Date: March 12th, 2022, including 03/13/22.

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Zernga: The Five Principal Points, Teaching and Explanation

Zernga: The Five Principal Points, Teaching and Explanation

Saturday, March 12th - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Retreat Replay from 2008 in Lima

Sunday, March 13th - Explanation by SMS Instructor Fabio Risolo and teachings 

via Zoom (with possibility to attend from Gonpa together)

Additional weekend possible

Course open to members of International Dzogchen Community.

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Through Zernga, or Five Principal Points, a practitioner can bring about the reintegration of the material level into the wisdom level. Zernga is a method of working with the five elements one by one in order to realize them in their natural condition. Helps us to:

  • Overcome attachment to the body
  • Increase clarity
  • Refresh one's practice

As Rinpoche says, "It is considered as part of a secondary practice of Tregchöd. If you are really interested in Thödgal, you should, to some degree, be a master of these things. Otherwise it will not work. It will remain theoretical. With this general idea of the principle behind this method, you should now know why Zernga is considered to be very important at all levels. It also helps you to overcome your attachment to the physical body, increase your clarity, and refresh your practice if it has become stale." 

Fabio Risolo was born in Italy and holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Naples, and he has taught both at the high school and university levels. Fabio became a student of the Tibetan Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1999, and has actively practiced and followed the Dzogchen Teachings since that time. 

Fabio became an authorized Santi Maha Sangha (SMS) Base Level instructor in 2004 and a First Level SMS Instructor in 2009. He has led numerous courses in Italy and throughout Europe.

Fabio Risolo is also the editor of three teaching volumes of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: Guruyoga (2011); Shine and Lhagthong in Dzogchen Teaching (2013); and A small glossary for the Dzogchen Community (2012). 


Link to Shang Shung Publications:

Zernga Book and E-book. - must be a member with transmission to purchase