Dates: Sept. 12th and 13th Times: 9-11am and 2-4pm Register HERE
Cost: $60 for the course, or more! No one turned away for lack of funds. For payment, please use the donate button to the right of the page that says “Support Dondrubling with a one time donation”. Make a note with the payment that it is for “7th Lojong”.
The Seven Mind Trainings are presented in the text of the Precious Vase, Instructions on the Base of Santi Maha Sangha, by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The 7th of these, is the training of the mind by means of meditative stability of the state beyond thought.
The three types of practices in the 7th lojong are: • Training in the state beyond thought by means of pleasure and emptiness • Training in the state beyond thought by means of clarity and emptiness • Training in the ultimate nature of phenomena completely beyond thought
“Among all the series of mind trainings used as the base practices in Ati Dzogpa Chenpo, the seven mind trainings, from the texts of Dzogchen Nyingthig, are distinguished because they are easier for beginners to apply than those of other systems and at the same time more effective. The swift and deep way of Vajrayana has methods that, by controlling the activity of the karmic prana tied to inhalation and exhalation, directly enable one to recognize the wisdom of the natural state without relying on the methods of meditative stability that entail lengthy training using reasoning and the next of concepts, like in the lower vehicles.”
Due to COVID-19, the physical space at Dondrubling is closed. This means that all practice activities at the Ling and/or use of the Ling for any purpose is suspended until further notice. The Gakyil will offer updates when the situation changes. We encourage everyone to participate online in Dzogchen Community practices and activities. Many thanks for all your support.
May all beings always be happy and free of suffering!
Co-hosted by Shang Shung Institute of Russia and Dzogchen Community West Coast
Michael Katz has a doctoral degree in psychology from New York University. He is the co-author and editor of the book “Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light” with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu; also author of the book “Tibetan Dream Yoga the Royal Road to Enlightenment”, and “The White Dolphin.” Michael, a Dzogchen Community authorized instructor, has taught for two decades in more than 30 countries internationally as well as Harvard University, Amherst College, Tibet House and other institutions and organizations.
Robert Waggoner wrote the acclaimed book, Lucid Dreaming – Gateway to the Inner Self and co-authored the award winning, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple (with Caroline McCready). His books have been translated into German, French, Chinese, Czech, Finnish and Korean. A lucid dreamer since 1975, Robert co-edits the free online magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience at www.DreamingLucid.com and has given talks and lucid dreaming workshops in four continents.
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020 Time: 8:00am-1:00pm PT, 11AM – 4PM ET (with break) – Session times may be longer. via: Zoom videoconference Check your time zone: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
For payment, please use the donate button to the right of the page that says “Support Dondrubling with a one time donation”. Make a note with the payment that it is for Dream Yoga.
No one will be turned away thanks to the principle of sponsorship. Please consider giving a donation to the Sponsorship Program.
About Dream Yoga “If you are aware in the dream, you can experience many things within the dream state. It is easier to develop your (spiritual) practices in a dream than in the daytime. In the daytime we are limited by our material body, but in a dream our function of mind and our consciousness of the senses are unhindered. We can have more clarity.” Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light Dream Yoga is often called Yoga Nidra in other traditions. People have been fascinated with the subject of dreams and dreaming since time immemorial. Dreams of clarity which may increase through techniques of Dream Yoga have been known to foretell the future, solve seemingly unsolvable problems, and give us insight into our own personality. Lucid dreams refer to those dreams during which people both have awareness that they are dreaming and yet are still asleep. In physical yoga we must develop ourselves over time. When practicing physical yoga in the beginning we start with less advanced exercises and slowly learn to control our body. In the same way, in Dream Yoga we may first focus on learning to remember our dreams with greater frequency and also to have some insight into their meaning. After we have some success in remembering our dreams we can focus on having lucid dreams experience.
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)
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 zoom.us 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.