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The Dzogchen Community UK’s Blog is your space.

All kinds of contributions are welcome! Please write about your experiences; your life as a practitioner: in a cave? At Merigar, Dzamlingar, Lekdanling or Kunselling; in China, Mexico, India, Tibet or British suburbia. Anywhere members of the Community are pursuing our spiritual aims.

We know what an amazingly talented bunch of creative people we have in our Sangha, so please send us your poems, recipes or photographs, even sound or video clips, if that’s your medium.

The brief is simple:

  1. Your writing must relate, however tenuously, to practice in the Dzogchen Community under the guidance of our Precious Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
  2. It cannot be too short. It must not be too long – over a 1000 words has to be very special to hold most peoples’ attention I am sure.
  3. 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.

Please send us your contributions using the form.

605, 2024

Emma Mulholland

By |May 6th, 2024|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Emma Mulholland Emma Mulholland died peacefully from cancer that had spread to her brain. She had been ill for the past few years but chose alternative medicine over western medicine, so it was not discovered until February of this year. She died at home, surrounded by close friends [...]

3108, 2021

Vajra Dance at Kunselling this Summer

By |August 31st, 2021|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

We held two Vajra Dance events in Kunselling this summer. Both were well attended. For the first one, a Deepening Course of the Song of the Vajra in July and e returned to Kunselling in August for the Annual Vajra Dance Retreat Week.

2901, 2021

An Overview of our Online Activities.

By |January 29th, 2021|Categories: Dzog Blog, Gakyil|0 Comments

There are a number of methods & platforms which the Dzogchen Community UK uses for communication, co-ordination & socialising on the net. It can seem complicated & it might seem that there is unnecessary duplication, but since I have been in this role I have realised that this is [...]

2811, 2019

Hail & Welcome!

By |November 28th, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog, Gakyil|0 Comments

Greetings everyone, I am Barry Patterson the new moderator of the Dzog Blog & new Blue Gakyil member. First of all, what a great channel & source for inspiration, news & ideas this blog has become under the guidance & moderation of Jane Weston. She has worked hard & has put a lot of time & love into making this place such a special outlet, nay, meeting place for the many voices which may be heard in our community. Many thanks & much praise to her for a great job, well done. I hope that I will be a worthy successor.

3110, 2019

Guruyoga Retreat at Kunselling – Renewing our connection to the Master

By |October 31st, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|3 Comments

To anyone who has followed the Dzogchen Teachings - as transmitted by the late Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, the centrality of Guru Yoga practice will have come across in no uncertain terms. Repeatedly, Rinpoche would emphasise just how important Guru Yoga practice is. As aspiring practitioners, Rinpoche would [...]

1610, 2019

Julian Chase remembers Rinpoche

By |October 16th, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

Magic Circle Feels like it’s time to pull out the notes from my pilgrimage last year to say farewell to our precious Master. Our collective year of mourning and reflection following Rinpoche's passing has now ended: in the random personal reflections offered below I have no wish to intrude [...]

1007, 2019

Dance of the Song of the Vajra at Kunselling

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|2 Comments

Dance of the Song of the Vajra at Kunselling Our retreat in June was a perfect opportunity to join together as a group to dance the Song of the Vajra and practise the Long Mandarava and Short Mandarava and Mandarava Ganapuja rites.  These photographs give just a flavour of [...]

2305, 2019

The Importance of Santi Maha Sangha

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

REFRESHING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SANTI MAHA SANGHA   Now that spring has arrived, it feels like a good time to refresh in our minds the importance of theSanti Maha Sangha.  The Santi Maha Sangha training is a programme of study and practice created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in [...]

1705, 2019

A poem by Glen Desmier

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

This is a poem I wrote about Namkhai Norbu based around three poems of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche In the expanse of the sky No matter how long the room’s been dark, an hour or a million years, The moment the lamp of awareness is lit, the darkness disappears. In [...]

2202, 2019

Mandarava in Baja

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

These photographs were taken the day after the month long retreat of the Dakini Mandarava ended.  Nina Robinson led this recently at Tsegyelgar West in Baja California, Mexico

3110, 2018

Information about the Mirror by Liz Granger

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

1410, 2018

Remembering Rinpoche by Candida Wright

By |October 14th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

1709, 2018

The Dance that Benefits Beings by Julia Ranger

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

I had a wonderful weekend recently at Kunselling - my first time there and my first ever Vajra dance workshop. The farmhouse was charming, cosy and peaceful. Rose cooked lovely healthy meals and worked so hard as did Stephie, the whole time looking  after us all and making the [...]

1109, 2018

Vajra Dance at Kunselling – August 2018

By |September 11th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

Dance Practice Week was a delight again this August.  Every year, many of the old hand dancers gather with newcomers to practise all of the Vajra Dances that Rinpoche has taught us in the delightful surroundings of Kunselling. The families of the dancers are welcome and something I particularly [...]

1906, 2018

Summer Karma at Kunselling by Colin Ellar

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

There were a lot of minor tasks at Kunselling this time but because we now pay to have the grass mown regularly this has let us focus our time on essential maintenance. The biggest task was building a base for the new garden shed and then assembling the shed [...]

1306, 2018

Yantra Yoga Retreat with John Renshaw

By |June 13th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|2 Comments

I recently returned from a Yantra Yoga retreat with John Renshaw at Kunselling retreat house, which is nestled between the Black mountains and the Brecon Beacons in the Welsh countryside. It was a five day retreat and for several of those days we were graced with some beautiful weather. [...]

2905, 2018

Mandarava and Dance Retreat by Jane Weston

By |May 29th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

We recently completed a group practice retreat of the Dakini Mandarava and the Vajra Dance at Kunselling.  About a dozen practitioners participated at various times and we were blessed with superb weather – hot sun and clear blue skies which are ideal for practising sky gazing and the Tsogthig [...]

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