The Dzogchen Center was formed in 1991 upon the return of Lama Surya Das from twenty years of intensive study and retreat in India, Nepal and France. He is one of the West’s most highly accomplished practitioners, teachers and writers on Tibetan and contemporary Buddhism, and a lineage holder in the Dzogchen tradition. The term Dzogchen, ”Natural Great Perfection”, refers to primordial awakening, the “inner Buddha” that is actualized through contemplative practices passed down by generations of Indian and Tibetan masters for well over a thousand years.
One of the goals of the Dzogchen Center is to make this path as accessible as possible to all who may find it to be an effective path of spiritual transformation and personal well-being. Dzogchen Center’s work is based on the understanding that all people are capable of awakening to the “Buddha within”, the freedom and perfection of their own natural state, the very state realized by the Buddha. Our purpose is to communicate the possibility and practice of such a spiritual awakening by making the unique and powerful Tibetan practice of Dzogchen accessible to Westerners through individual and social forms that are welcoming, contemplative and amenable to practice by persons of all religious backgrounds. This practice is meditation- and experientially-based, egalitarian, nonsectarian and community oriented. It is socially and ecologically concerned.
The Dzogchen Center represents a growing international community of persons who find fulfillment exploring the dawning of awareness in all dimensions of our individual and social lives. The primary vehicles for this transformative, liberating and spiritual work are teachings offered in the context of one-day and weekend workshops and one- to two-week meditation retreats, as well as books and other digital and paper publications.