Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The Importance of Being Present

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: “The principle of the Dzogchen teaching is, that is, being forever in the state of the contemplation, in our real nature”.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The Importance of Being Present

After finishing Ati guruyoga what should you do? We do not have any kind of rule that says, “In the Dzogchen teaching you should do this or that”. Dzogchen teaching is beyond rules.

In the Dzogchen teaching the rule is that you are present. You are not distracted. This is what you should learn. This is the second most important thing in the Dzogchen teaching. Continue reading »

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Santi Maha Sangha

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Buddha taught that suffering is an effect and has its cause, if you discover the cause and work with cause, there is the possibility to overcome.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Santi Maha Sangha 


Good evening everybody. This is the first day of the Santi Maha Sangha training, but today everybody is participating. I am only giving an introduction, not a particular teaching of Santi Maha Sangha. This is also the Day of the Dakini, so we also need to do a Ganapuja. Before we do a Ganapuja, I want to introduce what doing a retreat of Santi Maha Sangha means.

Many of you don’t know what Santi Maha Sangha is. Why do many people want to do Santi Maha Sangha? Many people say it is because they want to be a teacher. Continue reading »

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The 27 Commitments

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: I will not only keep these commitments only for a few days, but until I have total realization relationships with people, relationships with students, will always exist, so I will keep them.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The 27 Commitments

Namgyalgar, Third Level Training, March 31, 2000

Now I have to say something about my personal commitments. It is very important that my students, particularly in Santi Maha Sangha, know this principle. This principle is not only something I write down to say, “This is my commitment”. I apply them. I wrote these commitments when I started to teach Dzogchen. In the beginning I taught Buddhist teaching in general, also Tantrism, and information in the University. Also ISMEO (Istituto Studi Medio Estremo Oriente) sometimes organized some kind of public lectures. Those subjects were no problem.

Then, later, many people asked me to teach Dzogchen teaching. So in this case, teaching means I am showing the path, and students apply and follow, and they try to have realization. So that is not only for my students, but for myself also. I am still in the human dimension. I am in samsara just like you. There is not much difference. Maybe I have a little more experience of Dzogchen teaching and knowledge. That is true. But we are all in samsara. So we need realization. To have realization we need the path. We need to apply the path, follow the path, in the correct way. Otherwise we could not have realization. So then when I am going to teach someone, “to teach,” means I am working with transmission, working with my path, which is what I am following. Continue reading »

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Man, Medicine, and Society

Namkha Norbu: “The best thing is for the individuals to become a little bit aware about their own existence, which includes body, speech, and mind.”

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Man, Medicine, and Society

You may have noticed that on the poster for our conference there is a figure that may look like either a man or a woman. It depicts Yuthog Yönten Gönpo the Elder, one of the most famous and important Tibetan doctors of the past, who we think lived towards the end of the seventh century CE. Tibetans consider this doctor a Master. I have personally met many masters, spiritual masters, that is. For instance, I spent five or six years in a college where we studied mainly Buddhist philosophy, but the master of our college was a great doctor under whom I studied for the first time the famous Four Tantras of Tibetan medicine.

Later on, I was on the border between China and Eastern Tibet, where I met another teacher who was very famous as a spiritual master, and not so much as a doctor, but who was, in truth, also a great doctor. I studied under him the Four Medical Tantras again. Lastly, I met the man who was for me one of the most important spiritual teachers. Continue reading »

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Physical Body and Mind

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: When we observe ourselves, we can discover how many limitations we have, how these limitations create many problems, and we can free ourselves from those problems.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Relationship Between Physical Body and Mind

I am very happy to be here with all of you. This is the first time I have been in this place. In general most of the time I live in Tenerife. My origin is Tibetan and I received all my education when I was in Tibet. When I was 20 years old I came to India and two years later I was invited by the famous Tibetologist, Giuseppe Tucci, to Italy, and worked at the university in Italy for many years. As you know, for many centuries Tibet remained isolated and for that reason ancient spiritual knowledge and many ancient sciences have remained as they were up to this moment. Continue reading »