Upcoming Special Event:
Soul Retrieval and Long-Life Ceremony

Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Odd Fellows Hall
, Sebastopol, CA

The ancient Tibetan Bön religion has many
healing rituals. Among them is the ritual known
as Lalu, the Soul Retrieval and Long-Life Ceremony. It is performed especially for those whose life force
 has been diminished or damaged, though all can benefit from this powerful practice.  In order to have a healthy life, inner life force, soul or La must be strong. Just as we catch all kind of diseases when our immunity is weak, we become vulnerable when our La is diminished. Soul Retrieval returns to us qualities and elements that have been separated from us. Through the use of prayer and ritual offerings, the external forces stop their harmful action.  At the request of his students, Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will perform this special two-day ceremony.

Space is limited; preregistration recommended.
Odd Fellows Hall
195 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Note: event is upstairs and is not wheelchair accessible. 
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, May 6 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Space limited; preregistration recommended.
Preregistration by April 30th: $125/Students and low income: $95
At the door: $155/$125

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To pre-register by mail, mail check to: Kunsang car, P.o. Box 65, Freedom, CA 95019

Must be postmarked by April 30th; include name, email, and phone number.For more information please call 831.471.7883 or email


Thursdays, 7 pm: Natural Mind Dzogchen Meditation — Kunsang Gar Wisdom program. Join Geshe Dangsong Namgyal for classes for Tibetan Dzogchen practice. At the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St., The Galleria #155, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Saturdays, 10 am: Natural Mind Meditation and teaching. Join Geshe Dangsong Namgyal for classes for Tibetan Dzogchen practice. At the Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos.

See calendar below for schedule changes, updates and special events.
Scroll down for details about special events and to register.


Saturday, April 7th, 2018
9 am-5 pm

“The basis of all is pristine Self-Awareness.”
In this teaching, Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will
teach the root text of The Changeless 12 Sentences, guiding
us through the complete outline and essence of the Bön
Dzogchen view and how to realize it in our daily lives.

Kunsang Gar Event. Saturday, April 7th, 2018
9 am-5 pm



The Dzogchen teaching directly introduces Dharmakaya
or primordial Buddhahood. This is attained by means of
one practice: single-pointed meditation on the Natural
Mind. The meditator passes beyond mind and encounters
the inconceivable vastness of the natural mind and
ultimate truth. All delusions, ignorance and emotions
are liberated. Freeing the practititioner from daily
problems is of benefit; however, Dzogchen, the path
of liberation, is the ultimate benefit.
This compilation of Geshe Namgyal’s teachings provides
the root, summary and essential points of the Pure
Dzogchen from the Zhang Zhung Tradition.

“In addition to being an accomplished yogi, scholar, and teacher, Geshe
Namgyal brings a warmth, humility, and approachability to his teachings which seems rare. There is a quality of openness, intimacy, and depth, that I personally have felt during every teaching.” —Michael R.


Happy New Year!

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will return from his winter travels at the end of January.
Both the Corralitos and Wisdom Center
meditation meetings will resume starting
Saturday, February 3rd.

LOSAR!  February 16th 2018
Tibetan Sang Offering Ceremonydog

Join Geshe Dangsong Namgyal in celebrating the Tibetan New Year, with a traditionalTibetan Sang or Smoke Offering.  The practice of Losar predates the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet, and has its roots in the winter incense-burning festival of the Bon religion. It’s 2145 in the Tibetan calendar, the year of the Fire Dog, which represents loyalty, protection, and friendship. This offering is for healing of negative energies and clearing obstacles in the new year. May all Beings benefit! Pot luck to follow.

Death Yoga Teaching & Meditation
for the Time of Death

February 17-18, 2018


Geshe Dansong Namgyal will provide teachings on a powerful practice for the time of dying, the period of transition (the Bardo) and the transference of consciousness (Phowa).

Our human life is precious. It is brief and it can be cut short by accident or calamity at any time. This past year we have seen many natural disasters, disease, mechanical failures, and so forth; they strike at any time and no one is assured of escape. It is best to be prepared.

When consciousness leaves the body, it is like a person losing their home. Our consciousness remains very active, but can be affected with fear and much suffering. Upon developing a Bardo practice, we train to overcome confusion, doubt and fear as they occur.

Understanding the stages of the Bardo along with Phowa meditation prepares us, step by step, for the dissolution of the elements of the body during death.

By maintaining a meditative state at this time, one can attain liberation or a good rebirth. If a person has created negative karma, the causes for an inauspicious rebirth are applied. Phowa practice, however, helps to protect one from such a rebirth and can lead to a wonderful experience and a chance to take rebirth in special pure lands. Many phowa teachings say that this yoga acts as an escort taking you to abodes of bliss, or Buddhahood.

Therefore, Geshe Namgyal includes this two-day teaching as part of the Kunsang Gar Wisdom program. This is a teaching within the Dzogchen perpective from the Bön Shardza lineage.

Saturday, February 17:  9:00am-12:00pm, with a break for lunch and reflection, then resuming 2:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday, February 18: 9:00am-12:00pm, with a break for lunch and reflection, then resuming 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, The Galleria #155 (behind Mobo Sushi) 740 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Registration: $90

Checks should be made out to Kunsang Gar Center, and mailed to:
Kunsang Gar
P.O. Box 65
Freedom, CA 95019 Please be sure to include your name and contact information if different
from what appears on the check. To ensure your registration arrives prior to the event, please mail at least 5 days prior.
For questions or special accommodation, email
or call (831) 471-7883

Naga Healing Ceremony
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
10 am – (2-3 hr)
With Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

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In the Bön tradition, a balanced relationship between humanity and nature is valued and essential. Spirits, some of which are called nagas, dwell on the water and the land and protect the earth. In recent times, it has become more important for humankind to recover the principle of harmony central to Shamanism in order to repair the damage done to the Earth, as well as to save people and Nature from negativity and illness. Because of the recent alarming increase in pollution and exploitation of the environment, along with the consequential negative ramifications, such as the emergence of new illnesses, this fire ceremony-smoke offering is for healing of negative energies and obstacle energies.
Cost:     Free; donation suggested to the lama.
Location:    Twin Lakes State Beach, 7th and East Cliff, Santa Cruz
Info: or call 831-471-7883
Be prepared for the weather:  bring water, chair, hat, umbrella, etc.

Donation to the lama appreciated.

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November 4th & 5th
Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm
Geshe Nyima Kunchap and Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
With English translation by David Molk

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Soul retrieval practice with long life ritual is for the retrieval of soul energy. This is especially indicated for healing one’s vital energy and to help persons with long lasting sicknesses, or who are faced with a sudden dangerous situation. This sacred service works with the la (soul), yid (mind), and sem (thinking mind). When a living person’s soul is lost, shattered, or disordered, there are practices to recall and reinforce its energy, such as soul retrieval.

Location: The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St., The Galleria #155, Santa Cruz, CA

The 12 Links of Dependent Origination
Saturday, September 9th

9:00am-5:00pm at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St.,
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Interdependent origination explains the world as we experience it. Even though we understand that we have pure nature, our everyday experience of the inner self and the outer world of phenomena is experienced as a relative universe, as a process of interdependent origination. The twelve links examine and explain the arising of human phenomena and perceptions. This teaching follows that of Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Losang Tsering, previous abbot of Sera Je monastery.
Registration: $50/ $25 low income

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Register by Mail
Checks should be made out to Kunsang Gar Center, and mailed to:
Kunsang Gar
P.O. Box 65
Freedom, CA 95019
Please be sure to include your name and contact information if different
from what appears on the check. To ensure your registration arrives prior to the event, please mail at least 5 days prior.

For questions or special accommodation, email or call (831) 471-7883

Saturday, July 22: The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
One day teaching with Geshe Namgyal as conveyed by the Venerable Chodon Rinpoche. This teaching is appropriate for experienced as well as beginning practitioners. David Molk will translate into English. 9:00am-5:00pm at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St., The Galleria #155

The Heart of Wisdom Sutra, also known simply as the Heart Sutra, is one of the most well-known and often recited of the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. At its conclusion, the sutra presents the mantra “gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi soha!” Loosely translated, the mantra means “gone, gone, utterly gone to the far shore, gone completely, the awakened mind!”

Sanskrit manuscript of the Heart Sūtra (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

An extract of the Heart of Wisdom Sutra, as translated by Thubten Chodron:

“…Then, Venerable Shariputra said to Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, “How should a child of the lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom?”
Thus he spoke, and  Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, replied to Venerable Shariputra as follows:

“Shariputra, whatever son or daughter of the lineage wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom should look perfectly like this: subsequently looking perfectly and correctly at the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates also.”

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty. Shariputra, like this all phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do not cease. They have no defilement and no separation from defilement. They have no decrease and no increase.”

Thursday, July 6, 2017  6 pm: HH Dalai Lama 82 Birthday Celebration
Please join Geshe Namgyal and Kunsang Gar for a short offering ceremony, long-life prayer dedicated to the Dalai Lama and a short talk touching on His Holiness’ three main commitments. Refreshments to follow. FREE at the Wisdom Center.May 13-14, 2017

The 21 Seals, with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
David Molk, translator 100_buddhas

Dzogchen is a Tibetan word that means Great Perfection. It refers to a method of meditative practice that enables us to recognize our true nature. Ultimately, great perfection is our very nature: the natural, primordially pure nature of mind.

The essential Bön teaching of the 21 Seals is a text consisting of 21 small chapters, pointing out the entire path of Dzogchen. This text contains instruction for cutting through our thoughts, called Trekchö. In addition, instructions on Thögel teach the practitioner how to work directly with the clear light that dwells inherently, that is “spontaneously present,” within all phenomena. These teachings belong to the 4th innermost secret (yang gsang) section of the root of Zhangzhung Nyengyü. Each seal describes this natural state from a different point of view. The views are called “nails” or “seals” because they stabilize the experiential understanding of the natural state.

Location: The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St. Ste. 155
Santa Cruz, CA

April 21, 2017
Tibetan Calligraphy Demonstration by Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
and DIY Prayer Flags at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH)

Kunsang Gar is delighted to be participating in the Beyond Borders 3rd Friday event at the MAH. Come and see Geshe Dangsong demonstrate beautiful and elegant Tibetan calligraphy, learn about prayer flags in the Tibetan Bon tradition, and make your own prayer flags at out interactive table!

April 8th and 9th
A two-day special teaching with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Audio Dharma Lullaby (om ah hung): Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Om Ah Hung mantra
It is said that the practice of dream yoga deepens our awareness during all our various experiences-the  dreams of the night, the dream-like experience of the waking life, and the bardo experience after death. Like lucid dreaming, dream yoga is a practice of maintaining consciousness during sleep, but with the intention of becoming “awake” to all illusory states.

“Just as dream objects can be transformed in dreams, so emotional states and conceptual limitations can be transformed in waking life. With experience of the dreamy and malleable nature of experience, we can transform depression into happiness, fear into courage, anger into love, hopelessness into faith, distraction into presence. … Challenge the boundaries that constrict you. The purpose of these practices is to integrate lucidity and flexibility with every moment of life and to let go of the heavily conditioned way we have of ordering reality, of making meaning, of being trapped in delusion.” – Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche

This teaching is designed for those just beginning the practice as well as more experienced practitioners. Instruction will be given in the “four preparations” for sleep as well as methods of lucid dreaming and clear light practices of sleep yoga.

Location: Meeting Hall at Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave.,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Date/Time: April 8th & 9th, 2017; 9am-5pm both days

Friday, April 7th,  7 pm
Tibetan master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will talk about his new book, The True Source of Healing.  The talk will be free and take place at the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz.

Learn how to integrate traditional Tibetan practices of soul retrieval into daily life and how to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and community. Through connecting with the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space, we have the potential to transform everything in our lives: to find joy, re-energize relationships, feel more connected and productive at work, dissolve physical pain, and bring more happiness and well-being to others. The practices provide much-needed insights and tools for our hectic, fast-paced lives.

Given in conjunction with 2-day teaching Dream Yoga on April 8-9, 2017 by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in partnership with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal.

February 27, 2017
Losar 2017 – Year of the Female Firebird

firebirdHelp clear the air of misfortune by participating in a traditional
Sang (smoke) Offering for the Tibetan New Year! Heart Sutra and Long Life prayer for all of us. Join Geshe Dangsong Namgyal for this ceremony to draw blessings and bring the world into greater balance.
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2017

Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free; dana gratefully accepted
Location: Twin Lakes State Beach
7th and East Cliff, Santa Cruz
Info: or call 831-471-7883
Bring: Good intentions and positive thoughts for an auspicious beginning of the New Year!