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Mandarava Long-life Practice, Chüdlen and Tsalungs retreat | Nina Robinson |

We are happy to invite you to the retreat Mandarava Long-life Practice, Chüdlen and Tsalungs in 23rd – 27th October 2019 with Nina Robinson at Rangdrolling, Amsterdam.

During the retreat we’ll try to learn something about all the different aspects of this practice: its meaning and benefits, the symbolism of the mandala, the melodies, mudras and use of ritual instruments.
We’ll also practice the Sogtig breathing for the Chudlen practice and, if time, some Tsalungs as taught by Rinpoche in the 2018 Mandarava Drubchen retreat in Dzamling Gar, Tenerife.
We’ll start the retreat at 6.30 in the evening of 23rd October 2019 with a Ganapuja of Mandarava.
On the following days there will be explanations and practice 10 – 12 am and 3.30 – 5.15 pm, leaving space in the evening for Yantra Yoga and/or Dance of Vajra, or Khaita. Sessions will be more or less 2 hours

The Mandarava Long-life, chüdlen and tsalung practices come from the Longsal Teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.
They belong to the Upadesha series of Dzogchen.

The following are words of Rinpoche extracted from various teachings.

“The Tibetan word for Upadesha is Men-ngag. Ngag means voice; men is the negative. That means these teachings should be kept secret; when practitioners receive these teachings they shouldn’t talk about them everywhere and use them everywhere; they should keep them secret.”

“The practice of Mandarava is a path for having total realization and also, relatively, for having a longer life and prosperity. But the main point is to attain realization of the state of Mandarava.
“Another characteristic of Men-ngag methods is that they are more effective and lead to quicker realization. Of course you need a concrete base for that. If you have that base, when you receive the teaching and do the practice in the correct way you can have quicker realization.”

“The Tsalungs are specific methods ….. for applying how to integrate into a state of contemplation through channels and chakras.”

“In the Dzogchen teachings it is considered important to at least do the most simple form of Chüdlen because it is a great help in the development of clarity.”


Nina Robinson was born in England in February 1937. She has done many different kinds of work, including raising a family, making ceramics and teaching it. After briefly following various Buddhist teachers she met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and attended the teachings he gave in June 1980 in a camping retreat he gave in northern Italy. She was very fortunately able to follow many of his teaching and practice retreats from that time until the present day. She moved to Italy in 1986 and has lived near Merigar since then. She was secretary of Merigar for 7 years. She has also helped in transcribing, translating and editing many books of Shang Shung Editions.
Since 2002 she has been invited to lead retreats in many parts of the world.

Diet Advice just in case you want it
The diet Rinpoche recommended for those wishing to do strict Chudlen practice:
well-cooked grains such as wholegrain rice, barley, oats (no wheat); raw butter; honey; a little ripe fruit and cooked vegetables – all in small quantities and nothing after 6 o’clock in the evening.

Second level: those who need it can also eat some beans; fish; yogurt (only in the first half of the day) and cornflakes and milk in the evening.

Third level can add some cheese, fish and chicken etc.
People who have a lung imbalance will need more substantial food.
Drinks: good boiled water, some fruit juice, roasted barley drink, some herbal teas. Those who cannot give up tea and coffee should drink it very weak and not often.

Rinpoche said you should not smoke anything while you are doing Chüdlen.  He says that if you normally smoke you should stop for the whole time you are doing Chüdlen retreat.
Of course you shouldn’t use any kinds of heavy drugs or alcohol.

Location: Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration via email:
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention Mandarava retreat
Price: Sustaining € 95 -; Ordinary € 130 – ; Non-Members € 145 –
Early Bird Price: Sustaining € 80 -; Ordinary € 110 – (before October, 1)
*in case of financial troubles please contact

19 July | Public Talk | Meditation and Mindfulness, working with emotions.

The base for overcoming frustration and suffering is the application of presence and mindfulness. By becoming aware of what is happening in our mind and heart we quit being victims and discover new ways of dealing with reality.
Working with disturbing emotions and thoughts can be done in various ways. In Buddhism exist three main currents which approach emotions in very different ways.
There are the methods of renunciation based on the Sutra teachings, the path of transformation according to the tantric method and finally the Dzogchen approach of spontaneous liberation.

