Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chef Monica Patino - Workshop to Benefit TW - December 28th!

Please join us for this great opportunity for a one day Cooking Class with Chef Monico Patino!  This will be during the holiday retreat time in the Tsegylagar West kitchen, San Jose del Cabo. 

Please email for more information or registration:

Dzogchen Community members receive 50% discount, or are welcome volunteer hours and skills to help the Holiday Retreat staff in exchange for tuition.

Bio en Español 

Su carrera comenzó con prácticas profesionales en La Hacienda de los Morales. La teoría vino más tarde como alumna de L´Ecole de Cuisine de la Varenne, en París.

En 1978 abre las puertas del que fuera su primer restaurante “La Taberna del León”, ubicado en Valle de Bravo, Edo. de México. Realizando el desarrollo del concepto e implantación de menús y recetas

Imparte cursos de cocina internacional de igual manera en Valle de Bravo.

Participó en la apertura del restaurante La Galvia, en donde diseñó el concepto y menú; en los años siguientes continuó como chef y asesora de su cocina.

Hace 11 años junto con la inauguración de Plaza Loreto, Mónica Patiño se instaló en la casona que se ubica en el centro de la antigua fábrica de Loreto y Peña Pobre, bautizando al lugar con el mismo nombre de su primera incursión restaurantera, 15 años antes en Valle de Bravo; La Taberna del León.

Años más tarde abrió Bolívar 12, con un concepto basado en recetas de cocina mexicana  con influencia cubana.

Ha participado en diversos festivales gastronómicos en Portugal e Inglaterra representando a México.

Mónica Patiño ha dedicado su tiempo a consolidar la cocina de La Taberna del León, durante los últimos años.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Retreatat Tsegyalgar West

Receiving the New Year

Holiday Retreat at Tsegyalgar West

December 20 to January 3, 2014

Take time for relaxation and reflection as we bring in a New Year. The retreat land is green and full of life. Come to celebrate together with an opportunity to practice in such a beautiful wild place. We added one day workshops this year!

Retreat Activities and Information

Choose retreat activities such as:
  • Vajra Dance and Yantra Yoga
  • Personal Retreat Time
  • Group Dzogchen Principal Practices
  • (Ganapuja days, Monlam, Chod, and Mandarava)
Enjoyable one day workshops:
Invite your freinds who may be curious and want to come up to the center!
  • YOGA of the VOICE with Silvia Nakkach - The Experience of Outer -Inner – Secret Sound 
  • NATURAL COOKING with Monica Patino - A day in the kithcen with Chef Monica. All ingredients, food and drinks included. 
Also time for:
  • Hiking
  • Stargazing
  • Exploring
  • Camping
  • Garden
  • Cool Springs
  • Evening Fires
  • Tibetan Song and Dances
Retreat Costs
Retreat is by donation/dana. (Without a guest teacher).
Food plan $20 usd per day for three nutritious meals. 
(Separate charge for single meals. $8 breakfast $12 Lunch or dinner)
*Lodging costs discounted 50% !
(Choose from: private casita $20/day, shared $10/day, dorm or camping $5/day usd)
*Volunteers are given free camping throughout the retreat, please come a day early to help set up.
Note about Dana: 
Suggested donation $10 – 20 per day. No one turned away for lack of funds. ‘Dana’ is important to help with costs of upkeep, salaries, utilities and maintenance. We need your support for the everyday running of the gar, to maintain this special place of refuge. Thank you for your generosity!
Schedule Details
Alfonso Monfort, as well other older Dzogchen Community members’s will lead various practices each day, with ample time for the rest and relaxation that we all need. We will also have some fun days( a group picnic at the beach, etc…) and ‘One Day Workshops’ that are open to the public. You are very welcome to participate in these opportunities to learn from some very talented people in the DZ Community!

For more information, contact the Secretary at

Yantra Yoga in BCS - December 2013

Josephnia will be at the Holiday retreat to teach and practice!
She is also giving an introductory course near Todos Santos.
 December 22nd at  "Baja Zen Yoga"at Cerrittos.

Yoga of the Voice - December 23rd 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Save the Dates! Holiday Retreat - Two Weeks of events in December 2013

 Come for some or all of the Holiday Retreat in the mountains of San Jose del Cabo. 
The Sierra Laguna's are so green and beautiful and the weather quite nice this time of year! 
We will post a schedule soon of days for different practices or workshops. 
Many auspicious wishes to all!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Retreat starts soon! Español Version

Taking time to learn and practice helps evolve ones spiritual dimension.

Sign up and more info at: 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Elio Guariso - Outer Rushen and Mandarava! OCT 30, 2013

Retreat with Elio Guarisco on Outer Rushen and

Mandarava Long Life Practice

October 30 - November 4

We are pleased to host a wonderful Dzogchen Instructor at Tsegyalgar West, our secluded retreat center in the San Jose del Cabo mountains. Rushen or Korde Rushen (Tib.) means “Separating Samsara from Nirvana” i.e., distinguishing our natural state from the neurotic and dualistic states of mind that stem from conditioning habits. Outer Rushen —a unique method of the Dzogchen teaching—is one of the best way to experience one’s natural state of self-perfection. Elio will also teach the Mandarava Long Life practice, a terma of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Yantra yoga sessions and Vajra dance will also be available. There will be two sessions of teaching a day with ample opportunity to practice.

