Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Working with Attachments: Part 2- The Path from Recognition to Rejoicing

Again, you can certainly continue your relationships, your friendships, and whatever you cherish as important in your life, just don’t let yourself become so swallowed up by them that you behave like a roller coaster, allowing the associated emotions to make you erratic and unstable. When you become like a roller coaster, at some point …

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Training In Self-Awareness: Step 3 – Letting Go and Developing Authentic Presence

As we discussed earlier, when speaking of the ego, and developing self-awareness of the ego and its effects, we need to “produce the remedy at the source.” We can do that by learning to let go, and especially letting go of this drive to feel special, with the ego wanting more and more. People who …

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Training In Self-Awareness: Step 2: Objectively Examine Your Discontentment

We’ve been speaking about not only the importance of recognizing the ego, and identifying it’s effects in our mind, but about the type of self-awareness that is utilized in Dharma practice to understand it, so we can begin to be free from our ego’s influence. Once we become a little familiar with the ego, and …

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Training in Self-Awareness – Step One: Taking Responsibility for Our Mind

What I would like to talk about today is self-awareness – that is, a type of key training in self-awareness – which can be used as a means to become more clear, and thereby able to effectively reduce one’s suffering. Dharma practice is a kind of medicine, a medicine of mind rather than medicine for …

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Life Release Commentary

These comments were made by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche prior to releasing crabs and mussels back to their native habitat in San Salvador, Brazil. The MSB sangha regularly sponsors these events by collecting funds, and purchasing animals to liberate. These formal events occur regularly at Guna Norling, our center in Brazil, as well as through our …

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Encouragement for Our Bodhisattva Intention: Part 1 – Being Willing

In the end, our life won’t just evaporate like a puddle of water in the hot sun. In fact, even a puddle of water does not just disappear into nothingness. The molecules remain in a different form, since atoms do not just disintegrate. If we do think that life is like this, then our life …

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Prerequisites for Renunciation, Part 2

Part 2 As we’ve been discussing, the idea of renunciation is a complicated subject. There are many different responses to this idea. Some people immediately feel lighter when they hear about it. They feel a sense of joy because the burden that they carry, whether consciously or not, feels that it could be lifted from …

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Prerequisites for Renunciation, Part 3

Part 3 In moving toward some degree of renunciation, our first step is to be open and nonjudgmental about our suffering, not feeling guilty about it. Judgment and guilt will cloud our minds, preventing our intelligence from coming through. Knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to wisdom. Knowledge is information. It is what you hear …

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Working with Attachments: Part 1 – Facing One’s Mind Before Facing One’s Situation

We need to recognize the source of our problems and the source of all our perceived threats. We must try to see how they arise from our “self,” and more specifically from our grasping to the self. When we have the feeling of being sucked into a situation, when we feel emotionally drained, or when …

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Prerequisites for Renunciation: Part 1

I’d like to address the theme of renunciation. This word, this idea of “renunciation,” as it is meant in the Buddhist teachings and particularly in the Hinayana teachings, provokes wildly different reactions among people. People will respond differently to this word depending upon where they are in their lives, their levels of suffering, and with …

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