Jakob Winkler’s BIO:

Jakob Winkler studies and practices Tibetan Buddhism since the mid-eighties. He met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 1989. Jakob holds an MA in Tibetology, Indian art history and social anthropology, which he studied in Munich – his hometown – and Vienna. He works mainly as an author, editor and proofreader for Buddhist publications, instructor within Dzogchen Community and acts as interpreter for Buddhist teachings. He is one of the few Western experts of Dzogchen and has contributed fundamental research to the understanding of Lhasa’s Lukhang temple, being the first Western scholar to identify Pema Lingpa’s treasure texts as the source for its murals. Today he lives in Bonn, Germany.

Time: 19 July 19:00
Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration (optional) via email:
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention Public Talk 19
Price: € 10-
*in case of financial troubles please contact

July, 20-21| Purification of Six Loka | Weekend retreat with Jakob Winkler

We are delighted to invite you to a Practice Weekend Retreat “Purification of Six Loka – Working with our emotions from a Dzogchen perspective” with Jakob Winkler on the 20-21th of July!

One of the main preliminary practice for entering the path of Dzogchen Upadesha for dealing with our passions is the purification of the Six Loka, the inner separation (rushen) of Samsara & Nirvana.

Through the power of the three Vajras combined with visualization, mantra and contemplation we purify the karmic seeds which create the samsaric suffering and hinder our recognition of the primordial enlightened state.

This practice is easy to apply and very suitable for practicing it together. We going to study the background of it and learn different ways of applying it.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu writes in „The Precious Vase“

“The separation of Samsara and Nirvana.

Being conditioned by the delusive appearances of the mind and by thoughts without having any control over them constitutes the karmic vision of samsara. Abiding in the state of pure instant presence or Rigpa constitutes nirvana. Consequently, the purpose of these two special methods of separation, in their turn subdivided in outer, inner and secret separation, is to enable the practitioner to distinguish or separate the state of the mind that is the source of samsara from the state of Rigpa that is the root of liberation of nirvana.”

Jakob Winkler’s BIO:

Jakob Winkler studies and practices Tibetan Buddhism since the mid-eighties. He met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1989. In 2002 he was authorized by him to teach the study and practice program of the base of „Santi Maha Sangha“ and in 2008 the 1st level. Jakob holds an MA in Tibetology, Indian art history and social anthropology, which he studied in Munich – his hometown – and Vienna. He works mainly as an author, editor and proofreader for Buddhist publications, instructor for Santi Maha Sangha and acts as interpreter for Buddhist teachings. Today he lives in Bonn, Germany.

Saturday, 20 July

10.00 – 13.00
15.00 -18.00

Sunday, 21 July

10.00 – 13.00
15.00 -17.00

Location: Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration via email:
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention 6 loka Retreat
Price: sustaining € 50.-  ; ordinary € 80.-
*in case of financial toubles please contact

Practice Retreat of Pranayama with Zoltan Cser May,31-June,3

We are delighted to invite you to a Practice Retreat of Pranayama with Zoltan Cser on the 31st of May to 3rd of June.
The main focus will be on Harmonious breathing and developing Kumbhaka for Tsa Lung practices. We will get explanations according to Yantra book of how these practices effect the different kinds of Pranas that flow through the channels and how this effects our body and mind. We will work with the Pranas and the channels (tsa, lung, thigle), doing pranayamas The Four Characteristic Conditions, The Four Profound Applications, and The Secret Breathing for directing Prana into the Central chanel, practicing the three preliminaries: Loosening the joints, Purifying the Prana, Controlling the Channels.

Zoltan’s BIO:

Zoltan “Zoli” Czer lives in Hungary, works as a director in the Dharmagate Buddhist College in Budapest.
He started practicing Chan in 1986, met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 2002 and has been the member of the International Dzogchen Community since 2004. Since 2013 he is the 2nd level Vajra Dance instructor, since 2015 – SMS Base instructor and since 2016 – 2nd level Yantra Yoga instructor.

