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  • 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!
  • 17 Jan 2014 10:31 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    Lama Surya
    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) (email us to request)
  • 13 Jan 2014 3:40 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Check out the new Dzogchen Center national website at www.dzogchen.org
  • 15 Nov 2013 1:43 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Once or twice a year, we offer a day of meditation practice, chanting and community. Join us tomorrow (Saturday, November 16th) in Irvine for this popular free day of joy, sacred space, fellowship - and awakening.

    All are welcome - the event is appropriate both for those new to spiritual exploration and for experienced practitioners, as well as those of any religious affiliation or none.

    Rental of the venue has kindly been donated by a dear friend of the group. There is no charge (donations of any amount toward other costs welcome).

    Space is still available; you can find out more details and register here to be sure of a place.

    Teachings and practice will include natural meditation (guided and silent), opening directly to our innate wisdom and loving-kindness - as well as chanting and guidance in the psychologically-astute practice of Vajrasattva, the Buddha-archetype exemplifying purification, release of guilt and self-forgiveness.

    We hope you may be able to join us for this uplifting day together!
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