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SPECIAL EVENT: SAND (Science And Nonduality) CONFERENCE
October 24th – October 28, 2018Screen Shot 2018-10-07 at 8.34.08 AM
Dolce Hayes Mansion
San Jose, CA

Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will be a speaker at the SAND Conference on October 27th at 3:30PM. Please visit the SAND website for full schedule.

REGULAR MEETINGS – WEEKLY MEDITATION in CORRALITOS 

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. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

Teachings and Events in 2019 – please check here in December for more details

    • Khandro Teaching:  February 2nd and 3rd, Corralitos Cultural Center
    • Soul Retrieval: Dates TBD, Santa Cruz area

PAST EVENTS


Kunsag Gar Wisdom: The Six Lamps with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Saturday and Sunday, September 15
 & 16
Teaching in Tibetan with translation by David Molk.buddha-rigpa

This traditionally secret oral transmission is one of the most important of Bon Dzogchen. Over the weekend participants will learn special meditation practices that help us discriminate between ordinary mind and luminous wisdom mind. The purpose of this practice is to cultivate inner self awareness and luminosity. Through the practice of the Six Lamps teaching, these qualities emerge very quickly.  Ordinary appearances return back to the source and dispel problems. This two-part teaching is offered as part of the Quintessential Wisdom series of the Kunsang Gar Wisdom Program.

September 15, 9am-5pm
September 16, 9am-4pm
Location: The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St., The Galleria #155, Santa Cruz, CA

 

Kunsang Gar Wisdom: Dream Yoga with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Saturday, August 11sleeping_buddha

Dream yoga trains us to recognize that all appearances are the same as illusion and are pervaded by emptiness. Taught in the traditional manner, the basic condition of dreams, including signs of positive and negative dreams, will be discussed. This one day Dream Yoga class is offered as part of the Mental Development series of the Kunsang Gar Wisdom Program.

9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St., The Galleria #155, Santa Cruz, CA

Pure Dzogchen Book Signing with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

Friday, Aug 3
East West Bookshop, Mountain View, CA    7:30pm

Free of charge. To reserve a ticket call 650-988-9800 EXT 306 or email events2@eastwestbooks.org     Also, see workshop on August 4

Saturday, August 4
Workshop: Natural Mind Meditation in Dzogchen

Saturday Aug 4
East West Bookshop, Mountain View, CA       2:00PM-5:00pm
Dzogchen teaches that we already have a purity of Natural Mind and all of its qualities. Natural Mind is said to be beyond mind and beyond description. It is compared to the inconceivable vastness of space, with luminosity and clarity, and a depth of wisdom. With this meditation we can see through conceptional and emotional patterns and experience a bigger, more open view. Whether you are an experienced meditator or you are curious and wish to learn about this form of meditation, join Geshe Namgyal for lecture, meditation and discussion. 

$30 advance purchase thru August 3
$40 at the door

All ticket sales for this event are managed by East West Bookshop

For more information contact:
East West Bookshop
324 Castro Street
Mountain View CA, 94041
650-988-9800 EXT 306
events2@eastwestbooks.org
http://www.eastwestbooks.org

Naga Ritual Smoke Offering
Monday, May 28th, 2018

Location: 170 Hagemann Ave.
10 am~1:00 (2-3 hr)

According to ancient Tibetan tradition, a balanced relationship between humanity and nature is 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.
Potluck to follow; please bring something to share.

Cost: Free; donation suggested to the lama.
Be prepared for the weather: bring water, chair, hat, umbrella, etc.
Info: call 831-471-7883

Special Teaching: Heart Drops of Dharmakaya
June 23, 2018
Enfield, Connecticut

This precious teaching will be presented by Geshe Dangsong Namgyal and Geshe Takla Tarwa. The text, by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is a practical instructional text which cuts to the heart of Dzogchen meditation. Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen was a famous Bonpo master who attained the rainbow body. The practice of Trekcho will be covered.

Holiday Inn Springfield South/Enfield
One Bright Meadow Blvd.
Enfield, CT 06082

(13 miles north of Bradley International Airport – free shuttle service to/from Hotel)

For more information & registration, contact: cheribrady@aol.com

The Four Noble Truths
Saturday, May 12   9 am – 5 pm

Kunsang Gar presents
The Four Noble Truths
with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

The first teaching given by the Buddha was to five monks in deer park. The Buddha spoke of the Four Noble Truths he had discovered while gaining enlightenment. It was the Buddha’s first awareness that life brings with it illness, aging, misery and death that
led him to search for a deeper understanding of how we live, and ways to end suffering.
These four truths explain the key Buddhist steps in understanding the truth about life, the reasons behind those truths, the possibility of change and the way of
living that can lead to a life free of suffering.
Location: Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz  Date/Time: Saturday, May 12; 9 am-noon, 2-5 pm
Registration: $60; $30 low income.

The Changeless 12 Sentences

Registration: $90

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


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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

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


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!”

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


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)
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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! https://santacruzmah.org/beyondborders
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April 8th and 9th
DREAM YOGA:
AWAKENING WITH THE CLEAR LIGHT OF AWARENESS
A two-day special teaching with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

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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.

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: kunsanggarcenter@gmail.com or call 831-471-7883
Bring: Good intentions and positive thoughts for an auspicious beginning of the New Year!