Making a Namkha to harmonise the energy of the elements according to the teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Amsterdam, Feb 24th to Feb 26th, and Mar 1st 
with an open talk on Feb 23rd
with Liane Gräf

Namkha in Tibetan means space. Space is the element offering the base from which the other 4 elements (air, fire, water and earth), and therefore all phenomena, can manifest and interact. Namkha is also the name of the beautiful artifact that we will build during this course, using wooden sticks tied together and laced through by coloured cotton threads, chosen and crossed according to our personal energy and elements.

In our existence we can encounter all sorts of conflicts and problems. With the Namkha we harmonise the conflictual relations between our own elements, and we influence directly, and in a positive way, the circumstances of our daily lives.

As a result, our vital energy is strengthened, our health improved and we can face more easily anything that might occur in life.

Each personal Namkha is based on specific astrological calculations and reveals the energetic aspects of each individual. Once empowered, through a sacred ceremony conducted by Dzogchen practitioners, the Namkha becomes the embodiment of one’s life energy and elements, upholding, balancing, strenghtening and protecting our vital functions, fortune, and capacities in relation with the environment.


Methods to make a Namkha were already practised within Bön, the pre-buddhist culture inhabiting the Himalayas: in his work the Dzogchen Master and Professor of Tibetan and Mongolian language and literature Chögyal Namkhai Norbu proved through extensive historical, linguistic and archeological research, that the knowledge of the Namkha could date back to the Kingdom of Shang Shung, already thousands of years earlier. Although no traditional text that explains the principle and practical application of this harmonisation exists, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018) described already in 1983 in detail this extremely important method for harmonizing the conflicts between the elements that may occur during one’s lifetime and for increasing and expanding all positive and favorable circumstances. These instructions contain also specific adjustments for men and women, and their children.

The Course 

During the course we will learn how to identify the 8 individual aspects, through the 3 fundamental components of Tibetan Astrology: the cycle of the 12 animals, the 5 elements, and the 9 Mewas. Having calculated our natal chart, we will observe the interactions between the 5 elements, in our physical body, vital force, capacity and fortune, and how these play out in our life.

At the end of the course each participant will have completed their own Namkha, have it empowered through the specific ceremony, and ready to be placed in their homes.


Thu, Feb 23
19:00 – 21:00 – Open Talk
Marvellous worlds: Tibetan Astrology and the interdependence of the 5 elements, the 12 animals and the Mewas in the fabric of reality.

Fri, Feb 24 – Workshop Session 1
19:00 – 21:00
Geometry and proportions of the Namkha
Preparation of the wooden frame

Sat-Sun, Feb 25-26
Calculating the personal elements and aspects based on the natal chart
Working with the coloured threads through the Namkha until the final harmonisation of the Lha, the protective energy

Mon-Tue, Feb 27-28
Course pause – until the correct moon phase/auspicious day for empowerment 
Mostly by now all Namkhas will be ready. If some of the students have delays in the making of their Namkha, these 2 days will allow the instructor to work with them personally or on their behalf towards the completion, in time for the final ceremony.

Wed, Mar 1
19:00 – 20:30
Empowerement ceremony
The completed Namkhas are empowered in the sacred ceremony conducted by Dzogchen practitioners.
The elements now dwell balanced and protected in the personal Namkha.

End of the course.

LocationDzogchen Community of Rangdrolling
Overbrakerpad 2, Amsterdam Westerpark



The Instructor
Liane Gräf led her first Namkha course in Naples in 1998 and since then she has continued collaborating with the Dzogchen Community, making available to the interested students, in several places around all of Europe, her detailed and careful preparation and ability. 
She learnt the theory and the technique of Namkha making from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and deepened her understanding under the guidance of Maria Rita Leti and studying, during the years, with several Tibetan astrologers. Born in Germany in 1959, she lives close to the Dzogchen centre of Merigar West since 1991, taking care of her farm and guest house.

The course is open for all. Interested participants who have not received Dzogchen transmission by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu or Yeshi Namkhai will require their Namkha to be empowered during the final sacred ceremony by the practitioners of the Dzogchen Community.

Course Fees

Non members of the International Dzogchen Community:

– early bird before January 15th 2023: 250€
– fee after this date: 275€

Members of the International Dzogchen Community:

– early bird before January 15th 2023: 195€
– fee after this date: 220€

– early bird before January 15th 2023: 120€
– fee after this date: 135€

– early bird before January 15th 2023: 50€
– fee after this date: 55€

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In case of financial hardship that prevents covering the fees, the Dzogchen Community welcomes anyone with a donation.

Questions? Assistance? Financial difficulties to cover the full fee?
Contact 0031648733923 or email