Mangala Shri Bhuti's Programs
Each year Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche teaches a series of public courses, ranging from the introductory to the advanced, as part of Mangala Shri Bhuti's core curriculum. These annual teaching programs offer students a rare education and opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of the buddhadharma. Rinpoche is especially skilled in presenting the traditional teachings with keen emphasis on how to integrate the meaning and the words into our personal experience and modern daily life. In addition to teaching MSB’s core curriculum, Rinpoche travels throughout the world offering his support to different centers and communities, guiding students wherever there is the passion to learn. Visit Rinpoche's teachings schedule if you would like to know more.
Below are an outline of MSB's core curriculum, information on Dungse Jampal Norbu's and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel's teaching schedules, access to teaching events taking place at MSB City Centers, and an overview of the Practice Programs of MSB.
MSB's Core Curriculum
The Nyingma Summer Seminar, MSB's main study and practice program, is held in Colorado over a nine-day period each July. It is an introduction to the essential views of the Three Yanas of Tibetan Buddhism -- Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana -- with transmission, commentary and discussion on a different text each year during the Mahayana section.
The Words of My Perfect Teacher takes place each year during a long weekend in January or February, also in Colorado. This teaching and transmission program lays the foundation for Vajrayana practice with an explanation of the ngondro, or preliminary practices, based on Patrul Rinpoche’s keystone text of the same name.
The MSB Shedra occurs over several weekends every September, in Colorado. This program develops students’ understanding of essential Buddhist philosophy through the study of classical texts of the sutra tradition, upon which the Vajrayana views are based.
The Modern Day Bodhisattva Seminar is held the first weekend in June, in Vermont. This seminar offers a discussion on the fundamental Buddhist practice of compassion, loving kindness and bodhicitta -- the essence of the Mahayana path.
The Dzogchen Seminar takes place the last weekend in August, in Vermont. This program examines a variety of essential points of Vajrayana or Dzogchen view and practice. Rinpoche teaches from a different Vajrayana text each year.
Dungse Jampal Norbu's Programs
Kongtrul Rinpoche's son and dharma heir offers several yearly programs at Phuntsok Choling, Pema Osel, and MSB City Centers in the U.S. He leads the Illustrious Moon summer camp for children aged 10-16 in Colorado, and teaches an introductory dharma program in Vermont, open to all age groups. Dungse la's anecdotal style and first-hand curiosity about how Buddhism relates to actual experience imbue his teachings with a fresh perspective, and reveal a natural wisdom and humor. Please visit Dungse la's teaching schedule for a complete listing of his programs.
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel's Programs
Kongtrul Rinpoche's most senior student and wife has been a student of dharma for thirty years. A seasoned dharma teacher in her own right, she brings a refreshing perspective to even the most familiar topics, and clarifies issues that are often taken for granted, such as devotion and so-called "beliefs." Elizabeth offers her own set of programs at Phuntsok Choling, Pema Osel, and MSB City Centers, and also travels widely each year to various centers throughout the world. Please visit Elizabeth's teaching schedule for a complete listing of her programs.
Mangalam Dharma Center Programs
Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse la, and Elizabeth each offer teaching programs hosted by MSB's Mangalam Dharma Centers, in various cities in the U.S. and abroad. To find a complete schedule of events and contact information for these various Mangalam Dharma Groups, please visit the Mangalam Center Programs page.
MSB Practice Programs
We conduct three sangha practice retreats each year: the Rigdzin Dupa drupcho in February and the Dechen Gyalmo drupcho in October or November, both at Phuntsok Choling in Colorado, and the Sangdrup drupcho at Pema Osel in Vermont during October. These programs are only open to offical MSB students. If you have an express wish to attend one of these practice programs, please send a formal letter of request to the Director of Study and Practice. For a schedule of these events please visit the Practice Programs page.
Taken together, all these teaching and practice programs establish a broad and deep foundation of Buddhist knowledge and practice, particularly that of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage.
If you have further questions about the programs offered though MSB, please write to the MSB Secretary.