About Elio Guarisco
Elio Guarisco grew up in Northern Italy, received a M.A in Art, and travelled to India to study Buddhism.  He spent ten years in Switzerland, studying Tibetan and deepening his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. At the invitation of the late Kalu Rinpoche, Elio spent another 20 years in India working on theEncyclopedia of Indo-Tibetan Knowledge (Sheja Kunkhyab) authored by Kongtrul the Great.  He was the main translator for several books related to this project, all published by Snow Lion Publications. Elio joined the Dzogchen Community in 1986 and received teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Since then, he continues to actively collaborate with the Dzogchen Community and especially with the International Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies in Italy, of which he is a founding member.

To register for the retreat, you can
(1)  Go online to and sign up, paying in advance; or register with our secretary
(2)  Tuition: early bird (before 10/25) $175; $200 if paid after October 25th
(3)  Register the first day of the retreat (regular rate $200), payable Oct 30th - During 10am - 2pm registration
(4)  Day rate $30 usd  (Calculate 12.25 for exchange rate into pesos)
(5)  Meals and lodging are separate. Please register early!
(6) Camping and casitas available on first come first serve basis

If you are a member of TW, please apply the standard discount of 40% to the tuition (80% for sustaining members and 50% for new and reduced members). Meals and lodging are not discounted. Scholarships available, please contact the secretary.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

June 8/9th Six Spaces of Sananthrabadra in San Jose!

Next weekend, Anna Neyman will be offering:
The Dance of the Vajra of the Six Spaces 
Course in San Jose!!

Vajra Dance Course       8th and 9th June (Next weekend!)

Saturday 8th June   2 modules, 3 hours each

Sunday 9th June       2 modules,  3 hours each

If you are interested please confirm with

Anni Scott    624 157 3123

Location:   Escuela Educarte, Colonia Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo

Español Announcement:  "Los seis espacios Samanthabadra"

El proximo fin de semana,   Anna Neyman de rusia,  va dar el curso de la danza de vajra, las 6 locas. Es una meditacion  de presencia sobre un mandala de 9 metros, una experiencia muy profunda y inolvidable. La practica, creado por Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu, es a base del las ensenanzas Dzogchen (relacionada con budismo tibetano)

DANZA DE VAJRA    8 y 9 junio

Sabado 8    2 modulos de 3 horas c/u  

Domingo 9  2 modulos de 3 horas c/u  

DONDE :   Escuela Educarte, Colonia Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche May 8-12th!

Save the dates! 
See for more detailed information.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

San Jose Vajra Dance Course

Just added a new Six Spaces Vajra Dance Course 
in San Jose this weekend!
Feel free to download flyer below:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tibetan Healing Medicine and Talk

Contact Anita for information and registration:

Malcolm Smith graduated from the Shang Shung Institute, School of Tibetan Medicine.  Dr. Smith counts over 20 years of experience as a practitioner and scholar. He is a direct student of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche since 1992. He has published many Buddhist and Tibetan Medicine texts.

Osa Manell is a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, she graduated from the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, as well as Ayurveda medicine practitioner from the Krippalu school of Ayurveda.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Vajra Dance Demonstration Video

La Danza del Vajra, enseñada por vez primera por Chögyal Namkhai Norbu a principios de los noventa, es una meditación en movimiento basada en el Canto del Vajra y otros mantras encontrados en los tantras originales del Dzogchen.
Es practicado sobre un mandala que representa la correspondencia entre la dimensión interna del individuo y la dimensión externa del mundo.
La Danza del Vajra utiliza el sonido y el movimiento para armonizar la energía individual y para integrar las tres existencias del cuerpo la voz y la mente en el conocimiento de la condición auténtica, en el estado de contemplación.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

DHARMA Public Talks March 20/21

Nina Robinson in Todos Santos, BCS
Guest Teacher for the Tsegyalgar West Dzogchen Community

Weds, March 20th 7:30pm
"Working with Anger in the Buddhist Way"
La Arca, Camino Topete, Todos Santos

Thursday, March 21st 7:30 pm
Freedom from Suffering - Buddhist Paths"
Plaza Tamarindo, Valerio Gonzáles, San Jose

Retreat Marzo 23-31 2013 at Tsegyalgar West
(see flyer posted on blog)

Vajra Dance Course April 5/6/7 2013

All Welcome! 
"Six Spaces of Samantrabhadra"
Offered the first weekend of April.
It will start at 2pm at La Arca, Friday April 5th

Location: La Arca is on Camino TOPETE just down from the
Todos Santos Inn, off of Camino Benito Juarez
This workshop requires no previous experience. 
Please bring a water bottle and socks (or soft leather bottom moc's) 
for being on the mandala. There will be five two+ hour sessions over three days. 
Please contact us for any questions:
We practice on Weds together regularly each week in Todos Santos.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Nina Robinson Teaching in March

Please join us for some or all of these events!