Friday 31 May
9.00 Yantra Yoga
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

Saturday 1 June
9.00 Yantra Yoga
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

Sunday 2 June
9.00 Yantra Yoga
10.00 – 13.00

|Sunday 2 June afternoon public talk, presentation YY & VD|

Monday 3 June
9.00 Yantra Yoga
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

Location: Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration via email:
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention Pranayama Retreat
Price: sustaining € 95.-  ; ordinary € 130.-
Early bird price: sustaining € 80.-  ; ordinary € 110.- (before 1st of May)
*in case of financial toubles please contact

*Public talk is not a part of the retreat program. It will be a part of the program of the “Tantra Roots Festival” held in the “Centrum voor happiness” (HW10), Hendrik van Wijnstraat, 10. Everybody is welcome to join.

Sangha Retreat

This year we were invited to the first ever IDC Annual Sangha Retreat in Dzamling Gar. You can read about it here:
It is a beautiful opportunity for collective practice and we want to support this event locally.

In case the event is webcasted we can join from the Ling.

We are very delight to invite you to the Sangha Retreat at Rangdrolling on March 30, 31. Same idea: we will practice together celebrating the fact that we have each other as a community, connected through the transmission, sharing knowledge and experience.
Anyone who can join is very welcome, either one day or a specific session:


Saturday, March, 30

09.45 – Dance of 12 A

10.00 – 11.15 Complete breathing exercises and basic Yantra Yoga (three preliminaries), rhythmic breathing in preparations of Sog Thig and Tsa Lung.

11.30 -12.30 Guru Yoga of White A

12.30 – Dance of 12 A


14.30 – Purification of Six Lokas

16.30 -Green Tara

19.00 – Medium Ganapuja with an invocation of Ekajati (protector of Dzogchen)


Sunday, March, 31

09.45  – Dance of 12 A

10.00 – 11.15 Complete breathing exercises and basic Yantra Yoga (three preliminaries), rhythmic breathing in preparations of Sog Thig and Tsa Lung.

11.30 -12.30 Guru Yoga of White A

12.30 – Dance of 12 A


14.30 – Purification of Six Lokas

16.00 – Mandarava with Tsalung


Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)


Free. Donations are highly appreciated.

If you have any questions and/or suggestions, want to offer your help in leading some practices please contact us on or call us +31 (0)633179532

Hope to see you at Rangdrolling!

Master Namkhai Norbu Awarded the Honor of Commander

Master Namkhai Norbu Receives the Honor of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

On 10 September 2018, in the Arcidosso Town Hall, the Prefect of Grosseto, Cinzia Teresa Torraco, conferred the honor of ‘Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’ on Prof. Namkhai Norbu, for having dedicated his life to activities that have brought benefits to the community and the nation.

In thanking Master Namkhai Norbu, who inspires an exemplary model of life and represents for all a living testimony of the highest human values, both ethical and cultural, the Prefect recalled the importance of honoring charismatic figures such as his, capable of inspiring virtuous actions and behavior with the strength of their example and with the values ​​of an authentic testimony expressed by life choices fully coherent with the thoughts of a noble and elevated nature.

During the ceremony the Prefect underlined the fact that in view of the very high profile of his personality, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers had decided to directly confer recognition of the honorary title ‘Commander’, the highest honorary award of the Italian Republic.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Arcidosso, Jacopo Marini, and the President of the Regional Council, Eugenio Giani, in addition to the territorial authorities, the Mayor of Castel del Piano, Claudio Franci, the Mayor of Santa Fiora, Federico Balocchi, and the Prefect, Marco Valentini, director of the legislative affairs office and parliamentary reports of the Ministry of the Interior.

Prefect Cinzia Torraco, expressing her confidence that Master Namkhai Norbu’s message of peace and brotherhood would be auspicious for different and better future prospects with the hope of continuing his teaching activity, conferred on Master Namkhai Norbu the honor:

master namkhai norbu commander

The President of the Republic

in consideration of particular merits on the proposal of the President of the Council of Ministers, after hearing the Council of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic on 2 June 2018, confers the honor of Commander on Master Norbu Namkhai with the right to wear the related insignia.

Signed: Mattarella

At the end of the ceremony the Mayor of Arcidosso presented a banner to the Master to recall the importance of the Community of Merigar for the territory, while the President of the Council of Tuscany presented a second banner from the Amiata Municipalities. and reaffirmed the value of the honor of Commander from the President of the Republic in recognizing the spiritual and human values that Master Namkhai Norbu has brought to Amiata, recalling the strong spiritual energy of the territory.

