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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.

Vajra Dance of the Song of the Vajra Weekend

August 31, September 1&2 in Amsterdam with Stoffelina Verdonk

Rangdrolling Amsterdam is exited to announce the next Vajra Dance of The Song of the Vajra weekend in our series, specially suitable for refreshing and learning this Dance. It is the third weekend and we are starting the second half of the Dance. We will repeat what we have learned before and start from Sambharatha on.

A special element of this course is its focus on learning the correct rhythm and way of singing of the Song of the Vajra. 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, sing 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. Then the new Pawo start learning the steps and the Pamo sing etc.

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: http://vajradance.net/stoffelinaverdonk/

Place and Time
Location: Studio 14, Broedplaats HW10
Address: Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, Amsterdam.

Time Schedule (provisional):
Friday August 31: 13:30 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 21:00
Saturday September 1: 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00
Sunday September 2: 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 17:00 (practice only)

Costs
Requested donation for the whole weekend is 100 euro.
If you have financial limitations, this should not be a reason not to participate. Please contact us in this case.

Payment details:
Paypal: info@dzogchen.nl

Bank:
Account number IBAN: NL72 INGB 0006 0658 80
In name of: Int. Dzogchen Gemeenschap van Rangdrolling
Reference message: Vajra Dance Weekend

Contact
If you have any questions and/or want to register, please contact us on info@dzogchen.nl

Hope to see you on the Mandala!

Rangdrolling Vajra Dance Team

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!

Chöd retreat July 27-31 with Steven Landsberg

This retreat  will primarily focus on the  practise of Chöd.  We will practise the melodies, the use of the ritual instruments and do a word by word explanation of the textual material according to Chogyal Namkhai Norbu’s arrangement of the practise.  During the course there will also be explanations of some of the principle points regarding  view, meditation, and conduct.

 

Location: Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration via email: info@rangdrolling.nl
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention Chod Retreat
Price: sustaining € 100.-  ; ordinary € 140.-
Early bird price: sustaining € 70.-  ; ordinary € 120.- (before June, 30th)

Fri, 27  19:00-21:00
Introduction Session
Sat, 28  10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00
Sun, 29  10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00
Mon, 30  10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00
Tue, 31  10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

Steven’s BIO:

Steven Landsberg began studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1967 whilst he was living in India.  He also  spent two years studying Sanskrit and Tibetan and many years doing preliminary practices.

In 1982, he attended his first retreat with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and began practising under his guidance.  After having  studied and practised  the Base Level, he passed the exam in 1996. He has  continued to pursue his study and practise of SMS since that time and was authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to teach  in August 2010.  Since then, he has been giving  courses on various aspects of the SMS base level as well as public courses on mindfulness and the application of presence and how these skills can be generally useful.

If you have any questions: contact us!

Gakyil of Rangdrolling

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: http://vajradance.net/stoffelina-verdonk/

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)

Costs
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:
Paypall: info@dzogchen.nl

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

Contact
If you have any questions and/or want to register, please contact us on info@dzogchen.nl

Hope to see you on the Mandala!

Gakyil of Rangdrolling

Open Yantra Yoga Course Spring 2018

 

Registration Yantra Yoga Open Course – Deadline 4th May

This is an Introduction Course to Yantra Yoga with Marc van Westreenen, organized specially for newcomers and beginners

One of the most ancient recorded systems of yoga in the world, Yantra Yoga was
first taught in Tibet in the eighth century. It has been preserved in its unadulterated form to this day, and as an excellent method for attaining optimal health andrelaxation is just as relevant for the contemporary world. Emphasizing the coordination of breath and movement, Yantra Yoga helps us learn meditation through experience.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, an eminent Tibetan scholar and Dzogchen master, first began to teach Yantra Yoga to Western students in the early 1970s. Courses are now taught all over the world by a growing number of instructors accredited in a rigorous training and examination process supervised by the two main instructors
appointed by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti.

