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

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

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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.


Saturday: 10am – 12:30pm & 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 4:30 – 6:30p

$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

Official Announcement from the Namkhai Family

Dear friends,

Tonight, Thursday 27 September, at 9 pm our beloved Master left this earthly existence in a serene and peaceful way, at his residence, Gadeling, Merigar.

The Namkhai Family

We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the Family and the request for silence and reflection.

Students from all over the world are coming to Merigar to be together and practice. The daily collective practices are continuing and as soon as we receive directions from the Namkhai Family we will let you know how you can pay your respects and honor our beloved and precious Master.

Please remember that at the moment the Master is in Thugdam (Samadhi), a phase that lasts from 3 to 7 days that should not be disturbed.

Merigar Gakyil

Tibetan Yantra Yoga: Introductory Workshop Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tibetan Yantra Yoga: Introductory Workshop

With Instructor Jillian Patricia

Discover Yantra Yoga: “The Union of the Sun and Moon”

Yantra Yoga offers a unique series of yoga movements combined with conscious breathing for optimal health, relaxation, and harmony. This workshop will focus on the 8 Movements for Purifying the Prana, the 9 Breathings for Exhaling the Stale Air, and Rhythmic Breathing, to help coordinate our vital energy, expand our breathing capacity, and reawaken our natural state of balance. These are perfect take-home practices for physical and mental well-being in everyday life. For more information about Yantra Yoga, visit

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 2:30-5:30 P.M.
Cost: By Donation to Benefit the Dzogchen Community West Coast
Suggested Minimum Donation: $30.
Tickets available at:

About the Instructor, Jillian Patricia:
Jillian is a first-level instructor of Tibetan Yantra Yoga as taught by Tibetan Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, authentic lineage holder of Vairocana’s Trulkor Nyida Kajor. Practicing yoga and meditation since 2001, Jillian is also certified to teach Harmonious Breathing by Fabio Andrico, and Hatha Yoga by the USA Yoga Alliance.

Prof. Namkhai Norbu Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic



The President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, has conferred an important honor on Prof. Namkhai Norbu on the proposal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers: Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
The President of the Italian Republic is, in fact, the head of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest of the Republic’s orders, created with the aim of “rewarding merits acquired towards the Nation in the field of letters, the arts, the economy and in commitment to public office and activities carried out for social, philanthropic and humanitarian purposes, as well as for long and distinguished service in civil and military careers”.
According to the regulations no one can be awarded, for the first time, an honor higher than that of Cavaliere (Knight), with exceptions in some particular situations. Professor and Master Namkhai Norbu has been recognized for the exceptional nature of his commitment and contribution to the whole of society, and has been given the title of Commendatore (Commander).
The official conferment will take place on Monday 10 September. The Prefect of Grosseto, in the name of the President of the Republic, will deliver the honor in the presence of the major authorities of the Amiata area. The ceremony is reserved for institutional guests.
The Dzogchen Community is happy about this important recognition of our beloved and precious Master by civil society. We invite everyone to come and celebrate with us on Sunday, September 16 and have lunch together at the Yellow House at Merigar. Compatible with his commitments, Rinpoche will be present for a brief greeting.

Birth of the Atiyoga Foundation

Merigar West was the venue for a three day meeting, June 5-7, 2018, between the Board of Directors of the newly established International Atiyoga Foundation and the staff of Shang Shung Foundation Italy.
On the first day of the meeting, there was a brief presentation of the Atiyoga Foundation. On 16 February 2018, the first day of the Tibetan Earth Dog Year, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu announced the birth of the Atiyoga Foundation via web cast from Dzamling Gar, the Global Gar, to the whole Dzogchen Community, with the signing of a document called its “birth certificate” by its founders, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Rosa Namkhai, Carlos Ramos, and Nancy Simmons. Rinpoche explained that the new foundation (ATIF) would be the “umbrella” of all entities that are part of the Dzogchen Community.
ATIF has five members of the Board of Directors: Marco Baseggio, who is president of the Board and its legal representative, Alex Siedlecki, Director of the Museum of Asian Art and Culture (MACO), Oliver Leick, Director of the Shang Shung Foundation, Pia Bramezza, the Merigar West accountant and Head of the Administration Department, and Ester Escudero, ASIF’s representative in Spain.
The mission of the new foundation is to make available “favorable conditions for bringing out the potentiality of the human being” (Article 5 of the Statute). This will be done in a non-religious way, through the many manifestations of ancient and contemporary art, through knowledge such as scientific, philosophical, psychological, medical, and humanistic research, but also simply communication of knowledge, making use of the tools that are deployed in the different departments and institutes of which it is constituted.
Vision. The Atiyoga Foundation will be a cultural foundation that works not only with cultural traditions – such as the Tibetan one that contains the most ancient knowledge of man – but also with new frontiers of culture and science in the contemporary world, with the intent to build relationships and synergies with institutions such as universities, museums, schools and academies for the creation of courses, workshops and cultural events.
Among its main Objectives the Atiyoga Foundation intends to contribute to preserving and making sustainable the organizations created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. This may include the establishment of autonomous organizations (departments) under the umbrella of the Foundation.
The Foundation will also require financial strictness and transparency in all its departments. This will be implemented by management software that will work with the costs center system. Each department will correspond to a cost center.
This management system will include fundraising.
There will be a self-sustaining financial report / initial budget for each department with a related program of activities at the beginning of each fiscal year and a final financial report at the end of the year, with possible adjustments during the year. All documents will be made available to the public.
Departments. All departments will be contained within the legal and management structure of the Atiyoga Foundation. They will be autonomous and responsible for themselves. They will retain their identity and – if deemed appropriate – their own organization.
Shang Shung Foundation currently has its own legal structure. In order to become part of ATIF, SSF must be dissolved and liquidated legally, but this does not mean that it will necessarily have to lose its identity. The other Shang Shung Institutes around the world will retain their identity and structure.
The Museum of Asian Art and Culture (MACO) does not have its own legal structure and is considered an asset of the Merigar Dzogchen Community Cultural Association. MACO will be transferred to the legal structure of ATIF while maintaining its identity and its function.
An ATIF Italy, offspring of the international ATIF, will be created in which the Shang Shung Foundation and MACO will continue their activity autonomously and responsibly.
Yantra Yoga, Khaita Joyful Dances, Vajra Dance and the Visual Arts are currently managed by the SSF for courses outside the Dzogchen Community.
SSF and the instructors involved can create a department / institute for these activities autonomously from the Shang Shung Institute, but always within ATIF.
The School of Tibetan Medicine should be an autonomous department / institute within ATIF and based in Dzamling Gar.
Cultural tourism. In a long-term perspective, the tourist activity managed by Migmar tsering will also be legally integrated into ATIF at the express request of Rosa Namkhai and the Master.
Friends of the Foundation. Donors, cultural associations and other legally recognized entities may become “Friends of the Foundation” on selection by the Founders’ Council.
In addition to the Board of Directors of ATIF and Nancy Simmons (as one of the three founder of ATIF), the following people attended the meeting: Tiziana Gottardi (for Merigar), Fabio Risolo (for the IG), and then for the different branches of SSF: Gaetano Ruvolo, Ilaria Faccioli, Fabian Sanders, Kamil Selwa, Margherita Pansa, Mirella D’Angelo, Giorgio Dallorto, Igor Legati, and Migmar Tsering for the International Cultural Ati Yoga Association.