Dondrubling’s Gakyil encourages you to participate in our 2021 Gakyil.

Dear Vajra Brothers and Sisters

Serving on the gakyil helps us all to continue Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s vision and also can be a wonderful practice in itself.

We are actively seeking Yellow, Blue, and Red Gakyil candidates.
Membership in the Dzogchen Community is a mandatory qualification for serving on the gakyil.

Of course, the current three Dondrubling Gakyil members, who have served for three years, will collaborate with and support all new members to transition smoothly into their responsibilities.
The following lists of specific tasks reflect current circumstances for Dondrubling, without a physical location.

Yellow Gakyil – “represents the economic and administration activities, which are linked to the body”
Paying bills and managing financial obligations, including distribution of membership fees and expenditures for online courses
Maintaining accounting records and supervising biannual bookkeeping reports
Planning for fundraising

Blue Gakyil – “represents the cultural and educational activities (of the teachings), which are linked to the mind”
Organizing, promoting, and scheduling online practices, events, courses, and retreats
Managing online communications, including weekly calendar emails, special announcements, website updates, and posts to social media
Coordinating Zoom meetings

Red Gakyil – “represents the different kinds of work activities, or work co-operatives, which are linked to the voice or energy”
Collaborating with Blue on online and outreach communications tasks
Arranging rentals for specific practices

Sunday, May 30 is the deadline for application:
Please send an email briefly stating your interests and qualifications to with the subject line Dondrubling Gakyil 2021.

Dream Yoga the Practice of Natural Light with Michael Katz

Saturday 22nd of May
One-Day Retreat of Dream Yoga the Practice of Natural Light
with Michael Katz

Authorized instructor and SMS teacher Michael Katz is going to offer a day retreat to dive into the Practice of Dream Yoga.

A special program offered by four Lings of North and South America which closed this past year, to dream together of a better future. 

IDC Kundrolling NYC joined Sangha forces for this retreat with Dondrubling – Berkeley, Norbuling – Lima, Pelzomling – Mexico City. All donations will be shared by these four Lings.

Retreat Details:

A one-day retreat of Dream Yoga the Practice of Natural Light
May 22nd, 2021
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (11:00 – 16:00) US Eastern Time
Simultaneous Spanish translation from English provided 
Transmission required
Pay what you can. $25 suggested
By Zoom


11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET – program
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET – lunch break 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET – program

To Register: 

Pay what you can. $25 suggested.
Register now to reserve your seat by sending your offering to
through PayPal.

Update February 2021

During January and February, Dondrubling’s Gakyil and friends inventoried, packed, and moved everything out of the Ling. Everyday objects, library books, and tapes, videos, and CDs of Rinpoche’s teachings went into a rented storage unit in Richmond, and will be evaluated for viability at a later date. Precious statues, paintings, and ritual items have been shared among community members who will host these items in their homes until a decision is made as to the next step for our community.

We are taking a break after the move to breathe and adapt to the change before making decisions about how to move forward. Any suggestions from you, our members, are very much welcome. Please write to gakyil @ to voice them.

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. Dzogchen Community West Coast remains the owner of Tsegyalgar West property and has expenses involved in maintaining the gar’s non-profit status. We also wish to build a reserve for such time as another viable location presents itself as a practice space.

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.

Many thanks for your continued support and practice

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

Dzamling Gar Webcast:

Tsegyalgar East Videoconferences:

Kundrolling, New York Dzogchen Community

Due to the Shelter-In-Place order for the Bay Area, all Dzogchen Community collective group practices and teachings have been suspended indefinitely at our physical location, Dondrubling. However, we WILL be offering Ganapujas via Zoom video conference. (If you have not used Zoom before, please go to and follow the instructions to download and run the free software needed to participate.) We are also working on offering other collective practices via Zoom. Please check the practice calendar for up to date details of events coming soon.