Dzogchen Guru yoga Transmission July, 22nd (July, 15th explanation)

For all interested to practicing Dzogchen Teaching we organize an explanation session of the coming World Wide Transmission from an eminent Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
The starting point for the practice of Dzogchen is to receive a ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher. This ‘Direct Transmission’ is the means by which the teacher introduces us directly to the true nature of our mind: our primordial state or ‘rigpa’ (in Tibetan).
On three occasions each year, corresponding to particular anniversaries in the Dzogchen calendar, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gives the direct transmission of Guru Yoga necessary for starting to practice. The World Wide Transmissions are broadcast as live webcasts, this time it will be on the 22nd, July at 5:00.
In order to be ready for the Transmission we are giving explanations for newcomers, what is it and what should one expect, a week before, on the 15th of July at 14:00 at Rangdrolling.
Newcomers who want to participate at a World Wide Transmission (WWT) should be interested in the Dzogchen Teachings.
Please come if you are. You don’t need to bring anything.

Uitleg WWT Guruyoga in Rangdrolling

See you!

Song of the Vajra Dance Weekend 8-10 June with Stoffelina Verdonk

Rangdrolling is very happy to announce a Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra weekend with Stoffelina Verdonk, June 8 till 10 in Amsterdam.

This weekend is specially suitable for refreshing and learning this Dance. It is part two of our multi-part course. In the previous weekend we learned the vajra dance of the 4 contemplation and of the 4 Da (until Vaitana). This weekend we will repeat and continue the ajra dance of the 4 visions and of conduct (from Parali on).

A special element of this course is that it also focusses on learning the correct rhythm and way of singing of the Song of the Vajra. Even those who are not learning the Dance now, are welcome to join and learn! 

About this course Stoffelina writes:

In this course the new Pamo are learning the steps, while the Pawo or others who are present, singing the natural sound of the  Song of the Vajra.  They can experience how to be present in the correct timing with the syllables and melody, while they sing.

All sounds of The Song of the Vajra present a source for contemplation. We learn how to sing perfect way in timing, offering our presence, dancers and singers,  relaxing in contemplation All together.

It is a perfect practice, also a Semdzin, in which we can discover how this singing and dancing is influencing our dance, our own dance, but also the dance in harmony of Pamo and Pawo present on the mandala. 

Knowing the precise timing and way of singing is presented since long time by Rinpoche, also by Adriano Clemente. In Vajra Dance, especially for those who know longer the dance, timing is important. This is a very joyful way to dance AND sing together. 

All Be most welcome!!!

About Stoffelina Verdonk 

Stoffelina is a certified performer and teacher of modern dance. She met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1986. Since then she practices his teaching and collaborates within the Dzogchen Community. She became a second level Vajra Dance instructor in 1993, travelling to teach and practice Vajra Dance in and outside the International Dzogchen Community; and she is a very inspiring and experienced Vajra Dance teacher. In 2015 she was authorised as Santi Maha Sangha and Khaita instructor by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

For a fuller biography see:

Place and Time

Location: Studio 14, Broedplaats HW10

Address: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, Amsterdam.

Time Schedule (provisional):

Friday June 8: 14:00 – 17:30

Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10: 10:00 – 17:30  with lunch break (about 2 hours)

Requested donation for the whole weekend is 100 euro.

If you have financial limitations, this shouldn’t be a reason not to participate. Please contact us in this case.

Payment details:

Account number IBAN: NL72 INGB 0006 0658 80
In name of: Stichting Dzogchen
Reference message: Vajra Dance Weekend June 2018

If you have any questions and/or want to register, please contact us on

Hope to see you on the Mandala!

Gakyil of Rangdrolling

Open Yantra Yoga retraite 11-12 november 2017

Rangdrolling nodigt je uit voor een:

Open Yantra Yoga retraite 11-12 november 2017

Deze retraite geeft je een basis in de voorbereidende oefeningen van Yantra Yoga.
Onderwerpen die in ieder geval aan bod komen zijn:

Lungro Salwa
Wordt ook wel de 9 ademhalingen genoemd. Pranayama gericht op het ontwikkelen van de complete ademhaling en het uitademen van alles wat je niet meer nodig hebt.

