The Dance of the Vajra is a method of movement in contemplation. The difference between meditation and contemplation methods is that when we meditate we concentrate and apply the mind. Contemplation means that the mind does not concentrate on anything, but is observant to the train of thoughts and conditions arising in relation to our three existences, without modifying or judging them to be correct or incorrect.
The Dance of the Vajra is introduced by the respected Dzogchen master and Buddhist scholar, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu who is a unique figure in the contemporary spiritual world.
The Vajra Dance is performed on a mandala that represents the correspondence between the internal dimension of each individual and the external dimension in which we live. It is an important method using sound and movement for integrating and harmonizing our three existences body, energy, and mind, and is also a very effective practice for restoring the natural condition of our energy and harmonizing our whole being. As such, it can be approached with due awareness and respect, by all people who are sincerely interested and wish to receive its benefits.
This course is suitable for those completely new to the
Dance and those who have already been studying and practicing the Dance.
About the Instructor Carisa O’Kelly met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in September 1996 and has been studying and practicing his teachings since. Soon after her first retreat with Rinpoche she started to study and practice the Vajra Dance.
Starting immediately Dondrubling will be locking the front gate and building side door at the beginning of our evening practice sessions. This is because there have been thefts and reports of intruders in the building during and after our practices. Other businesses in the building have been impacted. Out of respect for them and to keep the building and tenants safe and secure we are instituting this policy. For weeknight ganapujas, we begin assembling at 7pm; practice starts promptly at 7:30pm. We will lock the gate and building’s side door at 7:30. For weekend ganapujas, we open at 5pm, and practice starts at 5:30pm; we will lock up at 5:30. Please plan to arrive within this half-hour window for assembly and setup. We will not interrupt practice to come down and open the doors for late arrivals. Facilitators of other nighttime practices may determine when to lock the doors.
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Dates & Times: Friday, January 3rd: 7pm-8:30pm Saturday, January 4th: 9am-12:30pm & 3pm-6:30pm Sunday, January 5th: 9am-12:30pm & 3pm-6:30pm Live Online Bonus Session! January 12th: 10am-Noon
About this Event Are you looking for a way to keep your mental and physical health balanced and at ease with the stresses of daily life? Are you confused by all of the mixed messages out there in regards to how to stay healthy and well? Would you like to improve your physical and mental health while addressing the little issues creeping up that no one seems to have an answer for? This training will provide you with an essential foundation in Tibetan Medicine five elements theory, the practical tools for holistic self-care at home and a hands-on experience of balancing your body, energy and mind. Traditional Tibetan Medicine teaches that prevention and treatment are highly personalized and that there is not one way that is good for everyone . Through Traditional Tibetan Medicine you learn how to balance your diet and lifestyle according to the unique circumstances of your own life. With this knowledge you are able to understand what your mind and body need to stay in balance, empowering you to utilize the essence of any health and wellness system according to your own needs.Self-care through diet and lifestyle is the foundation for maintaining health and preventing disease. In this program you will dive deeply into the aspects of Tibetan Medicine study which pertain to self-care with special focus on stress management, chronic disease prevention, and building your very own constitutional health plan.
Topics and Activities Include:
• A guided 7-day Tibetan Medicine Wellness Challenge (see below for details)
• Learning Practical Stress Management Techniques including Self-Massage and Home Remedies
• Mindful Breathing and Movement Exercises including Harmonious Breathing, Tibetan Yantra Yoga and Khaita Joyful Dances
• Health and Disease according to Tibetan Medicine
• General & Personalized Healthy Eating Guidelines
• General & Personalized Healthy Lifestyle Habits
• Seasonal Health Tips
• Using Spices for Health
• Personalized Constitutional Health Plan
Guided 7-day Tibetan Medicine Wellness Challenge On the afternoon of January 5th, you will be provided with a structured 7-day Tibetan Medicine Wellness challenge to begin Monday, January 6th. It will include a daily routine for each participant including:
• Daily schedule for optimal wellness
• Dietary guidelines for optimal digestive health
• Morning Routine: meditation, metabolic elixir, exercises
• Lunchtime liver and blood elixir
• Evening Routine: breathing and down-time practices, rejuvenation elixir, intermittent fasting protocol, sleep hygiene schedule
During the seven day wellness challenge you will be provided with ongoing support through a dedicated facebook group. On the final day of the Wellness Challenge you will get a live online bonus session to go over your experiences and help you begin your journey launching your own personalized constitutional health plan.
Menpa Matthew Schmookler Matthew Schmookler completed the four Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine four-year program in 2009. There he studied under the celebrated Tibetan physician Menpa. Phuntsog Wangmo. He then spent several months interning with master Tibetan Medicine doctors at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine College at Qinghai University where he received the Menpa Degree. Matthew went on to be authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Tibetan Medicine. He is also a certified Instructor of Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Harmonious Breathing and Khaita Joyful Dances. Matthew serves on the Board of Directors of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, helping to develop and implement international educational programs. Matthew has offered guest lectures and teachings at venues including Five Branches University, San Francisco State University, Stanford School of Medicine, Smith College, the Berkeley West Coast Dzogchen Community Center, The Richmond Tibetan Community Center, as well as venues in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Moscow and more. With over 15 years of experience in holistic health and wellness practice Matthew co-founded Sowa Wellness a Bay Area mobile wellness company. He is a California Certified Massage Therapist specialized in Tibetan Kunye Massage.
Menpa Adam Okerblom, DAOM, LAc Adam Okerblom received his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Five Branches University, San Jose, California, in August of 2019. In 2018, Adam was authorized as an Instructor of Tibetan Medicine by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in Tenerife, Spain. He received his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) at Berkeley in 2016. Adam graduated from the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine Four-Year Program, in Conway Massachusetts, in 2012. He completed a three-month internship and studies at the Tso Ngon Tibetan Medicine College at Qinghai University, where he received his Menpa Degree. Adam practices and teaches Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Acupuncture in the San Francisco Bay Area. He offers clinical treatments using the theory and practical therapeutic methods of Tibetan and Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal formulae, Tibetan Kunye massage and other techniques. Adam also sits on the Board of Directors of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, USA.
On Thursday 27 September 2018, at 9 pm our beloved Master left this earthly existence in a serene and peaceful way, at his residence, Gadeling, Merigar.
We would like to thank all of you for the affection you have shown to everyone, unconditionally.
In this period of profound reflection, we kindly ask you to continue to respect the period of mourning for Rinpoche’s transition. According to tradition, when great masters such as Chögyal Namkhai Norbu pass away, there is a three year period of mourning and reflection. As a family we kindly ask you to respect one year.
The period of mourning we are observing is inward rather than outward; it means we interiorize and carry Rinpoche forever in our hearts while we commit ourselves to preserving and protecting our memories of Him. In this regard, we kindly ask you to refrain from disseminating and posting unofficial photos, comments, and biographies (the only one authorized is the one used for the Nobel Peace Prize) as a show of respect for Rinpoche and His family. Commemorations in Rinpoche’s honor will be published in advance on the official channels.
In closing, we remind you that the image and memory of Rinpoche are a heritage for humanity and, as such, should be respected and preserved in their entirety for the benefit of future generations.