Todos Santos Talk March 20, 7:30 pm La Arca
“Working with Anger the Buddhist way”

San Jose del Cabo, March 21, 7:30 pm
“Freedom from Suffering – Buddhist Paths”
At Plaza Tamarindo, Valerio González

March 23-31 RETREAT in the Mountains
Tsegyalgar West, San Jose del Cabo  
“Yoga of White AH & Chöd Retreat”

“Guru Yoga” awareness of our real condition as it is
 the principal practice of the Dzogchen Teaching.
In the retreat we will combine the explanation
and practice of Guru Yoga of Garab Dorje and the
Chod as used in the Dzogchen Community. Chod is the
practice of cutting through to our primordial state.
Afternoon time for rest or Vajra Dance practice

Nina Robinson was born in England in February 1937.
She met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1980 in Italy. She moved
to Italy in 1986 and worked at Merigar for seven years.
In 2002 Rinpoche asked Nina to teach
Since then she has been invited to many parts of the world.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


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Monday, January 14, 2013

My Journey to Tsegyalgar West ...

I came to Tyegyalgar West in Baja Mexico recently after a spending some time in Thailand and studying Buddhism several years. The name Dzogchen was unfamiliar as was Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. I was able to attend two retreats. One conducted by Jim Valby, an accomplished educator and light hearted individual who made it fun. 

Arriving at our meeting place in San Jose del Cabo on Thursday morning, we all piled in a trustworthy Baja vehicle of unknown age and travelled up to the Sierra de la Laguna Mountain range high peak (2406M). I think we were close to the top because it got quite chilly at night.  The “Gar” is situated amongst 3,000 amazing acres of peace and stillness. An oasis, high in the mountains with fresh spring water. 
A large variety of Cacti are scattered every where. Some interesting varieties of trees as well like black palm and white fig. There are most beautiful ancient fig trees that create an umbrella, with massive roots wrapped around boulders. Very inviting to sit and meditate. Over heads vultures and eagles soar, coyotes howling in the distance. The ranchers let live stock graze everywhere, so the soothing sound of their bells ring continuously.

Apparently, it seldom rains, but it must be my Vancouver luck because it did rain. The desert was so green and lush, when the sun did reappear the tiny humming birds made their way to aloe flowers and yellow butterflies were everywhere.  Not too far a walk from the main area is the “Arroyo”. My Spanish is limited, but my translation would be ravine. The magnitude of these granite boulders can only be appreciated by experiencing them.  A group of us went to  explore and play a bit. Climbing, jumping, balancing, and just “being”. 
The location is remote, and offers a variety of lodging from camping to one room casitas, some equipped with solar showers and composting toilets. Or you can opt out and use the hot showers with propane.  It was very cold at night, I was really surprised, always going to Thailand I packed very light, but was so happy when I was handed several  Mexican blankets. Despite this I pulled my mattress on the terrace and slept under the stars and big bright moon.  After a few dewy mornings I decided to relocate to the Mandala Palapa, a opened aired structure with palm leaf roof. It was large enough to see the horizon in all directions!
The Mandala is where we were doing the Vajra dance. A very beautiful dance mediation that is both graceful and sacred. It will take me more than two weeks to master I’m afraid. 

The kitchen, an open aired palapa was the hub, as most kitchens usually are. A combination of gas ranges, an oven, one fridge and storage cupboards with a double sink. What we created or what I observed being created was a gourmet smorgasbord. Artisan bread made every other day, soups, salads some of the greens from the up and coming veggie garden. I opted for breakfast duty, and as the final few days came near I managed to make the perfect pot of coffee. However the oatmeal fruit and toast were mastered by myself and partners in crime Katherine and Lyoba.

It was a beautiful balance between spiritual discipline and genuine fun, laughter, food celebrating the ‘Mayan non-end of the world, and Christmas. There were 17 of us in total. New Years Eve, with a huge glowing bon fire, we were serenaded by one and all. The songs were a wonderful array, Umi (age 12) with his version of 'Oh Solo Mio', many classical Mexican Folk songs, one or two Beatles tunes.  On New Years Day we did Sang Smoke offering practice. It was conducted at the fire pit, using  fragrant Smoke. The purpose was to offer Guardians of the land peace, ask forgiveness for our mistaken actions and clear any energy that needed attending to.

The second retreat there was guided by Giorgio and Monica who had asked Jim Valby what we should focus on and what the main vision should be. We were able to follow Chogyal Namkai Norbu Rinpoche Webcast Guru Dragphur Teaching conducted from Tenerife, Spain. This helped to focus and solidified everything I had learned until that point.

2012 was a year that I was seeking knowledge in the Buddhist practice.
I know feel I've come to where it is, where I need to be. I've a practice that is easy to apply in my day to day life. The resources and information from the Dzogchen Community available is global, via internet or in books and literature. Retreats are offered throughout the world with many Gar’s to visit and explore. This also offers different cultures, languages, lifestyles, and experience... All having the deepest essence of Buddhism.

~Be Present~

Lindsay Hatloe

Edited summery by TW (Thank you Lindsay!)