NEW: MOTHER TANTRA
Chapter: Essence of Awareness (Yeshe Thigle)
Online Course: Three Weekends
December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 10 am-noon pacific time
Mother Tantra is an extensive collection of teachings from The Essence of Primordial Wisdom—a terma of teachings from Kuntuzangpo describing the great master Gyalshen Sam Leg from Odiyana and leader of human beings. This major Bön tantric teaching is comprised of three sections with multiple chapters, including Primordial Enlightenment, the Path of Manifest Aspect of Enlightenment, and the Fruit of Perfect Buddhahood.
Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will focus on the chapter of the Essence of Awareness, in which emptiness is introduced in unity with luminosity. It reveals the distinctions between our normal mind and rigpa. By cultivating the awareness of luminosity and basic nature as mother and child, mental suffering and emotional suffering are resolved. Among the myriad perceptions and appearances that arise, how does one determine the qualities of pure awareness? How does one attain the perception of ultimate realization? This teaching gives a comparison of the different views of attainment and directs one to the ultimate view.
The scope of some tantric teachings do not include the perfected view. For example, the view of some teachings on emptiness disregard luminosity, diminishing it’s meaning as a teaching. The scope of this teaching includes the focus on self-originated wisdom. It can open the door of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Through this key point, other forms of meditation disperse. As one practices and integrates the teaching into the holy result, many forms of conduct become rejected.
This teaching is very important for both Tantra and Dzogchen. The text contains an extensive anthology of the philosophic system, but teaches the essence of practice for the benefit of tantric practitioners. Everyone can benefit from this essential foundational text.
Recordings will be available for review for the duration of the course.
$120 – $60 Sliding Scale.
Mother Tantra Course-Full fee
Mother Tantra Registration-3 weekends-December2020
Mother Tantra-Reduced Fee/Fixed Income Registration
Reduced fee registration for Mother Tantra Course-December 2020, 3 weekends
Register online at: https://kunsanggarcenter.org/calendar/
Checks may be mailed by November 22nd to:
Kunsang Gar, PO Box 65,
Freedom, CA 95019
(please include email and phone number)
• Essence of Pure Dzogchen
• Method to realize single sphere
with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
ZOOM ONLINE: OCTOBER 2020
5 SATURDAYS 10 AM -12 PM PST
The Golden Turtle has great significance in the Bön Dzogchen Tradition. The turtle represents the rare, hidden quality of natural mind which abides in the deep expanse of the ocean; gold symbolizes the purest, highest-level quality as a most valuable treasure. It represents the highest quality, hidden nature of Natural Mind. A teaching of Drenpa Namkha, this quintessential terma gives a direct, easy method to develop the realization of the single sphere—a technique without dependence on sutra or tantra.
This text gives 30 different pointing out instructions, often called the30 seals. The major subjects revealed are:
• Introduction to Ultimate Nature
• Path and ground as not separate, creating a quick path to enlightenment
• How to differentiate between non-conceptual and conceptual
• Pure Dzogchen as an easy path to attain liberation
• Instruction on how to meditate in Pure Dzogchen, including at the practitioner level
• Recognizing the signs of meditation experiences and removing obstacles
• Encouraging your realization and experiences
• those who practice don’t need to worry about temporary mental conflicts or samsara
Buddha Tonpa Sherab taught this teachings in three versions: the first time it was taught, it was an extensive teaching given in the god realm; the second was given to humans and was a mid-level teaching; and the third time it was a summary teaching given in the Naga Realm. This teaching will be as that given to the practitioners of the god realm. It contains the essence of the Dzogchen teachings.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10 am – 12 pm Pacific
Zoom link will be sent upon receipt of registration.
Register online. Standard registration $90 for series; Fixed income $50 for series
Mail check by September 30th to : Kunsang Gar, PO Box 65, Freedom, CA 95019
Or register online below:
Golden Turtle Essence of Pure Dzogchen
5 Saturdays Online program October 3-31
Fixed Income/Reduced Fee
5 Saturdays Online program October 3-31
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The Dakini (or female) lineage of the Great Perfection i s
a compilation of 30 signs and meanings fr om w omen
across Central and Inner Asia who attained the Rainbow
Body of Light through Dzogchenpractice. Included is
the story of one of the Great Adepts, Chöza Bönmo. Learn
about these enlightened female practitioners: what each
learned , experienced and taught in order toinspir e and
encourage us to also realize pure wisdom and enlightened
In this teaching, Geshe Dangsong Namgyal will teach the root text of The 12 Unchangeable Points, guiding us through the complete outline and essence of the Natural Mind view and how to realize it in our daily lives.
