The UK Dzogchen Community is an active, thriving group of Dzogchen practitioners who are students of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Within the context of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Dzogchen teachings are recognised as the direct path to realisation.
Here in the UK, many of our activities take place in Lekdanling, our centre in London, as well as in other regional centres. Our retreat centre, Kunselling, is located in the beautiful mountainous landscape near Hay-on-Wye, in Wales.
We meet regularly to practice together on auspicious days and for specific events: you can find out more by visiting our Events Calendar.
We are part of the larger International Dzogchen Community founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The main seat of our European community is situated at Merigar, in Tuscany, Italy and there is also a worldwide community of students. The international community exists in more than thirty countries and comprises those people interested in following the Dzogchen teachings as transmitted and taught by Rinpoche. Dzamlingar, Tenerife (Canary Islands) is the International Gar for the whole community. Other ‘Gars’ (meaning literally dwellings) have also been established in Mexico, Romania, the USA, Argentina, Venezuela and Australia.
There are also a large number of smaller centres (or ‘Lings’) all over the world, which includes our retreat place in Wales ‘Kunsel Ling’. The aim of the Gars and Lings is to serve as a focus for community activities and to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge of the teachings and to do retreat.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu also established a number of other international partnership organizations, including ASIA and the Shang Shung Institute which work closely with the International Dzogchen Community. Since 2010, local branches of ASIA and the Shang Shung Institute have also been set up in the UK.