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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born in Derghe, eastern Tibet, in 1938. As a child he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924) and later by the sixteenth Karmapa as a reincarnation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), the first Dharmaraja of Bhutan.

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The Dzogchen teachings are neither a philosophy, nor a religious doctrine, nor a cultural tradition. Understanding the message of the teachings means discovering one’s own true condition stripped of all the self-deceptions and falsifications which the mind creates.

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The Dzogchen Community is made up of those who are interested in following and practicing the Dzogchen teachings. It was founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Italy in the second half of the seventies and rapidly developed in various countries around the world, taking on a completely international dimension.



The Dzogchen Community is a broad association of people brought together by a common interest in the teaching of Dzogchen Ati; who follow it under the guidance of a master possessing authentic knowledge of the state of Dzogchen; who study and practice, each according to his or her own capacity, the Tantras, the Lungs, and the Upadeshas; and who further the circumstances necessary for these activities.

The Dzogchen Community is sustained by membership and donations. Any person, male or female, who is interested in the Dzogchen teaching and wishes to give birth in him or herself to the understanding of this profound path, and wants to take part in the Community, can become a member.

Membership fees are an expression of commitment and a means to share financial responsibility. There are various levels of membership, each offering discounts on courses and retreats, subscription to the Community publication The Mirror, and access to open and closed webcasts.

Our activities are another important aspect of the contributions we make as members. The path is like a boat. In a boat someone is coordinating and taking responsibility, and the others in the boat need to collaborate until they arrive. We are traveling in order to have total realization. One of our main practices is to be aware and know how to work with the circumstances. So it is very important that we communicate with each other and collaborate, never forgetting where we are departing from and where we want to get to.

Community members generally join the Gar or Ling with which they are most closely associated. The Gars are larger centers for the individual continents, the Lings are smaller centers, often based in major cities.

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