In spirit of service to Master and Community, and in collaboration with all members of the Sangha, we endeavour to bring into practice Rinpoche's vision for the organisation of the International Dzogchen Community.

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Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

How to use internet in world-wide transmission preparation and explanation.

Question No. 1:
Is it possible to present videos and texts with explanation of the worldwide transmission on internet (on different websites of Gars or Lings), even if they will be protected to be accessible only to whose new people, who will register – they will leave their names and email addresses as a proof of real interest?

 

Answer from Rinpoche: BETTER NOT TO DO.

 

Question No. 2:

Is it possible sometimes (only if necessary, not always) to arrange explanations of the worldwide transmission on Skype videophone in different languages by some experienced senior practitioners or SMS teachers, if possible ? This will make the explanation available to people, living in remote areas or from countries, where there are no Dzogchen practitioners.
 

Answer from Rinpoche: IT’S OK BUT ONLY WITH SMS INSTRUCTORS

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Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

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Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

Organisation (9)

Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

Are there any costs associated with the IG?

The IG members do not receive any remuneration and expenses are kept to a bare minimum. There is provision in the IDC Statute for an Executive Director, which can be a paid position. Mark Farrington is currently acting as interim Executive Director on a volunteer basis, without being paid.

 

What is the ICC for?

 The International Coorodination Committee is made up of the members of the IDC Gakyil and the directors of all Gars and Lings. It is the main hub of communication and discussion between the IDC Gakyil and the Gakyils of Gars and Lings. At the moment it will be most active in the process of aligning membership and Statutes of Gars and Lings with IDC, and once that is achieved it will continue to be a forum for sharing and working together on projects and proposals as well as discussing and negotiating about services.

 

How many representatives can a Gar or Ling have on the ICC?

It can include more than one – for example, the Treasurer or other Yellow Gakyil member might also join, for discussing financial matters like membership etc

 

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Who will own the Gars and Lings?

Ownership of land and buildings and other assets of the local organisations will remain local.

 

 

 

Is this another layer of bureaucracy which will just need more money?

There should actually be cost savings by having shared infrastructure eg for the membership database and other IT. Also through the Skills bank function of the database, it will become easier to match member skills with what needs to be done- this increases possibilities for Karma Yoga.

 

 

Why are there no women on the international gakyil?

 

It is certainly very unusual in our Community- there are more often a majority of women on a Gakyil and in other positions of responsibility. Nevertheless Rinpoche constantly reminds us that the Teachings are beyond male and female, and even on that level it is more related with each individual working with their own solar and lunar energy. We are all of us Dakini and Deva both.

Not so many people applied for the IG, and in particular not so many women. The women who did apply and were qualified later withdrew their applications due to the amount of work and travel commitments involved.

One thing is certain- if one equates “male’ with “authoritarian”, then this Gakyil is most certainly not “male”!

Finance (3)

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

What about the membership fee?

 The bulk of the membership fee will still go to your Gar. If you have a Ling, this may get back say 30% of your membership as at present. The IDC will also need some smaller percentage of the membership fee only to provide the bare cost of its services (such as the Webcast). The precise amounts need to be discussed and agreed with Gakyils of Gars and Lings, through the International Coordination Committee.

 

 

Communication (2)

How will the IG be communicating with members?

 Through norbunet, mirror online, The Mirror, local networks, and of course this website. The most important communication is in person, and we are happy to meet and talk with everyone whenever the possibility arises

 

What about members who don’t speak English?

 We do not have a good translation tool for this website yet- as much as possible we ask that important communications be translated for local networks, and it is wonderful to hear how much this is already being done

 

Membership (9)

Will I still be a member of my own Gar, and Ling?

Some members currently belong only to a Ling, and some only to a Gar. There is no reason for this to change, except growth and development. The general principle is that a member of the IDC would also be a member of their nearest Ling if there is one and through the Ling also to a Gar, or directly a member of their nearest Gar.

 

 

Will there be an extra membership fee for IDC?

 There will be a need for a small proportion of the existing membership fee to go to IDC, in the same way that a Ling now receives a share of its membership income. The IDC share will only be enough to cover the costs of the services it provides, such as webcast.

 

Will the payment our Gar makes for the Mirror now be part of our contribution to IDC?

Yes, that can be incorporated into a single payment from the Gar to the IDC- provision of the Mirror will become a responsibility/service of IDC.

 

 

Will it be possible for someone to become a member of IDC without joining a Gar?

If someone joins the IDC directly, they will automatically become a member of their nearest Gar (and also Ling if there is one nearer than the Gar)- you cannot be a member of IDC with out being connected with a Gar and/or Ling.

Who will collect the membership fee?

It is hoped that the Gakyils of the Gars will continue to process membership fees, passing some back to the Lings, and a smaller proportion to the IDC

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

What about the membership fee?

 The bulk of the membership fee will still go to your Gar. If you have a Ling, this may get back say 30% of your membership as at present. The IDC will also need some smaller percentage of the membership fee only to provide the bare cost of its services (such as the Webcast). The precise amounts need to be discussed and agreed with Gakyils of Gars and Lings, through the International Coordination Committee.

 

 

Who can access my personal details on the database?

You can access them and update yourself as needed- otherwise they are available to your local membership coordinator and the IDC membership coordinator

 

 

 

Teaching (4)

Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

How to use internet in world-wide transmission preparation and explanation.

Question No. 1:
Is it possible to present videos and texts with explanation of the worldwide transmission on internet (on different websites of Gars or Lings), even if they will be protected to be accessible only to whose new people, who will register – they will leave their names and email addresses as a proof of real interest?

 

Answer from Rinpoche: BETTER NOT TO DO.

 

Question No. 2:

Is it possible sometimes (only if necessary, not always) to arrange explanations of the worldwide transmission on Skype videophone in different languages by some experienced senior practitioners or SMS teachers, if possible ? This will make the explanation available to people, living in remote areas or from countries, where there are no Dzogchen practitioners.
 

Answer from Rinpoche: IT’S OK BUT ONLY WITH SMS INSTRUCTORS

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

Services (2)

What are the benefits for the Community?

 There will be cost savings and savings in time and effort for Gakyils and members around the world, freeing us to practice and follow the precious teachings. Less time spent on administration can also free energy for cooperative work projects like Tsegyalgar East paper making and farm collective.

 

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

Yantra yoga (3)

Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

Vajra Dance (3)

Are there guidelines regarding whom can be invited to teach at a Dzogchen Community-organised event?

Yes, these are the guidelines: Dzogchen Community organises Teachings by Rinpoche, and courses by authorised instructors of Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance, and that is all.

Is there still any use for the term “guest membership”?

There is could still be one possible use for the term ‘guest membership’. In some countries I understand that Public Liability Insurance can be much cheaper for events which are “members only”. So it is conceivable that even for a retreat with Rinpoche where there may be no charge, we could offer ‘guest membership’ valid only for the event itself, maybe with a nominal fee (like one euro) simply to meet legal requirements. Such membership would last only for the duration of the event. But this is something to do with working with local circumstances, it is not a kind of membership from our point of view!

Closed courses

In the Community, we organize open events, then events for those who have received the Transmission and events for those who have joined the Community.  To avoid confusion and make sure we’re all on the same page, please clarify what is the suggested way to announce the events of the 3rd type.   For example:  Closed course for Dzogchen Community members    or Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders  First is shorter and provokes less questions. Second is longer, requires the knowledge of the DC structure, but is more exact.

Closed course for Dzogchen Community members and Welcome Card Holders is definitely the most accurate way to advertise events which are only for those who have joined the Community.

Collaboration (2)

How can I support the work of the IG?

 Watch out for communications calling for people to join and collaborate for particular projects, committees etc. In due course there will be an opportunity to register on the Skill seek section of the database and offer your skills to the Community, on whatever basis and according to your available time.

 

How does this new structure of the IDC enhance collaboration through the community?

 The feeling of being interconnected through common belonging to an international organisation  should increase. The development of a common organisational structure including website, database and skill seek facility are not in themselves something which will enhance our working together, it is our own attitude which is fundamental. With a positive attitude, and with the structure and means to really connect and communicate very well with each other, many things become possible and everything can manifest very well!.