During the Merigar East retreat held on 23 of August 2013, Rinpoche named our Dzogchen Community Center in Belgrade: Thayasling – Ling of the Beyond. We are infinitely grateful for such a marvelous name to our Beloved Master, who is ever present in our hearts.
The Dzogchen Community of Serbia was first registered as an association in 1990, re-registered in 2009, and we are currently working on alignment with the IDC statute. The Community has been active since Rinpoche first came to Belgrade to give the Teachings 25 years ago.
Zeljka Jovanovic was most meritorious for building the foundations of the Dzogchen Community in Serbia. Many of us have been fortunate to know her and to receive valuable information from her. During the period from 1990 to 1997 we organized a Yantra Yoga course with Oliver Leick and a Vajra Dance course with Adriana Dal Borgo. In 1996 we invited Lama Ngawang , the founder and spiritual leader of the Hungarian Karma Kagyüpa Community, accompanied by his translator Lama Csöpel, to give the Teachings in Belgrade, as recommended by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Zeljka had organized collective practices in her apartment until 1997, when she and her family moved to France.
Due to the situation in our country for the following 10 years we used to meet for the collective practices at homes of different practitioners. We are infinitely grateful to our world wide Vajra family of the International Dzogchen Community for a very generous donation in 2000 which helped us maintain our community.
In 2002 we actively took part in the Peace Vase project in collaboration with the coordinator of Siddhartha’s Intent organization under the direction of Dzongsar Jamyang Kyentse Rinpoche. In 2014 we participated in the project: Sand Mandala of Avalokiteshvata for world peace which was made by Geshe Lobsang Tseten and two monks from Tibetan Drepung Gomang Monastic College.
Thanks to the German Dzogchen Community’s generous donation we had the Santi Maha Sangha base level retreat with Jacob Winkler in Belgrade in 2003.
From 2009 to 2012 we rented different premises for the courses and the collective practices. In 2012 Zeljka’s children and our Vajra family: Cvetko, Ana and Maria, offered their apartment to the Community. The apartment was completely refurbished thanks to a very generous donation and it became our first Ling in 2013. We are very happy that we finally have our own space, especially in the apartment where we had gathered for the practices from the very beginning. Different times, yet the same taste.
The Thayasling is located in the apartment in the center of Belgrade, easily reached by everyone. It is a 100 sq m space with a 40 sq m Gompa, a guest room (with library), waiting room, bathroom, kitchen, dressing room, toilet and terrace.
The Webcasts are offered in the Ling according to the circumstances.
The Gompa is not big enough to house the Mandala but is suitable for collective practices, Yantra yoga, Khaita and there is a guest room available for personal retreats. In order to make the space more affordable for our small community (18 paid members in 2015) we are sharing the premises with the Hatha Yoga group organized and led by our yellow gakyil.
From 2009 until 2015 we were very fortunate to welcome again our dear Vajra brother and SMS instructor Oliver Leick who held four retreats: Introduction to Dzogchen Teachings and Yantra Yoga in 2009, two SMS base level retreats in 2012 and 2013 and the Green Tara retreat in 2015.
Each year from 2011-2014 we were fortunate to welcome our dear Vajra brother and Yantra Yoga instructor Zsolt Somogyvari for four YY courses and we are planning another course in May 2016.
Eternal thanks to our dear Oliver Leick and dear Zsolt Somogyvary for their precious time, commitment and perseverance, and for helping us to renew our Community.
We hope for the auspicious circumstances to enable us to organize more retreats in the future and to provide possibilities to further develop our activities.
Long Live the Masters, the Teachings and the Community!
Looking forward to welcome You to Thayasling!