t.k. teaching the esoteric contemplative Dzogchen Tantra of Dorje Trollo at Tsogyelgar’s Summer Retreat. "God has not created us for self-dominion, but as instruments of his wonder." – The mystic Jacob Boehme
The inner Tantric yogas of the subtle body turn appearance and embodiment into wisdom bliss. They are a direct powerful system of yoga as alchemical transformation. The system used at Tsogyelgar combines the practices of both Tantra and Dzogchen of the Buddhist and Bonpo traditions.
An esoteric school is a microcosm of all life. It does not exclude but includes every aspect of experience and transforms them from “ordinary” into vehicles for spiritual realization. - t.k.
Tantric practice works with the subtle energies of alchemical transformation using light and sound as tools for contemplative mediation and the awakening of direct gnostic revelation.
Contemplative and meditative traditions thrive in environments designed specifically for deep and sustained transmission and practice. For 30 years the land at Tsogyelgar as been designed and empowered to be a sanctuary of wisdom and revelation.
Tantra works with the whole human being. The outer world, the subtle inner energies, the social, and the deep alone of meditative contemplation. All aspects of life are woven into a single whole whose intention is realization of the undying bliss of enlightened wisdom.
Here t.k. is teaching at a school for yogis deep in the mountains on the border of Tibet. t.k. was invited here as a Nyingmapa lineage holder of Dzogchen and Tantric teachings to instruct and bless the young yoginis and yogis.
Tantra is alchemy. It is the transformation of the delusion’s heavy lead quality into the light wisdom quality of sunlight’s gold. Tantra and Dzogchen are magic. They transmute death into life, untruth into truth, suffering into wisdom bliss.” - t.k.
The methods of the path accomplish two aims. 1. Enlightenment for oneself 2. For the sake of all sentient beings. Tantra includes methods for working with the subtle aspects of the meta-ecology we live in.
The path begins with a thorough exploration of the imagined self in the context of meditative practices. It is only when ones image of oneself and the reality of oneself are in line with each other that wisdom transformation can take place.
Tsogyelgar runs a bakery, a creamery, and an organic farm as part of a Right Livelihood program which supports those who live in retreat.
t.k. has always kept the community of students at no more than 108 so that he can work personally with each student at the level which most benefits them. “The way is not an assembly line, not mechanistic, it is a living organic process of growth.” - t.k.
The community of contemplative practitioners who make up Tsogyelgar includes University professors, artists, farmers, bakers, IT professionals, parents, retreat yogis, doctors, university students, 2nd and even 3rd generation practitioners.
Your own mind, your body, speech, qualities, activities are the not what you think. They are a play of unutterable wisdom bliss. It is the being obligation debt of each human to realize the mystery which is human birth. - t.k.
A family of bears on the retreat land owned by Tsogyelgar in West Virginia. Here yogis live in solitary mountain retreat dedicating themselves to extensive practice and yogic activity.
The land itself at Tsogyelgar has become pervaded by blessing force. It has become the body of the Buddha Yeshe Tsogyel for whom it is named.
For the Tantric practitioner, married life, so called worldly life, is no impediment at all. The skillful means of Tantra and the extreme radical vision of Dzogchen make possible the transformation, transmutation which recognizes appearances as divine.
The great female mystic, yogini, and Buddha Yeshe Tsogyel who helped to establish the systems of Tantra and Dzogchen in Tibet, India, and Nepal.