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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.

1004, 2018

Kathy Cullen enjoys Khaita Dancing at the British Museum

By |April 10th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

The Faiths In Tune Interfaith Music Festival was held this year in the stunning Queen Elizabeth II Great Court of the British Museum and it was a perfect venue for exploring interfaith music and dance.  The iconic venue was an outstanding backdrop, both visually and acoustically, for the music [...]

704, 2018

Scott Diamond of the International Gakyil writes

By |April 7th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

This is a brief outline of the relationship of the UK Dzogchen Community’s Gakyil with the International Gakyil of the International Dzogchen Community. The International Gakyil is intended to support and encourage the activities of local Gakyils that take responsibility for the International Dzogchen Community. Providing oversight and connection [...]

103, 2018

Winter Karma Yoga at Kunselling by Penny Stirling

By |March 1st, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Penny manifesting as a Karma Yogini Winter karma yoga was a real pleasure to attend. A group of enthusiastic and talented yogis turned up on Sunday evening, all ready for action and Rowan, Stephie and Rose were there already and had prepared a delicious venison stew. Rowan decorated the [...]

1602, 2018

The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|1 Comment

Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro,(1893-1959)  was the last of the great masters to live almost his entire lifetime in Tibet where his extraordinary activity could flourish unimpeded by Modern Times. This account of his life propels us into Planet Tibet: the good, the bad and the inconceivable. He was [...]

3001, 2018

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu – Moscow 1994

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|8 Comments

Recently Lenka Tchernobay kindly shared these pictures from the Moscow retreat led by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1994. Although the prints are in black and white and not as sharp as we are used to today with modern technology, they capture the inspired atmosphere [...]

2401, 2018

James Low’s recent teachings at Lekdanling

By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

On the weekend of the 20-21st Jan, James Low gave a teaching at our London centre, Lekdanling. The weekend was preceded by an SSIUK lecture on the same topic, 'Who am I? Buddhist approaches to the mystery of me being me’.   As usual, James led an exploration of the [...]

2312, 2017

Mandarava in Baja – the End

By |December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|2 Comments

I hope my descriptions of Tsegyalgar West have conveyed the strong connection I made with the place and people of this Gar in the far West. I hope to inspire others to make the long journey to Baja California to visit and take advantage of the unique opportunities the [...]

1812, 2017

Harmonious Breathing Course by Ewa Michalec

By |December 18th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.        Sanskrit proverb   Marco Baseggio led a workshop on Harmonious Breathing at the London Centre of the UK Dzogchen Community, Lekdanling. Marco has been studying and teaching Yantra Yoga for more than [...]

1312, 2017

Mandarava in Baja – Part Three

By |December 13th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

At Tsegyalgar West, apart from my usual schedule, or rather my unusual non-schedule, there were some meditational highlights that took place in special places on the land. The first of these was the look-out rock which is situated directly above the Gonpa of the Gar. You can climb up [...]

3011, 2017

Mandarava in Baja – Part Two

By |November 30th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Driving up the rutted approach track to the Gar, looking across a ravine, you can make out many small casitas scattered through the greenery.   The casitas are a few yards apart and consist of one large room. One side is a glass wall and sliding doors open [...]

2411, 2017

Mandarava in Baja – Part One – by Jane Weston

By |November 24th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

A year ago today, I set off for Baja California. My plan was simple - to spend a month at Tsegyalgar West, making a personal retreat of the Dakini Mandarava.  In a series of blogposts, I am going to describe this amazing Gar and some of my meditational experiences [...]

1311, 2017

Vajra Dance and Mindfulness – Part Two by Prima Mai

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Part Two - The Dance of the Vajra Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a renowned scholar and widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest living masters of Dzogchen, the essence of Tibetan Buddhism, first introduced this Dance of the Vajra to his students in 1990. It is mainly practised in [...]

911, 2017

Vajra Dance and Mindfulness Part One by Prima Mai

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

  In human experience, dance and song begin where the utility of communication ends. Requiring no instruments, other than our body and vocal cords, they are art, a luxury that brings richness, joy, and meaning. Like music itself, they are universal, unifying, expressive, and profound.   On a contemporary, [...]

2409, 2017

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu arrives in Dzamlingar!

By |September 24th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Saturday 23rd September 2017:- Rinpoche and Rosa arrived in Dzamlingar on Saturday around 2.30pm and he was greeted by many people. As his journey started very early in the morning Rinpoche and Rosa quickly ascended to their apartment which was completely overhauled and renewed for them. The Dzamlingar sangha [...]

2209, 2017

Preparation for Rinpoche’s arrival in Dzamlingar

By |September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

Wednesday 20th September: Preparation for Rinpoche’s arrival in Dzamlingar on Saturday We are tangibly buzzing in Dzamlingar. Excited about Rinpoche’s imminent arrival on Saturday afternoon we are activated and getting very busy. The Cafeteria is being cleaned and upgraded. A host of second hand chairs have arrived as a [...]

2109, 2017

The Spiritual Odyssey of Freda Bedi

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

England, India, Burma, Sikkim & Beyond by Norma Levine Excerpt: A Conscious Death I met Freda Bedi not in her life but in her death. From the little I knew, I imagined her an English memsahib, a vestige of the British raj, a great organizer, a doer of good [...]

1709, 2017

Khalongdorjekar – of the Song of the Vajra

By |September 17th, 2017|Categories: Dzog Blog|0 Comments

During August 2017 Vajra dancers of the UK gathered as usual to spend a week together practising the well known 3 dances of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's Longsal terma. These dances, as most of us are familiar, are practised on a circular geometric mandala with 6 male (Pawos) and 6 [...]

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