All MP3's came down the end of August 2016, the pages and reference materials will stay up for everyone's use.
The teachings of the Base of Santi Maha Sangha are indispensable for students pursuing Santi Maha Sangha Training as well as those pursuing other methods taught by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Studying these core principles helps establish a foundation for any Dzogchen practice.
"Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha" was a course which ran at Tsegyalgar East (and was recorded as MP3's) in five sessions over 11 months. The reference materials for these sessions are still available for Community members' use. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Login code and password to access these.)
The Buddhist tradition of Tibet incorporates and unifies all of Buddha's teachings into a nine-yana approach, with Dzogchen, or Ati, at its peak. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu systematically summarizes this vast knowledge in The Precious Vase: Instructions of the Base of Santi Maha Sangha. The text explains the core views of each yana from a Dzogchen perspective, and provides meditation techniques for direct experience.
Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha was an 8-month (approx.) program exploring The Precious Vase in detail. Its aim was to both simplify and to delve into this wealth of knowledge. For new students, it provided a clear perspective. For experienced practitioners, it went more deeply into the material by offering background information and reading of root texts. For all, it was an opportunity to study and practice together.
Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha was open to anyone who had received basic transmission from Rinpoche. It was taken in-person at Tsegyalgar East, via podcasts, or a combination of these. Students taking the course remotely were encouraged to meet at their local centers to discuss these teachings together.
"Entering the Dharma"
(based on chapters 1 & 2)
*not all are "required" base practices
"Refuge and Bodhicitta" (based on chapters 3 & 4)
It's highly recommended that course participants, especially those who are new to studying "The Precious Vase," begin with Session I, which provides the foundation for subsequent material.
"The Views of the Nine Yanas" (based on chapter 5)
"The Practice of Meditation" (based on chapter 6)
"Conduct and Fruition" (based on chapters 7, 8 & 9)