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Retreat on Semdzins, Secret Rushens and Contemplation With the Emphasis on Kadag

Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

September 11 till 16, 2021 with SMS Instructor Elías Capriles

Including September 11, 19:00 CEST
Public Talk: The Three Phrases of Guru Garab Dorje’s Testament

Both the retreat and public talk will be broadcasted via Zoom. Translation to Italian and Spanish is also possible if it is required. The public talk is open for everyone, while to follow the retreat you need to have Direct Introduction.

For a description of the contents of the retreat and a biography of the teacher, please see below.

Location: Rangdrolling (Nemoland, Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)

Registration: via contact form

Registration for Public Talk Only:

Price public talk: non-Members  10€
Price retreat Zoom Members:       20€ per day / 80€ for entire course
Price retreat Zoom non Members: 25€ per day / 100€ for entire course
Price retreat Onsite sustaining: 20€ per day / 80€ for entire course          
Price retreat Onsite ordinary:    30€ per day / 120€ for entire course

Bank details:
IBAN: NL72 INGB 0006 0658 80
In name of: Int. Dzogchen Community of Rangdrolling
with mention Retreat or Public talk

with mention Retreat or Public talk

No one will be turned away for lack of funds, in this case please contact us:
 You can also reach us in the  e-mail above, if you have any question.

Sat,   11th  September 
 First Session 15:00-17:00
Sat,   11th  September  Public Talk   19:00-21:00
Sun,  12th  September– Thursday 16th September   10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

11th. September  19:00
Public talk: The Three Phrases of Guru Garab Dorje’s Testament

Registration for Public Talk Only:
Guru Garab Dorje was the Master who introduced Buddhist Dzogchen to our human world.
In this lecture, Elías will explain the deep meaning of the three phrases of the testament of Guru Garab Dorje: (1) Direct Introduction; (2) to obtain a decisive certainty; (3) to continue in the state of rigpa.
      (1) Direct Introduction means having an initial glimpse of rigpa, which is the nonconceptual, nondual Knowledge (of) the true condition of reality, in a state of instant, immediate, nondual Presence.
       (2) “To obtain a decisive certainty.” According to Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, this phrase has been inaccurately translated as “to decide upon this single point.” This is a mistranslation because when one decides, it is the conceptual, dualistic mind that decides, and thus this decision is delusive. So Rinpoche translates it as “Not to remain in doubt” (as to the fact that one had a glimpse of rigpa and that rigpa is the knowledge of the true condition of all reality)—because rigpa cannot be remembered reflexively, as ordinary, conceptual, dualistic memories are remembered.
       Paltrul Rinpoche noted that it also imperative “to gain confidence on self-liberation,” for we need to be certain that, when we look at a thought after Direct Introduction, it will self-liberate.
       (3) The last phrase refers to the main practice of Dzogchen, which consists in continuing in the state of rigpa to which one was Introduced.
Therefore, the three phrases of Garab Dorje’s testament are the summary of the whole practice of Dzogchen.
11th-16th September
Retreat on Semdzins, Secret Rushens and Contemplation With the Emphasis on Kadag
This retreat will be focused mainly on practicing Semdzins, Secret Rushens and Contemplation with the emphasis on kadag.
       With the Semdzins and Secret Rushens we have a possibility of discovering rigpa, or returning to the state of rigpa if we have already had glimpses of it. That practice should help us be certain about our own discovery of rigpa and the fact that this condition is the true condition of ourselves and all reality (i.e., it will serve for “Not remaining in doubt,” which is how Chögyal Namkhai Norbu glossed the second phrase of Guru Garab Dorje’s testament).
       At the same time, the best way to become familiar with the self-liberation of thought in Dzogchen Katak Contemplation and to develop confidence on it (which is how Paltrul Rinpoche glossed the second phrase of Guru Garab dorje’s testament), is by nakedly and barely looking at the stuff and essence of the thoughts that arise immediately after having had a glimpse of rigpa.
       Once, (through the practices of Semdzin, Rushen, the Seventh Lojong, Khorwa Yedal and other introductory practices), we have given ourselves direct introduction, we have gone beyond doubt and we have developed confidence that thoughts liberate spontaneously upon looking at their stuff and essence, (barely and nakedly), then we can receive teachings on Trekchod to continue in the state of rigpa without deviating into samsara. And when we have developed enough confidence in spontaneous liberation in intense situations, we can then receive Thögal instructions and devote ourselves to that practice.
        Finally, there will be advice to the sangha, including an explanation of the principles of Contemplation with the emphasis on lhundrub.

