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Santi Maha Sangha

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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. 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.

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:

Authorized instructors of Santi Maha Sangha include Lynn Newdome (Base) , Michael Katz (Base), Mariano Gill (Base), Steve Landsberg (Base), and Jim Valby (2nd level). 

Steve Landsberg is the SMS coordinator for Tsegyalgar. You can reach Steve by email at:

For information about exams and documentations please visit: