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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. Today the Dzogchen Community has thousands of members in more than 40 countries.
The Community’s organization is also the result of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s vision: the Gars (the larger centers) and the Lings (the smaller centers) form a great Mandala (“circle”) which unites the different geographical areas of the world. Symbolically the Mandala represents, in this particular case, the places where the teaching is practiced. Within the vision of the Mandala there are no hierarchical relationships among the various Gars or Lings, or between Gars and Lings, but only a relationship of collaboration and cooperation. The Gars are linked to the Lings, which represent the fundamental core of the Community. Many of the Lings are located in large cities (such as Rome, Barcelona, New York and Moscow).
The Gars are: Dzamling Gar (The Global Gar in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain); Merigar (Merigar West in Italy and Merigar East in Romania); Tsegyalgar (Tsegyalgar East in Massachusetts, USA and Tsegyalgar West in Baja, Mexico); Tashigar (Tashigar North in Venezuela and Tashigar South in Argentina); Kunsangar (Kunsangar North in Moscow, Russia and Kunsangar South in Crimea, Ukraine) Namgyalgar (Namgyalgar North and South in Australia) and Samten Gar, Jiangxi Region – The Gar of Asia.
International Centers (Gars)
- Dzamling Gar – Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
- Merigar West – Europe (Italy)
- Merigar East – Europe (Romania)
- Kunsangar North – Russia
- Kunsangar South – Ukraine
- Samten Gar, Jiangxi Region Samten Gar – China Jiangxi region 2013 on Vimeo – The Gar of Asia
- Tsegyalgar East – North America (Massachusetts, USA)
- Tsegyalgar West – North America (Baja Sur, Mexico)
- Tashigar Norte – South America (Venezuela)
- Tashigar Sur – South America (Argentina)
- Namgyalgar – Oceania (Australia)
Local Centers (Lings)
- Berkeley, California – Dondrubling
- Chicago, Illinois
- New York, New York – Kundrolling
- Portland, Oregon
- Seattle, Washington
- Toronto, Ontario
- Czech Republic
- Great Britain
- Spain – Kundusling
- Brescia – Kunsalling
- Bologna – Desalling
- Milan – Dribselling
- Naples – Namdeling
- Rome – Zhenphenling
- Termoli – Adzamling
- Venice – Gyamtsholing
For more information please check: www.dzogchen.it
A.S.I.A. was created following a series of expeditions to India and Nepal (in 1978) and Tibet (in 1981 and 1988) by Prof. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and a group of his students. All were struck by the difficult economic and social conditions in which Tibetans lived and by the sharp decline of the traditional language and culture following the Chinese cultural revolution. In 1988, Prof. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his students founded A.S.I.A. (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), to preserve Tibetan culture and sustain the economic, social and cultural development both of the Tibetans still in China and of the refugees in India and Nepal.
- The Mirror – Newspaper of the International Dzogchen Community
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