5 oefeningen gericht op het opwarmen van de gewrichten gecombineerd met een snellere


Lung betekent prana in het Tibetaans, en Sang betekent purificeren. Dus letterlijk het purificeren van de prana. 8 oefeningen die ieder een specifieke manier van de ademhaling of retentie van de ademhaling  trainen. Het fundament van de Yantra Yoga beoefening.

Sabmo Jorwa Zhiden
Letterlijk “de vier diepgaande toepassingen”. Een pranayama die zich richt op het ontwikkelen van  de 4 fasen van de ademhaling: inademing, retentie, uitademing en een retentie zonder adem.  

Dorje Lab
Letterlijk betekent het Vajra golf. Het is een afsluitende oefening in Yantra Yoga om de energie te balanceren aan het einde van de beoefening.

De retraite  wordt geleid door Marc van Westreenen. Marc is sinds 2006 student van Chögyal Namkhai Norbu en heeft intensief Yantra Yoga beoefend vanaf die tijd. Na jaren van supervisie en training is hij sinds augustus 2010 officieel als Yantra Yoga instructeur geautoriseerd door Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Broedplaats HW10
Adres: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, Amsterdam
Dichtbij treinstation Amsterdam Lelylaan

Early bird korting – registeren en betalen vóór 25 oktober:

100 euro voor niet-leden van Int. Dzogchen Community
80 euro voor ordinary members
30 euro voor sustaining members

Na 25 oktober:
125 euro voor niet leden van Int. Dzogchen Community
100 euro voor ordinary members
50 euro voor sustaining members

Zaterdag 11 november: 10.00 – 13.00 uur en 15.00 – 18.00 uur.
Zondag 12 november: 10.00 – 13.00 uur en 15.00 – 18.00 uur.

Via een e-mail naar

Je kunt je betaling storten ten name van Stichting Dzogchen
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880

Onder vermelding van Open Yantra Yoga

Yantra Yoga
Yantra Yoga werd  al onderwezen in Tibet vanaf de achtste eeuw en is daarmee een  van de oudste vastgelegde systemen van yoga ter wereld. Yantra Yoga is bewaard gebleven in zijn oorspronkelijke  vorm tot de dag van vandaag.

Het is een uitstekende methode om tot optimale gezondheid en ontspanning te komen en is daarmee een systeem dat goed aansluit op de behoefte aan diepe ontspanning en vitaliteit in de hedendaagse wereld. Met een focus op  de coördinatie van ademhaling en beweging helpt Yantra Yoga ons om meditatie te leren door ervaringen.

De beoefening bestaat uit 3 groepen voorbereidende beoefeningen, 5 series van Yantra’s en verschillende unieke Pranayama’s.

De functie van de voorbereidende oefeningen zijn : ze warmen het lichaam op, het trainen van verschillende aspecten van de ademhaling en het openen van de energie kanalen.

Elke houding (of Yantra) van de 5 series bestaat uit 7 fasen van beweging met 7 daarmee verbonden fasen van ademhaling.

Een van Yantra Yoga’ s meest onderscheidende kenmerken is de positie van de centrale fase, omdat deze houding vorm geeft aan de specifieke retenties van de ademhaling die op een diep en subtiel niveau werken.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is een eminent Tibetaans geleerde en Dzogchen meester die  begonnen is met het onderwijzen van Yantra Yoga aan westerse studenten in het begin  van de jaren zeventig. Wereldwijd wordt Yantra Yoga nu onderwezen in retraites door een groeiend aantal leraren die geautoriseerd zijn door middel van een rigoureus trainings -en examinatie proces onder supervisie van Fabio  Andrico en Laura Evangelisti. De twee senior Yantra Yoga leraren benoemd door Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Voor meer informatie bezoek

Historie IDC: Voorbereiding fundament Grote Stoepa Merigar West 1996

Een kort filmpje van de plaatsing van relikwieën en heilige voorwerpen als voorbereiding van het bouwen van het fundament van de Grote stoepa. Daarnaast gezameijke beoefening ter authenticatie van de stoepa. Merigar West, 3 september 1996.