Monday, December 19, 2016

New Year's Retreat - Chod and Vajra Dance

Starts in the evening of December 30th at 7pm
Come to get settled in the afternoon if possible!

Two Sacred Trees - Tsegyalgar East and West

Fire on the Mountain: David Leskowitz 

on the Sacred Trees of Tsegyalgar West and East

I first visited Tsegyalgar East in 2005 when I first met Rinpoche, but I did not visit 
Khandroling at that time. Only after Emily and I stayed in Baja, at Tsegyalgar West in 2014 
for a few months, did we venture to the Land of Dakinis.

At the Baja Gar, what the geko referred to as the Mother Tree, an ancient white ficus, 
guards a stone portal to the Naga realm (or so some have dreamed). At least, she 
provides the land and its visitors with a central place for a shrine where we can make 
offerings of sang and serkyem to the dozens of realms seen and unseen.

These unique Zalate trees are native to Baja California, and feed off the fungus covering 
he black stones they sprout from. The white bark that seems to have melted like wax 
poured from above, provides only a thin, papery skin for these venerable grandmothers. 
Yet somehow they endure through hurricanes and rough weather for centuries, covering 
their home-stones with vast root systems.

When we first saw Khandroling at the inauguration of the Vajra Hall in 2015 we were drawn, 
like most visitors are, to the Silver Birch cluster where, through even more papery-thin bark, 
our Rinpoche has carved a venerable symbol of his Vast and Luminous lineage. The parallel 
hit us both immediately, that an ancient stone hearth with guardian white tree marks the portals 
found at both of our Sangha’s sacred lands.

--David Leskowitz

Friday, December 9, 2016

Join us for December Retreats 2016

You are warmly welcome to participate in any of the Holiday Retreats!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Elias Capriles - Events in November

Elias Capriles
November 21, 2016 Public Talk
San Jose del Cabo, BCS
“Buddhism, Dzogchen and Transmission” 
“Budismo, Dzogchén y e sentido de la Transmisión”
Place and Time 

Buddhism and Dzogchen:
The Innermost Essence
of the Buddhist Teachings

con Elias Capriles
November 22, 2016 Public Talk 7 p.m.
Quatro Vientos en Todos Santos
Dzogchen explained in the context of the most basic and universal of all Buddhist teachings, which is that of the Four Noble Truths —among which the Fourth, rather than being explained in terms of the Eightfold Noble Path, will be explained in terms of the Three Paths of Liberation. Afternoon talk

Budismo y Dzogchén:
La Quintesencia de las Enseñanzas Budistas

con Elias Capriles

Lectura 7 pm
Quatro Vientos en Todos Santos
Noviembre 22, 2016
El Dzogchén explicado en el contexto de la enseñanza más básica y universal del budismo, que es la de las Cuatro Nobles Verdades —entre las cuales la cuarta, en vez de explicarse en términos del Óctuple Noble Sendero, se explicará en términos de los Tres Senderos de Liberación.

November 23rd 2016, WWT 
Anniversary of Azom Drugpa
Quatro Vientos en Todos Santos
Explanation and Transmission via live web-cast 
Practitioners of the world wide community join together to receive the Dzogchen transmission from Namkhai Norbu Rimpoche. Open to all who are sincerely interested in the ancient knowledge of the  Dzogchen Tradition.

Retreats at Tsegyalgar West

Nov 24- 25, 2016 

The Whole of Dzogchen in the Base of Santi Maha Sangha 
con Elias Capriles
La Totalidad del Dzogchén en la Base del Santi Maha Sangha
The retreat is for both new people and experienced practitioners

November 25 to 27, 2016 

Weekend Rushen Retreat
con Elias Capriles

Semzins and Ruxen, Outer Ruxen afternoon practice in the arroyos

An extraordinary opportunity !

Elías Capriles is a Santi Maha Sangha Teacher appointed by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, whom he met in 1977 in Boudhanath. He practiced Dzogchen in retreats on the Himalayas between 1977 and the end of 1982, after receiving Tregs chod instructions from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Dungse Thinle Norbu Rinpoche. He also received teachings and transmissions from H.H. Dilgo Khyentse, Dodrub Chen Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche and Pema Norbu Rimpoche.  He is retired from the Chair of Eastern Studies at the University of The Andes, Mérida, Venezuela, where he taught Philosophy, Buddhism, Asian Religions, Globalization and Asian Aesthetics and Arts. 

