Sunday, April 16, 2017

Casita Improvements 2017

Casita Improvements at Tsegyalgar West

We have been working to improve casitas this year. ..
Still much to do, however eight casitas are repainted, six have 
new flush toilets and 'sunny side' windows now have shades! 
We are planning to add two small kitchenettes for 
long term retreat guests.

Still needed are: more hot showers, patio floor tiles and furniture,
low voltage fans, lamps and outside down light fixtures.
In addition the solar system is not adequate for all needed,
additional batteries, inverter and panels in the Gonpa/Kitchen
area would be a welcome improvement.
Please donate to these projects and help the TW grow!

Specify : SOLAR or Casita Showers

Gompa Painting and Improvements!

Gompa Painting Project
Tsegyalgar West, Baja Ca Sur, Mexico

Update on Painting and Decoration of the Gar’s Gompa
March 21 - April 28, 2017

The painting project for the Gompa at Tsegyalgar West, is moving forward and our Gakyil wants to thank all that are participating in this wonderful project.

The first week of work was dedicated to the hard job of smoothing and cleaning the wooden structure of the Gompa, and providing the scaffolding and working materials needed to prepare the Gompa for the painting. Finally, in the second week, Migmar Tsering, Yushan Zhong and the first group of seven volunteers arrived to start painting.

Migmar designed the the 
Gompa ceiling, deciding on a combination of Tibetan decorations integrating with colors and motifs from the Mexican culture. The dense blue sky of the roof combined with the colors of Mexico seem a perfect combination for the place and the time.

The group of volunteers are working hard, and astonished to find themselves in an incredible place and with such an interesting project.  And what an incredible opportunity to work with Migmar and Yushang, always kind, and open to share their knowledge and experience in this extraordinary,  unique project.

Daily activities include a class of yoga and in the evening Vajra dance, followed by Khaitas at 8:30 pm. People listen to recordings of the Teachings, in the morning while painting.  During the day,  volunteers share their preferred music, both Western and Tibetan, while working.

People who like are also dedicating some time in the vegetable garden of the Gar and helping in the kitchen. We had a class from Yushan on cooking from Sichuan Province, we learned to prepare different Mexican chili sauce and Migmar will teach how to prepare Tibetan Momos.

More volunteers are expected and some are changing during the next weeks. There is still the possibility to participate for anyone interested to come by contacting Tsegyalgar West Gakyil at

 Other good news is that we have already received donations to cover about 50% of the project costs and we want to thank very much all the Donors that made this possible in so short a time.

Make a connection with Tsegyalgar West, the Gar of Baja California, by applying generosity with a donation to this project at the page:

For more information:t

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Webcasts of Teachings
The most accurate place to view the webcast schedule is Rinpoche's calendar at  Most of Rinpoche's teachings are available by Open Webcast. 

Transmission of Guru Yoga
Transmission of Guru Yoga directly from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu via live internet 
is available three times a year on special world-wide live transmission dates where the entire world wide community participates at the same time.

To listen to a webcast go to the actual Dzogchen Community Webcast site: for World-Wide Transmission connection via the internet. Individuals planning on participating in the WWT for the first time are invited to attend an explanation at home via speaker phone hook-up before the actual WW Transmission or with local sangha in person. The dates and hook up information are posted a few weeks before the transmission. Participants for the first time will also need either the practice book, Guruyoga (the practice is in the back of the book), or DVD. Please contact the Shang Shung Bookstore at the link provided below to purchase.

Dates for Live 2016/2017 Webcasts:

MARCH 11-12, 2017, Anniversary of Garab Dorje. 
AUGUST - TBA,  2017, Anniversary of Padmasambhava & Yeshe Tsogyal. 
NOVEMBER - TBA, 2017, Anniversary of Adzom Drukpa. 


Membership in the Dzogchen Community

The easiest way to become a new member is online at:  Look under the menu item "Get involved" then  "Membership"

To renew your existing membership:

Direct link to the IDC website

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dream Yoga 2017 in Todos Santos

Register with Retreat Manager, Jimena at:

Week Long Green Tara Retreat - Special Discounts

An rare opportunity to go deep into practice in the vast desert tropical mountains of the Sierra de Lagunas. 

Special new discounted inclusive pricing includes 
food, accommodation and Tara!
Shared casita: $70 USD/day was $90/day 
Dorm $60/day was $70/day
Camping: $50/day was $65/day

Daily attendance available
IDC Membership discount prices available 
 Limited work trade available, no one turned away for lack of funds​
​    Exchange rate 20:1
 Please contact Retreat Manager

 or Secretary for more information.

To Pre Register: 

Or pay Retreat Manager upon Arrival​

Please arrive by the 21st in the afternoon. Retreat starts in the evening 
and ends on the morning of the 28th.

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