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Date: February 22nd-24th, 2019.


Chod Practice Retreat with Steven Landsberg

Chöd Practice Retreat with Authorized Santi Sangha Sangha (SMS) Instructor Steven Landsberg


How to Play the Damaru in the Chöd Practice with Steven Landsberg
Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm (ET)
Location: Attend in-person at schoolhouse Gönpa* or via videoconference**

Fee in-person or via videoconference: $20 Damaru Workshop Payment

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Chod Practice Retreat with Steven Landsberg
Date: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm / 2:30pm-5:00pm (ET)
Location: at schoolhouse Gönpa or via Videoconference

Attend in person at the Tsegyalgar Schoolhouse*
In-person Fee: $100/complete course; $60/per day; $35/per session

*In-person participation is open to all who have received transmission or those sincerely interested, who although do not have transmission, are willing to take on the responsibility for making that decision.

Attend in person: Pay Online

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**To join via videoconference you must have received transmission and be a member of the International Dzogchen Community (IDC). Please contact bluegakyil@tsegyalgar.org if you have questions.

Videoconference Fee: $100/Saturday & Sunday: Videoconference Payment

We will send out a Zoom videoconference invitation prior to the event. Please activate your camera when joining via videoconference. 


Please consider giving a donation to the Sponsorship Program. If you need financial assistance please contact bluegakyil@tsegyalgar.org.
No one will be turned away thanks to the principle of sponsorship.


Tsegyalgar East is very happy to announce a Chöd reatreat with authorized Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) instructor Steven Landsberg.

This retreat will focus on the practice of Chöd as used in the Dzogchen Community. We will practice the melodies and the use of the ritual instruments. During the course there will also be explanations of some of the principle points regarding view, meditation, and conduct.

Chöd is commonly practiced throughout Tibet. It is found in all schools of Buddhism as well as in the Dzogchen and Bönpo traditions. The origins of this practice can be traced principally to the Tibetan female master Machig Labdrön, who lived around 1000 CE.

The Chöd practice arose directly out of Machig Labdrön’s own experiences and knowledge as the essence of all the teachings she had received. Chöd means cutting through our ego. Machig Labdrön understood that cutting through our ego is essential and later gave the name of Chöd to the teachings that embody this principle.

Steven Landsberg began studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1967 while he was living in India. He also spent two years studying Sanskrit and Tibetan and many years doing preliminary practices.

In 1982, he attended his first retreat with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and began practicing under his guidance. After having studied and practiced the Base Level, he passed the exam in 1996. He has continued to pursue his study and practice of SMS since that time and was authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach in August 2010. Since then, he has been giving courses internationally on various aspects of the SMS base level as well as public courses on mindfulness and the application of presence and how these skills can be generally useful.


The following resource materials are available from the Shang Shung Institute USA Bookstore, some items may be reserved**

  • MP3 download: The Practice of Chöd
    Chod: the explanation and the practice itself led by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, registered in 1991 in Merigar. The explanations are in Italian with simultaneous translation into English.
    Please allow 1-5 days to receive your download link -- we generate these manually, and thus need to be in the office to send them to you. We'll get them to you as soon as possible!
  • Chöd: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
    A long and exhaustive explanation on the meaning of Chod and on the way of doing the practice followed by the text of the practice. Compilation of teachings transmitted from 1976 to 1991.
  • Chöd: Cutting Through our Illusions DVD - PAL format only.
    This DVD is a non-profit project that originated with the intent to present the first ever integral account of the ritual pilgrimage of the Chöd to a wider audience.
  • How to play the damaru in the Chöd practice

**Shang Shung Institute Shop Reserved Items: Reserved Items are materials intended for the Dzogchen Community. In order to purchase these items one must be a current member of the Dzogchen Community, and must have received Transmission for the specific practice.