This is the home of the Dzogchen Community UK’s Blog: This is your space. If you, the membership of the Dzogchen Community, do not write anything, we will all be staring at a blank page which may be good for emptiness practice but not good for communicating with each other on the relative level
So come on everyone – lets dig deep and write about our experiences – on retreat, in a cave, in a bus, at Merigar, at Dzamlingar, at Lekdanling and Kunselling, in China, in Mexico, in India or Tibet or even Surbiton, Penge, Foggy Bottom, Wolverhampton or Wick. Anywhere members of the Community are pursuing their spiritual aims.
We could have poems, recipes or photographs, or a short extract from that amazing autobiographical expose you are writing about your inner adventures as a young practitioner in your Dad’s garden shed back in the ‘60s …
The brief is simple:
- Your writing must relate, however tenuously, to practice in the Dzogchen Community under the guidance of our Precious Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
- It cannot be too short. It must not be too long – over a 1000 words has to be very special to hold the attention of a Millennial, I am told.
- With compassion and wisdom as the bottom line, you can be as serious or as funny as you like.
This will be the main publishing outlet for the Community in the future and the Gakyil are anxious that everyone should have access to it. We will be contacting the handful of people without email addresses to offer them a printed extract of the Best of the Blog on an annual basis. If you know of any member in this position please alert us.
The new year began with a session of Karma Yoga leading up to Losar in February. It is traditional to clean and clear out before Losar, and this year the week before Losar coincided with half term. We had two gorgeous teenage dakinis present and many of the Kunselling [...]
Many of you may already be familiar with The Mirror, originally the newspaper of the International Dzogchen Community. The printed newspaper started back in 1991 and continued up until the end of 2013 when, due to printing and mailing costs, the newspaper was forced to do its last print [...]
The contemporary cult of mindfulness is in the vanguard of the spread of Buddhism in the modern world. In the UK, it is even sponsored by the state, in the form of free mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the National Health Service. There are two university departments – [...]
Our communications with the members have been fully digital this year with no paper Journal. We have been able to publish more this way and the DzogBlog has been more comprehensive, more topical and more interactive than the Journal ever was. We can respond to events much more quickly. [...]
The following are some words taken from an article I wrote for the Mirror titled; “How I Met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu”. I feel they sum up my experience meeting Rinpoche while on my first retreat to Merigar in Sept/Oct 2008: When I arrived for the first evening of [...]
It was a very special time to be doing karma yoga - a small group of us, and we did more sitting practice than usual. These were the tasks we completed. Colin fitted a splash back at the back of the cooker, and has emailed the Health and Safety [...]