“·… a harmonious, healthy and happy life”

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The Adeje mayor said this kind of personal development and humanism was essential in today’s superficial world

The International Mindfulness Network, in partnership with the Dzogchen community, based in Adeje, celebrated a weekend of Open Mindfulness, training the mind and examining the science of contemplation. The Rimay congregation community and the University of La Laguna also took part in the organisation of this event which was opened by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and the meditation master and humanist, Denys Rinpoche.

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The mayor welcomed all those gathered in the Adeje cultural centre for the inaugural session of the event which was open to the public. “We are delighted to host this event in Adeje, an event which contributes to personal development, particularly important today in a society which seems to embrace superficiality, and in a world where the emphasis in education is on practical matters almost to the exclusion of humanism. All the tools being developed here, tools that have been used for thousands of years, help personal and community development. In a society such as ours we need space, and teachers to help up find and reach our humanity”.

At the same time Rodríguez Fraga spoke of his pride in Adeje. “As a tourist destination we could be forgiven for highlighting all things superficial and losing sight of what is really important – including from a tourism point of view – the person. For that reason the presence here in our midst of organisations such as the Dzogchen community in Adeje help us in this regard, in defining ourselves as a borough that puts people first. He also congratulated the alliance with the University of La Laguna which was important in bringing appreciation of complementary and contemplative practices to the public.

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The main aim of this weekend event was to facilitate and promote the concept of open mindfulness, which, according to Denys Rinpoche is “the key practice for a harmonious, healthy and happy life, the three ‘H’s. Its natural teaching is neither religious nor cultural. It is a fundamental humanism which develops essential human goodness. The benefits of mindfulness have now widely been scientifically established as remedy to stress, tensions and emotions and as amplifying attention, efficiency and immune defences.”

Adeje’s Dzogchen community


Visita al Monasterio Taktshang, Bhutan. Foto Jamyang Olyphant

Recently Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche returned to Playa Paraíso following a busy few months abroad

Since it began operating in 2013 the international Dzamling Gar Global Centre for the Dzogchen International community based in Playa Paraíso, has run a large number of activities which, in general, focus on our evolution as people, as beings and overcoming personal shortcomings. Last December the Rinpoche Dzogchen master, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, returned to the borough having completed a number of diverse projects and visits around the world.

Under the Adeje Living Together’ umbrella, the Adeje council has welcomed these projects as part of the way forward in the creation of a society based on mutual equality and respect. Within that too the Dzogchen International community consider fundamental their participation in local community events where they can make contacts, and develop their links with the community which are of mutual benefit. At many Adeje and other Tenerife-based events throughout 2014 the community offered displays of dance, music and song much to the delight of their audiences. And, as is traditional, usually members of the public have been invited to take part in the ‘Pu Yana’ dance at the end of any demonstration, a Tibetan song which celebrates the good luck participants enjoy in receiving the teachings and is sung to bring happiness, prosperity and long life.

Just some of the events the centre’s members took part in included the Cultural Fusion event in Adeje, a Day of Traditional Games and Dances in El Fraile, the I Intercultural Exchange day in La Laguna and the Adeje Harmonious Living Together Adeje 10/10 campaign. They also performed during events marking the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Adeje and German town Unterhaching and most recently at the celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Los Olivos. Along with these activities the centre offers Tibetan dance and singing sessions to those who wish to participate most afternoons in their centre in Playa Paraíso.

While all this was on-going here, Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu was travelling and teaching this ancient form of learning in India, Singapore, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Italy, the United States, Argentina, México and Australia.

