Kunsangar North, July 24-28, 2015

Retreat with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu

Kunzang Monlam (Prayer of Kuntuzangpo)

Kunsangar North

History of the place

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche first came to Russia in 1992. There were so many people interested in Dzogchen Teaching that Rinpoche decided to set up a new Gar in Russia.

In autumn 1998 a place for the Gar was found - abandoned children summer camp in a beautiful pine-tree forest not far from Moscow. The name that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gave to the new Gar was Kunsang Gar - Samantabhadra’s Place.

In July 1999 in Kunsangar there was held the first retreat with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu with about 1200 participants, and then another one in 2001, with 1500 participants.

In 1999-2005 there were many retreats, courses and workshops on Santi Maha Sangha, Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance with international and local instructors of the Dzogchen Community in Kunsangar. For all this period Kunsangar was coordinating all activities of the Russian-speaking Dzogchen Community. Kunsangar also was collaborating with other Dharma centres. Thanks to this cooperation some high Buddhist Masters of differennt schools also were giving their Teachings there. Hundreds of practitioners of Vajrayana and Dzogchen for many years were receiving precious Teachings and initiations, doing collective practices and personal retreats, studying Tibetan medicine and thangka painting.

In 2006, mainly because of economical reasons, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu closed Kunsangar, and for some years this place was existing as retreat centre Kunphenling, open for different Buddhist schools and other spiritual teachings, for yoga and psychology groups etc., and of course for Dzogchen Community too.

In 2010 Chögyal Namkhai Norbu announced that Kunsangar resumes its activity, but with new name -Kunsangar North, because in 2010 in Crimea Kunsangar South was opened.


How to get to the Gar

Gar is located in Bolshie Dvory village, near little town Pavlovsky Posad, 70 km from Moscow.
How to get there (sorry, it's only in russian, please use auto-translator or contact Phil Khomenok). 

Moscow airports are located outside the City. The main airports are Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo.

The cheapest and easieast way to get from any airport to the centre of Moscow is Aeroexpress – rapid comfortable train. Traveling time is 30-35 min, ticket price is about 7€. Here you can see the timetable and buy the ticket online. You can also buy the ticket in the airport.

We strongly recommend not to use private taxi services in the airport, as they are unreasonably expensive!
There is also a risk that you spend much time in traffic jams, especially if you arrive in the morning. But if you still prefer to go by car, it is better to book online taxi service in advance, for example:

Currency exchange and mobile connection
Currency exchange rates in the airport are usually wasteful. We recommend to exchange currency in the center of Moscow - it's possible in all the banks and there are plenty of little currency exchange offices. As for SIM-cards of Russian operators - you can buy them in Mobile shops in the airport or in Moscow itself. It's not expensive and quite reasonable, because Russian roaming for foreign operators will cost you much more. Three main mobile operators in Moscow are Beeline, Megafon and MTS, prices and quality are more or less the same.

More useful information

If you need a help with transfer to the gar or if you have any kind of questions -  please feel free to contact Anna Chilina: