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

Past Events

Thursday, July 6, 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.

Registration: $90
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Low income/student registration: $50
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Location: The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St. Ste. 155
Santa Cruz, CA

To 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.

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!