alpha wrote:Could someone explain or give some details about Santi Maha Sangha Program?
There is not much detail out there about how one goes about joining,about whether you have to go to courses or learn it from books?
The base you can learn from the book "The Precious Vase". Or I should say try learning since everything may not be so easy to understand. There are courses on it given by SMS teachers but it's not mandatory to attend. There is one exam to pass after each level, the location is not always same and it's about two times a year I think. For the exam you have to apply two or so months before the exam by filling out a form, it should be on Merigar website. For each level it's necessary to do some karma yoga too.
After the exam there are teachings and empowerment on the next level from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, this you have to attend. Don't know how much it costs. Next to learning intellectually you have to complete some practices for each level. There is the base level plus nine levels after that. Rinpoche hasn't taught more than the 4th level so far.