Dzogchen Global Gar in Playa Paraíso

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The master of Dzogchen teachings, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and the mayor Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, officially presented what will be the international Dzamling Gar, Global Centre of the Dzogchen International Community, to the public on Friday November 15th. Also attending the inaugural ceremony were Francisco Diez de Velasco, professor at the Universidad de la Laguna, Joelle Schneider, a representative of Karma Ling (France), Benedetta Tagliabue, the architect and president of the Enric Miralles Foundation and Giovanni Boni, engineer with Meriling SL, as well as many local representatives and over a hundred followers of these teachings.
This new international centre, located in Playa Paraíso will host representatives of the Gars, or centres of teaching and practise of the principles of the association which are located throughout the world. The development of this centre will see the realisation of the dream of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to have a Global Gar, a place where the entire Dzogchen community can met and work together in harmony. This Gobal Gar will be a centre of study and practise for the world-wide Dzogchen community as well as a centre for the promotion of the mission of ASIA-Onlus, a non-governmental organisation, and the Shang Shung Institute which works to preserve the Tibetan culture for future generations.
This new teaching centre bring us practises from Tibet along with other philosphical and religious idealogies already existing in the borough which, according to the mayor, “are helping us to become the epicentre of a society in which peaceful and equitable co-existence is both the backbone and the springboard for a positive future.
Dzogchen master, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, told the guests that “I came to this island for the first time two years ago and discovered a most agreeable place with open-minded and peaceful people, and the localisation of our centre here will allow our global community come together to work for the wellbeing of humanity and all the individuals that are part of it.”
Subsequently he added, “in general the Dzogchen community is like a large family and my mission isn’t to teach a religion or philosophical doctrine but instead to show the way of evolution which each person must follow, and that the coordination among all is the key to success and improvement. “
Rodríguez Fraga expressed his gratitude to the Master and the community for choosing this borough for the new centre. “The council is always supportive of any activity which premits and works for the expansion of our plural, multicultural and peaceful society. In Adeje we have a huge number of different cultures who have lived side by side for years and together we have overcome any difficulties and have made the differences into something that enriches us as a community; all cultures that have, as their base, mutual respect, tolerance and peace, and seek to preserve human values are to be respected.

He continued, “we are a top class tourist borough, and the level of welcome we offer is terrific, because we have great people in our borough. The people of Adeje are wonderful and people who wish to work together with us can depend upon us and the interntional nature of this project will be of huge beneift to many people here in our island and in the rest of the world.
Today the Dzogchen teachings have 10 Gars or centres for the teaching of Dzogchen principles all over the world, in countries such as Italy, the United States of America, Russia, Mexico, Russia, the Ukraine, Romania, Argentina, Venezuela and Australia. Here the plan is to build a meeting place for people who are part of these centres and other smaller hubs called Lings, as well as being a centre for the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture.

The land where the new centre is being built was purchased by the Dzogchen community in December 2012.
Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche felt that this would be the perfect place for the transmission and practise of Dzogchen teaching throughout the world. The plot of land is 30,000 m2 and was previously being developed as a Talasotherapy Centre but construction was never completed. The land, when purchased, had a number of unfinished buidlings in place, and each one will be completed and become a home for each Gar, and there will be a dedicated part given to the Internacional Shang Shung Institute of Tibentan Studies, and the NGO ASIA-Onlus, all working to preserve the ancient Tibetan culture. There will also be a centre for the practise of Yantra Yoga, Danza Vajra and other related activities. Currently there is a large marquee in place to allow some activities take place until buildings are completed.

As part of the building project, different construction techniques and garding methods will be used and taught, and there will be ongoing workshops where people can learn new pactises. Students can learn first-hand how to construct typical Tibetan buildings, premaculture,and sustainable architecture, all of which will integrate perfectly into Playa Paraíso.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Born and raised in Tibet, for over 50 years Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has taught how it is possible to live in a relaxed,harmonious and peaceful way in the midst of chaotic, modern daily life. Rinpoche is one of the most prominent teachers in the world of the ancient Dzogchen Teachings, as well as being the inspiration behind the International Dzogchen Community. Nowadays, the Master travels and teaches tirelessly, continuing his activity of giving these precious Dzogchen teachings and the message of peaceful
cooperation and evolution.
Rinpoche also founded Shang Shung International Institute for Tibetan Studies, and the non profit NGO, ASIA-Onlus, which develops projects benefiting the Tibetan population

Dzogchen
Dzogchen means ‘Total Perfection’. It refers to the true inherent nature of all beings, their primordial state, which is free from all limitations and conditioning. The Master’s transmission of this state of knowledge lies at the very heart of the Dzogchen teachings. Due to its direct and uncomplicated approach, the Dzogchen teachings transcend cultural boundaries making it accessible to all cultures regardless of their spiritual background.

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