Fabio is a hatha yoga and Yantra Yoga instructor, as well as an authorized trainer of Yantra Yoga teachers. Born and raised in Italy, he teaches Yantra Yoga internationally to groups of up to 700 participants in venues on six continents.

Breathe As You Are – Workshop in Harmonious Breathing

Sunday April 7, 2019 
Dondrub Ling – 2748 Adeline St. Suite D, Berkeley 94703 (above Crixa Bakery)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Breathing is the single-most important factor that sustains our existence and our mental and emotional wellbeing. Harmonious Breathing has as its central purpose to rediscover the beauty of breathing well, naturally.
Originally developed to prepare the student for Yantra Yoga, the practice includes gentle generic warm-ups, postures, and stretches which are executed with the express aim of making us aware of how each action or posture affects the breath. In addition we practice safe, breath-specific exercises, which give us the experience of the pathways the breath can take, and also enhance the fluidity and underlying harmony of the respiration. This has the effect on the individual of clearing the mind, restoring vigor to the body, and harmonizing the emotions.

Instructor: Vicki Sidley
Certified Harmonious Breathing Teacher
Cost: $60    (No one turned away due to lack of funds)
For further information call 510-644-2260


The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings

Dondrubling is pleased to announce a Vajra Dance course in The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings

Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 2019
Led by authorized instructor Carisa O’Kelly

The Dance of the Vajra is part of the Dzogchen Teachings transmitted by the world- renowned Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
The Vajra Dance is a meditation in movement. The simple, slow and fluid movements relax the body, clear the mind, and relieve the tensions of our daily life. Through dancing we activate and coordinate specific energy points in our body according to an ancient knowledge of channels and chakras. In this way the Vajra Dance dissolves energy blocks, harmonizes the three main aspects of our being – body, energy and mind – and develops presence and awareness. In the Dzogchen teaching the Vajra is a symbol of our essential nature, which is pure, clear and immutable like a diamond.
Practicing the Dance of the Vajra one can discover this real nature by being in the state of contemplation; and one can learn to maintain and stabilize this knowledge not only in sitting meditation but also being in movement. In this way it can become part of our daily life.
The Dance of the Vajra that Benefits Beings is a symbolic dance of compassion. It is more related to our physical level.
It frees the tensions related to our conditioning by different emotions.

This course is open to all those interested, no previous dance experience needed.
Please bring clean socks or soft-soled shoes dedicated to dancing on the Mandala.

Course Schedule both Saturday and Sunday March 2 & 3: 
10am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 5pm

Location:
Dondrubling 
Suite D (upstairs)
2748 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 

Cost  
$150 
$40/session drop-in for those who have taken this course previously
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To register, please send your check for the full amount payable to DCWC, to:
Dondrubling
2748  Adeline Street
Suite D
Berkeley, CA 94703
Please write ATTN: Vajra Dance Course on the envelope.

For more info about the course, please email Tana Lehr at tanalehr@gmail.com
For more info about the Vajra Dance, please visit vajradance.net

Stanford Zen Society presents Introduction to Yantra Yoga

With Luke Karamol, Sunday, February 17th, 1:30-5 PM
Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
at CIRCLE (Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences), Old Union, 3rd Floor

Discover Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, an authentic and living tradition of working with the three gates of body, speech, and mind. Yantra Yoga is an ancient system based on the text The Union of the Sun and the Moon, written in the 8th century by the master and translator Vairocana, and transmitted to the West in the 1970’s by the Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Yantra Yoga offers a unique series of yoga movements for optimal health, relaxation, and harmony. Synchronizing every movement with conscious breathing, we find ourselves in a perfectly relaxed state. Each yoga sequence performed in Yantra Yoga aims to guide the breath into a natural harmony with the mind and body. Designed to harmonize and expand our breathing capacity, loosen our joints, and optimize our energy channels, Yantra Yoga helps to reawaken our natural state of balance. These are perfect take-home practices for physical and mental well-being, and serve as a support for mindfulness in everyday life. For more information, look for yantra yoga on Facebook or visit http://www.yantrayoga.net/

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaches Tibetan yantra yoga and hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach yantra yoga by his teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Luke is also a Ayurveda Health Counselor and California licensed massage therapist; he is currently studying at Shubham Ayurveda. Luke lives in Oakland, California

Sun+Moon an introduction to the Tibetan Yoga of Movement

An ancient and authentic system for synchronizing mind and body with the natural rhythm of life.

We will learn transformative exercises for amplifying innate somatic processes and expanding vitality and awareness within the body. Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest living systems of yoga in the world.This is an all-level workshop for beginners and those with experience in any yoga tradition.

Presented by: Authorized instructor Luke Karamol + Logan Mikyö Clark McLellan

Time+Space
Friday, February 22nd 6pm-8pm
Saturday, February 23rd 9:30am-12pm 3pm-6pm
Sunday, February 24th 9:30am-12pm 3pm-6pm

Location:
Dzogchen Community West Coast
2748 Adeline Street Suite D
Berkeley, California

$200
Scholarships available for those in need. Please email us.

Eventbrite Registration:

Sun + Moon: an Introduction to the Tibetan Yoga of Movement

Discover Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement

Yantra Yoga is an authentic and living tradition of working with the three gates of body, speech, and mind. Yantra Yoga is an ancient system based on the text The Union of the Sun and the Moon, written in the 8th century by the master and translator Vairocana, and transmitted to the West in the 1970’s by the Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Yantra Yoga offers a unique series of yoga movements for optimal health, relaxation, and harmony. Synchronizing every movement with conscious breathing, we find ourselves in a perfectly relaxed state. Each yoga sequence performed in Yantra Yoga aims to guide the breath into a natural harmony with the mind and body. Designed to harmonize and expand our breathing capacity, loosen our joints, and optimize our energy channels, Yantra Yoga helps to reawaken our natural state of balance. These are perfect take-home practices for physical and mental well-being, and serve as a support for mindfulness in everyday life. For more information, look for yantra yoga on Facebook or visit http://www.yantrayoga.net/

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 10:00-12:00 P.M.
Location: Dondrubling, 2748 Adeline Street, Suite D, Berkeley (above Crixa Cakes)
Cost: $25

Tickets:
Eventbrite link or In-person day of event. Kindly RSVP in advance, thank you!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Luke Karamol has been studying and practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaches Tibetan yantra yoga and hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach yantra yoga by his teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Luke is also a Ayurveda Health Counselor and California licensed massage therapist; he is currently studying at Shubham Ayurveda. Luke lives in Berkeley, California.

Saturday & Sunday February 2 – 3 Santi Maha Sangha Precious Vase Retreat with Mariano Gil

The Experiences of Emptiness, Clarity, and Sensation as Doorways to Liberation.
Explanation with practical emphasis on meditation, including sutra practice, short tantric practice, and 7th lojong.

Times:

Saturday: 10am – 12:30pm & 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 4:30 – 6:30p
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Fee:
$100/complete course; $35/per session.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Please pay in person when you attend or make checks payable to Dzogchen Community West Coast and mail to Dondrubling in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Doug at  awakendd@gmail.com