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To the First Responders of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and the Sangha of Mangala Shri Bhuti, Would like to honor and acknowledge, with immense gratitude and deepest appreciation and respect, all those who, day after day, bravely and tirelessly risks their well-being to serve others in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We all thank you from the very bottom of …

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Discovering the Jewel of the Sangha: Clarifying the Purpose of Sangha & Community

MSB Archive Newsletter Article by Vernon Mizner, Khenchung, first published in 1995 This month’s Study and Practice article is about the importance of Sangha. The points mentioned here are primarily a summary of comments Rinpoche has made over the years concerning Sangha, as well as some of my own contemplations based upon Rinpoche’s teachings on …

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The Significance of Guru Rinpoche in the Nyingma Tradition

A teaching by Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche given at Yanglesho, the Asura cave where Guru Rinpoche gained the 4th Vidyadhara level of accomplishment. For us as Nyingmapas, Guru Rinpoche is the embodiment of all sources of refuge. He is the emanation of all the buddhas of the past, regent of all the buddhas of the present, …

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Unbroken Lineage of Mind Transmission

– Excerpted from the introduction to A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems, in which Sogyal Rinpoche recounted the teachings of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. In the case of the Dzogchen Teachings, and the great oral lineage of pith instructions, from the time of the great primordial buddha until today, the lineage has continued unbroken and unimpaired. …

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Cultivating Aspiration Bodhicitta: Part 1 – Generating Great Kindness

I would like to begin by first saying a few things about bodhicitta practice, the practice of developing a good heart. Bodhicitta is the practice of all buddhas of the past, the present, and the future, and it has two aspects. The first aspect, aspiration bodhicitta, is defined as a genuine wish to cultivate enlightenment …

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Encouragement for Our Bodhisattva Intention: Part 2 – Staying Positive!

Things that appear difficult and challenging, or nearly impossible from the ego’s point of view, the bodhisattva takes right on, with a vision of skillful means and a sense of joyful challenge to work on the ego, and progress further. This actually puts the self in service towards the highest outcome: toppling samsara—attaining the state …

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