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Membership of the Dzogchen Community is both our commitment to the teachings as well as practice of our generosity. To be a member means to contribute to the support of the Community, which aims to promote the opportunity to meet and practice the Dzogchen Teaching as transmitted by our precious Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Through membership fee sharing you contribute to the life of your Ling, your Gar, and the International Community.
The Meaning and Rules of Membership
Usually a person becomes a member of Dzogchen Community when he/she decides to follow Chogyal Namkhai Norbu’s Teachings in a more serious way.
Bearing this in mind, ‘membership’ is an offering of respect for Rinpoche and a way to thank him for the precious Teachings he gives us.
Membership supports the life of the Community that Rinpoche has created, maintains the continuation of the Teachings and helps others to come into contact with them.
Membership of the Dzogchen Community in the UK includes membership and benefits of Merigar (our Western European Gar in Italy). Lesser discounts are also available to Merigar members attending retreats in other parts of the world. Our membership is governed by Merigar. One of the ways in which Merigar raises revenues in order to provide webcast infrastructure, publications archives and the many other community facilities of the Gar is to raise revenue from all of the Lings in Western Europe.
The membership year starts on January 1st (and runs until 31st December). We offer the facility of a monthly standing order but we ask everybody to make a commitment to pay for at least 12 months. If you are joining during the year and you want to pay your membership annually please contact the Membership Secretary.
Under Merigar’s rules of membership the membership year is run for the calendar year Jan-Dec. Currently a 45% proportion of each members dues FOR THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP YEAR is required to be paid to Merigar. This means that if a member joins later in the year the UK Community still needs to pay a full 45% of their 12 months membership fees to Merigar.
To encourage new members (an individual who has not been a member before) to join up, the UK Community allows a special late join date of 1st June. We ask all members to make a commitment to the full (Jan-Dec) calendar year for subsequent years.