NUEVO GAYKIL en Tsegyalgar West October 2016

en Tsegyalgar West

Rinpoche ha ratificado el nuevo Gakyil de TW

Azul: Lizabeth Morrell 
Rojo: Lachlan Elting 
Amarillo: Giorgio Minuzzo 
Geko: Lol Kane

Colaboradores: Viviana Elting actuará como Asistente del Gakyil Rojo. Greg Johnson colaborará con Giorgio, como Asistente del Gakyil Amarillo. Verónica Torres ha sido nombrada Auxiliar del Gakyil Azul y, puesto que ella es residente en la zona, también actuará como Asistente del Geko. Giorgio Minuzzo coordinará los trabajos del Gakyil como director. Rinpoche ha reiterado que TW debe convertirse en el centro internacional para retiros individuales para la Comunidad Dzogchen en todo el mundo. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer at Tsegyalgar West

Ripe Mangos
Summer at Tsegyalgar West, Baja California Sur, Mexico

July 2016        
Dear Vajra brothers and sisters,    
We know you’d like to visit Tsegyalgar West at some point in your life for a retreat.    If you have the chance during the year ahead and would like to do some physical work, you are most welcome to come to our Karma Yoga retreats here at the Gar.   We will be doing several projects in the next month and have our main work period start from October at the end of the rainy season through April of next year.

If you come now, you need to be in good condition to work in a more relaxed way in the heat.  From October on, the temperatures start to go down and the environment is much more temperate and green in this most popular time of year.

Work planned is for ordinary and special maintenance to the main infrastructure (water system, Gompa, kitchen, casitas, fencing, trails, gardens, etc).  If you have some expertise you are extremely welcome, if not, this is your chance also to develop some manual skills!

Lodging is offered by the Gar. You will be given a safety orientation. There is time each day to practice and enjoy the spectacular beauty and profound blessings of this retreat center in the natural tropical desert wilderness.

If you cannot join us in person to participate because: (1) Physically you cannot do physical work (2) You simply prefer to do other kind of activities, but you would like to participate in some way, please help with a donation to cover some of these expenses. Current work projects for June-August being done include:

-       water proofing of 20 casitas; $180 usd for each casitas, 6 are now completed.
-       repair the fencing of the main area of the Gar; $120 usd to make a piece of new fence close to the Gonpa, $600 usd for the material to repair the existing fencing of the main area  
-       rehabilitation the area of the water spring (the Mango trees area) ; $600 usd to make a new metallic cover to the water spring,  $120 usd for changing the old pipes of the water spring
-       preparation of road and trails for the raining season.   $250 usd for tools and material for basic maintenance
-       gardening and landscaping .  $200 usd for buying plants and trees to plant around the Gompa and maintain the garden area
-       Cooking and practice
-       Summer repairs total funding needed: $4,400
These are our summer projects on the land and we invite your generosity and request support now, before we start our upcoming retreat program,  and a fabulous ‘Adopt A Casita’ project ahead for creating retreat opportunities and upgrading our casitas this coming season!

 Please do go to our website at and use the link to donate any amount directly by paypal or credit card. If preferred, you can donate with a money transfer to Wells Fargo Bank A​cct #  1690730070. For wire transfers, use the routing number 121000248 for domestic wires and the SWIFT code WFBIUS6S for international wires. Please send your name, address and the place where you are a DCC member for keeping records of your donation at the Gar.  Donation should specify “TW Karma Yoga 2016”. All donations are tax deductible, please send letter of request for receipt.

We hope to see you at the Gar for individual or group retreats ahead, where we will show where your donation has been employed. To see our upcoming Retreat program schedule go to:

For information: Giorgio Minuzzo, or

With deep gratitude & looking forward to being together at the Gar!!!!!

Tsegyalgar West gakyil

Friday, June 10, 2016

Global Collective Practices

Dear all Dzogchen Community,

Opportunities to participate in our global collective practices.
Uniting our strength in this way brings enormous benefits, there is no doubt!

Since May 2012, each full moon (when there’s no webcast with Rinpoche) we are organising a Mandarava Ganapuja dedicated to the health and long life of our Master.

Currently, each month, we are also organising a practice for giving support to the development of Dzamling Gar, which is one of the most important projects of our Master. 

Eventually, we want to keep organising Guru Dragphur global chains with the intention of controlling the many negativities which continually arise in our world.

The next planned practices are:

June 14th - Jigme Lingpa Ganapuja global chain 24 hours
June 20th - Mandarava Ganapuja webcast at 19:30h (GMT+3)
July 10th - Wözer Chenma 
July 19th - Mandarava Ganapuja (webcast)
August 2nd - Jigme Lingpa Ganapuja 
August 6th - Guru Dragphur global chain 24 hours
August 18th - Mandarava Ganapuja (webcast)

We look forward to meeting you in the space and time of the practice!
Long life To Rinpoche !