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Date: February 18th-19th, 2019.

Mandarava & Tsalung Practice Retreat

Closed webcast from Dzamling Gar -  Tenerife, Spain

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MANDARAVA & TSALUNG Practice Retreat 2019

from Dzamling Gar, Tenerife

all times are [gmt+0:00] Canary Islands Time 

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18th Feb, Monday
10:00 - 12:00 Long Practice of Mandarava, chulen, sogthig and practice of all tsalung
16:00 - 17:30 Clarifications on the Practices of the Tsalung of Mandarava

18th February, Monday 10pm (ET) -  19th February, Tuesday at 3 AM (GMT) 
Reminder: Guruyoga practice on the Anniversary of Guru Garab Dorje - 

This will be a collective practice and to take part you should have received the transmission of Guruyoga from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

We will follow the text of the practice that we normally use for the Anniversary of Guru Garab Dorje without the part of direct introduction from the Master.

If you need to remind the visualization, you can find the explanation in this text:

There will be no further explanations given at 3 AM.

We invite Dzogchen Community members worldwide to join us through webcast - the same page as for other sessions of this retreat.

19th Feb, Tuesday
3:00 Anniversary of Garab Dorje (using that practice as Guruyoga)
10:00 - 12:00 Long Practice of Mandarava with Ganapuja, Chulen Sogthig and Tsalung, with the Vajra Dance.


Please contact your local Gar or Ling to renew your membership for the current year!

It’s easy to mistake official membership in The International Dzogchen Community as something separate from the View, Meditation, and Behavior of a Spiritual Teaching like Dzogchen itself; after all, many students are attracted to Rinpoche because he offers something so direct and close to the essence, free from the limitations of conventional institutions that often seem to dilute people’s access to The Dharma in so many societies around the world. Seeing Membership as this “thing” apart from what our Teacher transmits makes it appear like an unnecessary formal obligation, a burden imposed by just another bureaucracy going in the opposite direction of what the Teaching is all about, right?

Actually, wrong. The Membership is actually a fully integrated part of the View, Meditation, and Behavior of what Rinpoche has dedicated his life to upholding in the best way possible. Seeing ourselves as an interdependent part of the greater whole, our Sangha, is a perfect manifestation of that reality. Membership is our personal contribution—participating with our body, speech, and mind—to the continuation of the Teaching. It's not a number, or a passport, or a card, that lets us do stuff like Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, Khaita or other courses, or Retreats with Rinpoche (of course many of those are now offered on the donation basis of Generosity). It’s how we support Rinpoche’s vision for the world he has created, and how we become active participants and co-creators building that world. Do we want that world to continue to thrive and grow, develop and support itself into the future? Membership is an expression of that aspiration. Everybody everywhere is conditioned by their own situation, and prefers to do different secondary practices at different times, but the practice of Guru Yoga is truly what we all share all the time. Similarly, everybody contributes to The Community in their own unique ways, big and small, in whatever works for them in their own circumstances, but Membership is what we can all do to uphold what Rinpoche has given to our lives. And allow others to receive that benefit. Never forcing.

Renewing and maintaining our Membership is a function of our correct understanding of The View, Meditation, and Behavior of Rinpoche’s Teaching. We are individual students who make up The Sangha of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and this is a concrete expression our knowledge and our commitment.

Thank You for Your Participation
With love Yours
International Gakyil