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  • 02 Jul 2014 2:48 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Each Sunday afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm the group gathers in Dana Point at the beautiful Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala (by kind invitation of their Director, Diana Christinson) to focus on the renowned Mind-Training meditation tradition from India and Tibet ("Lojong"), with the guidance of teachers Daniela and Christopher.  

    These practices, which have been handed down in an unbroken lineage for more than 1,000 years, provide a skillful way to work with the difficulties of life, opening our hearts and revealing the innate wisdom and goodness within us all. This is the path of awakening in everyday life, every step of the way.

    A three-stage approach to development is taken: 

    1. reading or listening to a teaching; 
    2. discussion; and 
    3. practice

    There are many good texts available that deal with these practices. Feel free to choose whichever one (or more) appeal to you; that way we can discuss a variety of interpretations of each of the 59 maxims that form the heart of the mind-training tradition.

    Suggested texts include:
    Awakening the Buddha Within, by Lama Surya Das (Step Two: Right Intentions, pp 151-160 Lo-Jong)
    Start Where You Are, by Pema Chodron
    Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on Lojong, by Norman Fischer
    Training the Mind, by Chogyam Trungpa
    The Practice of Lojong, by Traleg Kyabgon
    The Great Path of Awakening, by Jamgon Kongtrul (trans. Ken McLeod)
    Buddhism with an Attitude, by Alan Wallace

    Whichever book you choose to work with, it will be helpful (but not essential) to read the relevant part dealing with the next maxim or pith instruction, before each Sunday's discussion. Come as often as you can, but if you need to miss one or more sessions, you can simply keep your study and practice of Lojong going with the book until the next time you come.

    Don't be afraid to join in mid-series: the teachings can be helpful no matter where you start on the path.


  • 02 Jul 2014 1:36 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Since teachers will be in retreat with Lama Surya Das at the Dzogchen Center Summer Retreat on this date, the Sunday group meeting will not be held on July 13th, 2014. Regular Sunday afternoon meetings will resume on July 20th.

  • 16 Jun 2014 6:15 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    Our website provider has informed us that this site will be offline and unavailable for 10 hours or so, starting on Friday night, June 20th, at 11 pm.

    This is to enable a behind-the-scenes upgrade to the code which runs the site.

    Accordingly it may not be possible to reach this site on Friday night until around 9 or 10 am on Saturday morning.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • 15 May 2014 11:16 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Our popular Sunday afternoon sessions will resume on June 15th. We will meet each Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, by generous invitation of their Director, Diana Christinson.

    This series will focus on the study, discussion and practice of Lojong, the 1,000-year-old mind training and attitude refinement practice from India and Tibet. Read this post for more about Lojong, and suggested reading materials.

    This series open to all, newcomers are welcome at any time, and there is no charge. Further details are available in the Events section.




  • 17 Apr 2014 8:39 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    We're all looking forward to Sunday, April 27th when the group will be meeting at Alta Laguna for an outdoor meditation teaching and practice with glorious views in both directions: over the ocean out to Catalina, and over Orange County to the Santa Ana Mountains.

    For more details on this wonderful event, click here.

    Meditation will be followed by a community Pot Luck Picnic in Alta Laguna Park.

    Check out the breathtaking pictures for the location here.

    We hope you can join us for both (or either one) of these friendly gatherings!

  • 26 Mar 2014 11:47 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    We've posted a photo of the main Thangka and Altar at Dzogchen Osel Ling on Instagram.

    The Thangka depicts:
    Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), with Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal
    Above Guru Rinpoche is Buddha Amitabha.
    Below Guru Rinpoche are Dzogchen Masters Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa.

    On the Altar, surrounding Buddha Shakyamuni, are photos of (from left to right):
    Back row:
    HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
    HH the 16th Karmapa
    HH Dudjom Rinpoche
    HE Kalu Rinpoche
    Front row:
    Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
    HH the 17th Karmapa
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama
    Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

  • 26 Mar 2014 6:42 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Lama Surya regularly posts something new on his blog.

    Recent additions include reflections on his visit with Ram Dass in Maui, and on Prayer.

    They can be found here.
  • 19 Mar 2014 10:12 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    A recent study by the Center for Compassion, Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University shows that acts of kindness and pro-social behaviors cause "elevation" in those who witness them. Compassion is contagious.

    Merely being in the presence of compassionate action between others is sufficient to cause a boost to the observer: lower levels of stress, anger and depression; higher levels of mindfulness, flourishing and compassion.

    For more details, see this article in the Huffington Post.

  • 03 Feb 2014 10:14 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Instagram FeedFollow DzogchenLA on Instagram for photos from the joyful and well-attended retreat led by Lama Surya Das in Costa Mesa, CA this past weekend, and other enlivening pictures. We'll be adding more regularly.
  • 31 Jan 2014 9:16 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    For full information about his Friday evening "Ask the Lama" presentation and Saturday One-Day Retreat (January 31st/February 1st) in Costa Mesa, CA please click this link:

    Natural Meditation & the Practice of Presencing: Integrating Spirituality into Everyday Life

    Students are welcome to attend FREE OF CHARGE, and generous scholarships are available for anyone else lacking funds to register for the event(s).

    There is still space available: doors open at 6.45 pm on Friday, and 9.15 am on Saturday.
    Registration at the door is by cash or check only (no credit cards).

    We look forward to seeing you at the event!



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