Kunsang Gar’s aspiration is to promote the study and practice of Natural Mind Meditation (Dzog-chen) in the ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, in order to support and encourage the development of spiritual community based upon the wisdom teachings and practices.
Kunsang Gar means ever excellent, all-good, complete in all parts, perfect and always positive. Kunsang stands for goodness to all, everywhere, at all times and in all circumstances. Gar means camp or place.
What We Do
Our group’s main practice is Natural Mind meditation. We also practice Calm Abiding Meditation. With a calm mind, we can more easily meditate on the Natural Mind. Meditation on the Natural Mind leads to self-liberation. It transforms ignorance and delusion on the quick path to Enlightenment. We also practice Tibetan Tantric Yoga exercises as preliminaries to meditation.Supportive teachings include Sutra (teachings of the Buddha), healing Tantric practices (ritual, mantra, Yidam), Buddhist Psychology, Loving Kindness and Compassion, Mindfulness, and Mind Training.
Through many centuries, Tibetan and Himalayan people have developed powerful and effective practices and rituals to allay the effects of living in a harsh environment. In addition, meditators of great ability received teachings and transmissions for healing daily as well as ultimate issues. Many of these ancient wisdom rituals are of great benefit to the environment and inhabitants. They include smoke and water offerings, water purification, soul retrieval, and many other ceremonies.
Kunsang Gar Wisdom Program
Kunsang Gar Wisdom Program incorporates three aspects of study to facilitate realization of the Natural Mind: Foundational Wisdom, Wisdom of Mental Development and Quintessential Wisdom. The sources of the Wisdom taught are Tibetan Buddhist teachings practiced by people ancient times to present day. The body of these teachings come from the nine vehicles of Bon Zhang Zhung, the ancient knowledge of Tibet taught by its founder Shenrab Miwo. Additional core teachings are from the teachings of Buddhism’s founder Shakyamuni Buddha, and its scriptural tradition of commentaries by the masters of Nalanda Monastery that spread throughout Tibet.
Although these two scriptural traditions have different histories, the subject matter of both is included in the three categories of Kunsang Gar Wisdom. This is in alignment with the historic Rime tradition of masters such as Vairochana and Tenpa Namkah of the 8th Century and Lachen Gongpa Rabsel in the 11th Centur. among others. More recently, these teachings are within the tradition of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Kunsang Gar’s Spiritual Director, Geshe Dangsong Namgyal, is a Buddhist teacher, scholar, author, and meditation master. As a Rimé teacher, he embraces all the traditions and schools of Bön and Tibetan Buddhism.
Growing up assisting his father in performing spiritual and healing rituals for his region of Tibet, he entered the monastery and later travelled to India and Nepal, studying with some of the foremost masters of our time. His 25 years of meditation and study have developed in him an extraordinary depth of knowledge through which he conveys essential teachings and meaning of Dzogchen in particular, and Tibetan Buddhism in general.
Weekly Meditation with Geshe Namgyal
Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am
Corralitos Cultural Center
127 Hames Road
Corralitos, California 95076
Donations are gratefully accepted.
Please check our Calendar for our current schedule of meetings and other events.