1st WEEKEND

Friday, 25 May 1 session 20:00-22:00
Saturday, 26 May 2 sessions 10.00- 12.30 & 15.00 – 17.30

2nd WEEKEND

Friday, 8 June 1 session 20:00-22:00
Saturday, 9 June 2 sessions 10.00- 12.30 & 15.00 – 17.30

This course consists of two weekends and it covers the preliminary practices of Yantra Yoga. You will learn:

· Basic warm-up exercises

· Nine purification breathings – is a pranayama used for exhaling the stale air at the beginning of our practise , it also trains for complete breathing.

· Tsigjong. In Tsigjong we work with the joints and the sense doors. It is made up of 5 movements combined with rapid breathing.

· Lungsang. Main part of the course is a set of 8 exercises called Lungsang, or purifying the prana. Each movement teaches a different way of breathing or retention of the breath. By learning Lungsang we are introduced to one of the main characteristics of Yantra Yoga: The breathing guides the movement, and the movements shape the breathing.

· Tsandul. Last part of the preliminaries practices is Tsandul.
Tsandul has two parts, a pranayama and 5 movements. These exercises prepare and train the channels for more advanced Yantra’s and breath-work.

If you are interested to learn more about Yantra Yoga then it is the best to follow both weekends. Then you will receive the complete preliminaries and you have a base for deepening your practise.

*This is a rare oportunity to learn Tibetian Yoga of movement. There probably won’t be organised other beginner’s courses any soon (by us).

Location: Veemarkt 151, 1019 CC Amsterdam
Price: Course (2 weekends – 6 sessions) – 100 euro
1st weekend (3 sessoons) – 65 euro with a possibility to join 2nd weekend for 45 euros
Deadline: 1st May
Registration: info@rangdrolling.nl

For general information about Yantra yoga: http://www.yantrayoga.net/

Yantra Yoga helps coordinate body, energy, and mind while making us more
balanced and free from tension. When we have a more relaxed mind, it is possible to
have a better, more harmonious, and healthy life.
– Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If you have any questions or you know that you are going to join the course for sure, please let us know: contact us!

Gakyil of Rangdrolling

UPDATED | 7th Lojong Retreat May 10-13 with Zoltan Cser

The 7th Lojong involves training in the state beyond thought by means of pleasure and emptiness, training in the state beyond thought by means of clarity and emptiness, and training in the ultimate nature of phenomena completely beyond thought. Zoli would like to give an experimental retreat, where we are focusing to the practice. The 7th Lojong is the supreme method in order to start on the path of contemplation, with this practices we can gain experience about a pure instant presence, beyond mind. . Tummo means inner heat, and also related with a method of 7th Lojong. With Tummo we can find meditative stability through joy and emptiness, so this is a very important practice. Beside sitting we will do different practices, breathing, doing Yantra Yoga, and dance of the 12 A .

May, 10
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

18:30 Chöd (Everybody is welcome!)

May, 11
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

18:30 Chöd (Everybody is welcome!)

May, 12
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

18:30 Chöd (Everybody is welcome!)

May, 13
10.00 – 13.00
15.00 – 18.00

After retreat time we finish with Chöd, so the ones who can’t participate can come and join Chöd practice with everybody. Please come!

Location: Rangdrolling (Overbrakerpad 2, 1014 AZ Amsterdam)
Registration via email: info@rangdrolling.nl
IBAN: NL72INGB0006065880 with mention 7th Lojong Retreat
Price: sustaining € 85.-  ; ordinary € 130.-
Early bird price: sustaining € 55.-  ; ordinary € 110.- (before 25th April)

Zoltan’s BIO:

Zoltan “Zoli” Cser comes from Hungary, he was working as a vicerector at the Dharmagate Buddhist College in Budapest, now he is director.

He started to practice Buddhism in 1986 in a Chan lineage, he met our Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu first time in 2002.

Zoli is the member of the International Dzogchen Community continously from 2004. In 2013 he became second level Vajradance instructor, in 2015 SMS Base instructor  and in 2016 Yantra Yoga second level instructor.

If you have any questions: contact us!

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.

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

ademhaling.

Lungsang
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.

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

Kosten
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

Tijdschema
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.

Registreren
Via een e-mail naar info@rangdrolling.nl

Betaalinfo
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 www.yantrayoga.org

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.