Primordial Knowledge – SMS Base Retreat – Estonia

Dear Vajra brothers and sisters,Thadralling, Estonian Dzogchen Community is very happy to host a

 jim-valbyPrimordial Knowledge – SMS Base Retreat with Jim Valby on 20 – 24 February 2015.

Friday, 20-Feb, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm  Public talk ” Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen ” in Estonian National Libary, Tõnismägi 2


Teachings only for Dzogchen Community members – Saturday 21rd till Tuesday 24th  February


Primordial Knowledge
Primordial means timeless, eternal, atemporal, primal, original, from the beginning, ever-existing, already and forever, beyond cause and effect.

Knowledge refers to oral, symbolic and direct modes of transmission, through which the primordial source manifests its wisdom-energies inside time corresponding to the specific circumstances of each sentient being.  Everything is knowledge, without any limitations.

The essence of primordial knowledge is pure perfect presence – unceasing empty luminous wisdom-energy manifestations.  ‘Enlightenment’ is just a word without any meaning.  Enlightenment does not really exist.  It is total fantasy to search for enlightenment.  Pure perfect presence already pervades everything as self-perfected primordial enlightenment.

We will study & practice the essence of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen. We will learn some of the following theoretical topics so that we can correctly apply various guruyoga practices, such as kumbhaka, anuyoga, semdzins, and rushens.

Possible theoretical topics:

Three Aspects of Dzogchen Transmission

Four Aspects for Understanding Primordial Knowledge

Five Marvelous Aspects of Primordial Knowledge

Five Principles of Primordial Knowledge

Five Necessary Capacities for Primordial Knowledge

Six Unlimited Aspects of Primordial Knowledge

Ten Ways to Obstruct Primordial Knowledge

Sixteen Methods of Direct Introduction


Saturday, 21-Feb, 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm

Sunday, 22-Feb, 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm

Monday, 23-Feb, 5pm to 8pm

Tuesday, 24-Feb, 10am to 1 pm, 5pm to 8p


If some SMS Level One practitioners are interested then SMS Level One practice session will be on Monday, 23-Feb, 10am to 1pm .



Mõtuse 11, Tallinn
Participation fee 

Friday, Public talc: 7 Euro / pensioners, students, Dzogchen Community members 5 Euro

21 – 24 February “Primordial Knowledge”  early bird price before 18 January, after that 10 Euro more.

Ordinary DC member   75 Euro / after 18 January 85 Euro

Reduced DC member   55 Euro /                         65 Euro

Sustaining DC member 22 Euro /                         32 Euro

Meritorius  DC member   0 Euro /                           0 Euro

Eesti Dzogtšeni Ühing Thadralling – account nr. EE452200221056916998

Only 1 of these days: 30 €
Only single morning or afternoon session on Saturday,Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: 20 €Accommodation near the rereat place
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Dr. Jim Valby has been a student of Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1982. He earned his doctorate in Far Eastern Studies under Herbert Guenther at the University of Saskatchewan in 1983, focusing on the texts of Shrisingha and Vimalamitra.  He participates in Dzogchen Community projects helping to prepare English translations from Tibetan texts.  He has taught the essence of the theory and practice of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen in more than 197 retreats at 77 locations in 28 countries.  He is an authorized instructor for the Base, First and Second Levels of SantiMaha Sangha (SMS).  He lives in Western Massachusetts, USA.


Tashi Deleg
Gakyil Thadralling (Tallinn / Estonia)
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