Feb. 2-3, 2019
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm
Location: Corralitos Cultural Center
127 Hames Rd, Corralitos, CA
The Dakini (or female) lineage of the Great Perfection is a compilation of 30 signs and meanings from women across Central and Inner Asia who attained the Rainbow Body of Light through Dzogchen practice.
Included is the story of one of the Great Adepts, Chöza Bönmo.
Learn about these enlightened female practitioners: what each learned, experienced, and taught in order to inspire and encourage us to also realize pure wisdom and enlightened qualities.
Teaching in Tibetan by Geshe Dangsong Namgyal with English translation by David Molk.
Each day we will begin promptly at stated start times. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early in order to allow time for parking, to find a seat, and to settle the mind in preparation for this wonderful teaching.
For more information: KunsangGarCenter@gmail.com or phone 831-471-7883
Two-day Dakini Lineage Teaching
Soul Retrieval & Long-life Ceremony
May 18-19, 2019
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm
Ancient Tibetan Healing: In times of trauma, accidents, abuse, great stress or significant personal loss, one can lose part of your soul. Tibetan Soul Retrieval is a method for calling back and restoring that life force.
The ancient Tibetan Bön religion has many healing rituals. Among them is the ritual known as Lalu, Soul Retrieval & Long-Life Ceremony. It is performed for those whose life force has been diminished or damaged. 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. When problems are caused by external negative forces, this ceremony is performed. It reinforces the power of the five elements which are the foundation of our spirit or life force. 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.
Teaching and ceremony in English, with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal.
Location: Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz
740 Front St., Suite 155, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Each day we will begin promptly at stated start times. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early in order to allow time for parking, to find a seat, and to settle the mind in preparation for this exquisite practice.
Two-day Lalu teaching and ceremony. Advance registration strongly recommended.
Postponed until further notice:
Due to the hazardous levels of air quality in the East Bay following the devastating fire in Paradise, it was determined best to postpone the November 18th Pure Dzogchen event that had been scheduled at Dondrub Ling in Berkeley. Please check back on this page at a later date for updates.
November 18, 2018 2 -5 pm
Pure Dzogchen: Zhang Zhung Tradition
Location: Dondrub Ling, 2748 #D Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
Join Geshe Dangsong Namgyal for teaching, meditation, questions, answers and relaxation! Natural Mind meditation is from Dzogchen in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The qualities of Natural Mind are normally veiled by our conceptions. What Dzogchen teaches is that we already have a purity of Natural Mind and all of its qualities. It is said that Natural Mind is beyond mind and beyond description. It is the ultimate truth. 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 conceptual and emotional patterns and experience a spacious and vast view.
Suggested donation at the door: $20
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SPECIAL EVENT: SAND (Science And Nonduality) CONFERENCE
October 24th – October 28, 2018
Dolce Hayes Mansion
San Jose, CA
REGULAR MEETINGS – WEEKLY MEDITATION in CORRALITOS
Kunsag Gar Wisdom: The Six Lamps with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16
Teaching in Tibetan with translation by David Molk.
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Four Noble Truths
Saturday, May 12 9 am – 5 pm
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
Naga Healing Ceremony
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
10 am – (2-3 hr)
With Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
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
The 12 Links of Dependent Origination
Saturday, September 9th
9:00am-5:00pm at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St.,
The Galleria #155
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!”
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
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! https://santacruzmah.org/beyondborders
City parking lot locations: (OPEN UNTIL 7 PM)
Civic Plaza Parking Garage, 275 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076 (all day permits available for $5)
West Beach Street Parking Garage (1st block West of Main Street)
Full Naga Sand Mandala and Ritual Pre-Registration
Full Program (2 day) Registration (recommended)
One-Day Naga Sand Mandala and Ritual Registration
Registration for 1 day of program (only recommended if necessary)