Elías`s BIO

Elías Capriles is a Santi Maha Sangha Teacher appointed by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu,
whom he met in 1978 in Boudhanath. He practiced Dzogchen in successive strict 3
months retreats on the Himalayas between 1977 and the end of 1982, after receiving
Trekchö (Khregs 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 Rinpoche.
As a whole, he has had twenty books published, as well as five Internet books, over
forty academic papers and twelve book chapters, dealing with Dzogchen and Tibetan
Buddhism; transpersonal psychology; ontology; philosophy of history; aesthetics;
political philosophy; epistemology; sociology; axiology, etc. Various of these are on
Buddhism and Dzogchen (including a poetry work) and Buddhist philosophy (it is
relevant to mention an as yet unachieved work called Buddhism and Dzogchen — Vol.
I: Buddhism that is freely available on the Web).
He is retired from the Chair of Eastern Studies and the Center for Studies on Africa and
Asia the University of The Andes, Mérida, Venezuela, where he taught Philosophy,
Buddhism, Asian Religions, Globalization and Asian Aesthetics and Arts.
He has offered conferences in many Universities across the Americas, Europe and Asia,
and has also led workshops and courses in many countries.
He managed “spiritual emergency refuges” where “psychotics” would go through the
natural self-healing process in which they unwillingly embarked, and has been an
ecological activist.
He is a member of the Board of the International Transpersonal Association; among shis

works on this subject, most recent and best known is the four-volume work The Beyond
Mind Papers: Transpersonal and Metatranspersonal Theory (Blue Dolphin, Nevada
City, CA, 2013). His most recent book is Chamanismo y Dzogchen (Barcelona, La
Llave, 2019).

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

Vajra Dans beginnerscursus 2019

Meditatie in beweging: De Vajra Dans voor het welzijn van alle wezens

met Stoffelina Verdonk

Deze beginnerscursus is de ideale mogelijkheid om deze bijzondere meditatie-oefening te leren. De cursus is ook geschikt voor dansers die hun dans willen opfrissen of verfijnen.

Ervaring met dans is niet vereist.

We leren de Vajra Dans voor het welzijn van alle wezens. Zie de video onderaan deze pagina.

De Vajra Dans is een meditatie-oefening met geluid en beweging. De dans is een methode om onze energie te harmoniseren, en de drie aspecten van ons wezen: lichaam, stem en geest, te integreren in een staat van meditatie of contemplatie.

De Vajra Dans wordt op een grote, vijf-kleurige Mandala beoefend, die de overeenkomst representeert tussen de innerlijke individuele dimensie en de uiterlijke wereld-dimensie.

Het geluid van sacrale klanken (mantra’s) die terug te vinden zijn in de oorspronkelijke teksten van het Dzogchen onderricht, coördineert de bewegingen. Bij speciale gelegenheden kunnen de dansers originele, veelkleurige Vajra Dans kostuums dragen.

De Vajra Dans is een onderdeel van het Dzogchen onderricht, dat wordt gegeven door de wereldwijd bekende Dzogchen meester Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Sinds 1991 heeft Chögyal Namkhai Norbu vijf verschillende Vajra Dansen onderwezen, die los van elkaar of gecombineerd kunnen worden beoefend.

Om de Dans van de Vajra te leren is het noodzakelijk een cursus te volgen met een gekwalificeerde instructeur van de Internationale Dzogchen Gemeenschap. Beoefenaars kunnen daarna op mandala’s over de hele wereld dansen.

Sinds 2011 is de Vajra Dans verbonden met de CID, de Internationale Dans Raad, die in 1973 door UNESCO werd opgericht.

Stoffelina Verdonk

Stoffelina is een van de meest ervaren Vajra Dans instructrices ter wereld. Ze danst al vanaf haar jeugd en is gediplomeerd moderne danser en lerares moderne dans.
Vanaf 1990 heeft zij de Vajra Dans geleerd en gedanst met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. In 1993 is zij door hem geautoriseerd als Vajra Dans instructrice. Daarna heeft ze samengewerkt om de Vajra Dans te onderwijzen, te dansen en te presenteren op vele plaatsen binnen en buiten de International Dzogchen Community.

Stoffelina: “De beoefening van Vajra Dans is zeer nuttig om te ontspannen en om opmerkzaamheid te ontwikkelen. De dans helpt te ervaren hoe we kunnen ontspannen in ons lichaam, stem en geest, met al onze beperkingen en capaciteiten; en het geluk te ervaren van samen bewegen, in goede omstandigheden, maar ook in meer complexe, of moeilijke momenten in ons leven. Dat allemaal geeft ons de mogelijkheid om onze werkelijke natuur te ontdekken.”

In 2015 werd ze door Chögyal Namkhai Norbu geautoriseerd als Santi Maha Sangha instructrice, en is ze begonnen introducties tot meditatie en geleide meditatie retraites te geven binnen en buiten de Dzogchen Community.


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

Tijdenschema (voorlopig, kleine wijzigingen zijn mogelijk)

  • Vrijdag 13 september 2019: 13:00 – 17.00 uur.
  • Zaterdag 14 september 2019: 10.00 – 13.00 uur en 15.00 – 18.00 uur.
  • Zondag 15 september 2019: 10.00 – 13.00 uur en 15:00 – 18.00 uur.


Voor de hele cursus vragen wij een donatie van 120 euro.
Korting: ordinary members van Dzogchen Community vragen wij een donatie van 100 euro.
Korting: sustaining members van Dzogchen Community vragen wij een donatie van 65 euro.
Indien je financiële problemen hebt, maar toch mee wilt doen, neem contact met ons op via

Aanmelding of vragen

Let op: er is beperkt ruimte in de cursus!
Stuur uw registratie of vragen naar

Video van deVajra Dans voor het welzijn van alle wezens

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.

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

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.

Korte cursus Yantra Yoga met Marc van Westreenen in Amsterdam

Rangdrolling nodigt jou uit voor een korte cursus Yantra Yoga gegeven door Marc van Westreenen. 

In deze korte cursus zullen de grondbeginselen van Yantra Yoga en  compleet harmonieuze ademhaling  worden doorgenomen en beoefend in 4 dagdelen:

Doe je mee?

Onderwerpen die aan bod komen, zijn:

  • De Negen ademhalingen
  • Tsigjong
  • Lungsang
  • Tweede Pranayamas van de Ritmische Ademhaling

Data (allen op zaterdag-ochtend):
17 en 31 oktober 2015
14 en 28 november 2015

Tijdstip: 09.30u – 12.30u

Lokatie: Rangdrolling, Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ, Amsterdam

Suggestie donatie: 80 EURO

Mocht je niet over de financiële middelen beschikken, neem gerust contact om in overleg deelname mogelijk te maken.


Eerste sessie, 17 oktober 2015: 
– Inleiding tot Yantra Yoga
Uitleg en beoefening van:
– Negen ademhalingen (Lungro Selwa)
– Tsigjong
– Begin met de acht bewegingen (Lungsang)
– Uitleg en beoefening van de tweede Pranayama ook wel Ritmische Ademhaling genoemd.

Tweede sessie, 31 oktober 2015:
– Evaluatie eerste sessie
– Vervolg uitleg en praktijk van Tsigjong en Lungsang
– Beoefenen van de tweede Pranayama

Derde sessie, 14 november 2015 
– Vervolg uitleg en praktijk van Tsigjong en Lungsang
– Beoefenen van de tweede pranayama.

Vierde sessie, 28 november 2015
– Vervolg uitleg en praktijk van Tsigjong en Lungsang
– Beoefenen van de tweede pranayama
– Samenvatting + Vragen

Voor wie bedoeld?
Deze cursus is geschikt voor degenen die kennis willen maken met Yantra Yoga en tevens voor de meer ervaren beoefenaars die hun praktijk willen verdiepen in Lungsang en de volledige ademhaling.

Informatie en/of inschrijven:
Je kan een e-mail sturen naar

Hopelijk tot ziens bij de cursus!

Warme groet,

Gakyil Rangdrolling


Santi Maha Sangha

sms_vase_01Santi Maha Sangha is een studie- en beoefeningstraject van tien niveau’s, dat door Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1994 begonnen is. Het doel van de Santi Maha Sangha, wat in de oude taal van Oddiyana “Dzogchen gemeenschap” betekent, is het garanderen van de voortzetting van het Dzogchen onderricht, zoals dat als eerste door Garab Dorje is doorgegeven. Na het basis niveau, waarvan de inhoud in het boek The Precious Vase staat, zijn er drie niveau’s gewijd aan de Semde, drie aan de Longde, en de laatste drie aan de Mennagde of Upadeshe serie van Dzogchen onderricht. De Santi Maha Sangha boeken bevatten de essentie van het Dzogchen onderricht en zijn met grote zorg samengesteld door Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Hij heeft hier vele jaren aan gewerkt. Het bestuderen ervan stelt ons dus in staat ons begrip van Dzogchen in al zijn aspecten te verdiepen.

De Santi Maha Sangha lerarenopleiding is gericht op studenten met een aanleg voor lesgeven. Echter, het basis niveau is open, en sterk aangeraden voor allen die geïnteresseerd zijn hun kennis van het Dzogchen onderricht te verdiepen. Er zijn al studenten die geautoriseerd zijn als leraren van het basis en eerste niveau.