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Santi Maha Sangha

Santi Maha Sangha
Santi Maha Sangha is a course of study and practice in nine levels initiated by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1994. The aim of Santi Maha Sangha, which in the ancient language of Oddiyana means "Dzogchen Commmunity," is to guarantee the continuation of the Dzogchen teaching as it was originally transmitted by Garab Dorje, and as the Master has been transmitting it for more than thirty years within the Dzogchen Community. After the "Base" level, whose contents are presented in The Precious Vase, there are three levels dedicated to Semde, three to Longde and the final three to Mennagde or Upadesha.

In 2012 Chögyal Namkhai Norbu will gave the SMS base exam and the SMS level 1 training at Tsegyalgar East July 11th - 17th. This examination covers the instructions of Sutra, Tantra and Dzoghen as described in the "Precious Vase." Practitioners interested to take the Base exam should extensively study and practice according to the "Precious Vase." There are various opportunities throughout the year at local centers to take SMS Base courses with certified instructors.

Please visit the Master Calendar or Local Center Events calendar for detailed information. We are currently planning our Fall/Winter 2013/2013 schedule of SMS courses.

Practitioners must also engage in karma yoga (volunteer work for the Community) in the year prior to the examination. This is not a last minute requirement but reflects one's ongoing commitment to collaborate with ones vajra sisters and brothers. Likewise practitioners must also be a member of the Community the year prior to the examination. In order to learn about Karma Yoga opportunities please contact the Tsegyalgar East Bue gakyil or your nearest local Dzogchen Community Center. There are ways to participate in Karma Yoga from afar. The Blue Gakyil can be reached at: bluegakyil@tsegyalgar.org

Jim Valby is the North American authorized teacher and coordinator who can be reached at jimvalby@gmail.com

There is currently an active Santi Maha Sangha study group that meets weekly each Tuesday online via Webex. Contact Elisa Gonzalez if you would like to join this group at ejgon@hotmail com or visit our weekly schedule for updates.

SMS Forms
Download: Application_for_Admission_SMS_Exams.doc
Download: KARMA_YOGA_FORM.doc

SMS Forms - More Information
Download: SMS_Base_Level_Practices.pdf
Download: New_Procedure_for_SMS_Exams_2010.pdf
Download: Procedure_SMS_Teachers_Training_ENG.pdf
Download: Rinpoche_on_SMS_2008.pdf

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