Event : Teaching on Dark Retreat by Namkhai Norbu
Date : August 19—23
Venue : Merigar West, Italy
Address : Associazione Culturale Comunità Dzogchen
Localita' Pod.Nuovissimo, Arcidosso, GR 58031, Italy
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=5 ... ne+Cultura\
Merigar West Website : http://www.dzogchen.it/merigar-west
Dzogchen Community Website : http://www.dzogchen.it/
A special Teaching: "Dzogchen Yangti" Those wishing to participate in this
retreat must make a direct request to Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
(chnamkhai@...). Those admitted to the retreat will be contacted directly
by the Merigar West Gakyil after they have received the list of authorized
people from the Master.
Dark Retreat in the Himalayan tradition is a restricted practice only to be
engaged by the senior spiritual practitioner under appropriate spiritual
guidance. This practice is considered conducive for navigating the bardo at the
time of death and for realising the rainbow body. The traditional dark retreat
requires stability in the natural state and is only suitable for advanced
practitioners. Ayu Khandro and Dilgo Khyentse are examples of modern, if not
contemporary, practitioners of significant periods of Dark Retreat sadhana.
Merigar West, the European Gar, is located on the slopes of Mt. Amiata in
Tuscany. It was founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1981 and was the first
centre of the Dzogchen Community. Merigar means "place of the fire mountain".
The Gar is spread over an area of about fifty hectares and is bordered by Monte
Amiata to the Northeast and Monte Labbro to the Southwest. Originally, the only
habitable structure on the land was the farmhouse. It has been renovated and
remodelled over the years. Now called the Serkhang (the golden house), it
contains the office, the refectory, a shop and accommodation for the custodian
A new building was constructed to house a library with an important collection
of Tibetan texts as well as the Mandala hall where the Vajra Dance is practiced.
Cabins where members can do personal retreats were built in the centre of a
forest grove.The Gonpa, or Temple of the Great Contemplation, was completed in 1990 and
inaugurated by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.