Dzogchen Community

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The Dzogchen community counts among its members all those who are interested in the practice of Dzogchen.The Community is thus seen as a place for sharing and exchange for people who share the same path towards knowledge.The various community centres are considered places for the practice of awareness where it is possible to collaborate with others in the perspective of a common spiritual enrichment.

For Choegyal Namkhai Norbu the various Gars (literally meaning dwelling) make up one great mandala or a network that covers the various geographical areas of the world and to which practitioners can refer as places of study or practise and meditation.There are five main Gars in various places around the world:

North America – West Coast Community

The main Dzogchen practice sites in Western North America include : Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, Baja Sur, Mexico, and Mexico City.  You can locate contacts for these sites on the Google map (worldwide community) on this site; on the internet; and in The Mirror. Please feel free to inquire, visit, or just listen to the open webcasts of teachings open to all.

Each and every site is dedicated to promoting the preservation, communication, and living practice of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu’s comprehensive  body of Dzogchen teachings–historic, revealed in current time (living mystic), and handed down for hundreds of years.  We rarely have a chance to discover and integrate ancient teachings that address our current situation, but Dzogchen is exactly that teaching.  Because it is precise and self-validating, it has existed for a long time and will continue to do so.

Our Community will nurture your interest, participation, and your understanding of these teachings.  We are a highly diverse group, who wish to share our rich experience within the Dzogchen tradition.

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Gars (Main Centers)

The GAR (word deriving from Mongolian and Tibetan) is a main site of the Dzogchen Community, and Lings and other sites are satellites.  Perhaps the Gar can be understood as a major pressure point for enlightenment of the planet, as an energy spot, a gateway…  As Rinpoche states, “‘Gar’ does not mean the main point or a governing centre. It is a place to which all Gakyils (local boards) contribute and, in the future it will become a nucleus for continuing the Teaching and the Transmission . . . ” (The Dzogchen Community, p. 51, 2001, Shang Shung Edizioni)

 Tsegyalgar East |



Merigar East (Romania) |




 Merigar West (Italy) |




Namgyalgar (Australia) |




 Tashigar North (Venezuela) |



 Tashigar South (Argentina) |




Kunsangar South (Ukraina) |




Lings (Branch Centers)

A Ling is an organized site of the Dzogchen Community, with a board (Gakyil), which more or less radiates out from a Gar, a more major site of the Community.  Lings can arise wherever a group of people wishes to perpetuate the Dzogchen teachings and practices in an organized way over time.


Czech Republic
Great Britain
Kundusling (Spain)


Adzamling (Molise)
Namdeling (Naples)
Zhenphenling (Rome)
Kunsalling (Brescia)

Russian-Speaking Countries



Dondrup Ling (CA),




Ireland Community
Dekyitling (Costa Rica)
Lhundrubling (Brazil)
Garbaling (Greece)
Kundusling (Spain)



The management and organization of the various center and groups of the Dzogchen Community are taken care of by the Gakyil (“mandala of joy”), an entity made up of three sections (indicated by the colors yellow, red, and blue), which, according to an ancient Buddhist system, correspond to the three aspects of the individual (body, energy, and mind). The yellow Gakyil (linked to the body dimension) takes care of financial management, the red Gakyil (linked to the energy dimension) of activities and projects regarding maintenance and development of the center, and the blue Gakyil (linked to the mind dimension) of cultural activities and those linked to the practice. The Gakyil is a collective body without any type of hierarchy within it and decisions are taken by common agreement of all the members. There can be three, six, or nine Gakyil members, who are elected each year. Besides the local Gakyils there is also the International Gakyil which is in direct contact with the Master and has a role of management and coordination.


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