May bodhicitta, precious and sublime, arise where it has not yet come to be. Where it has arisen may it never fail, but grow and flourish more and more.
Unbroken lineages of wisdom traditions are rare in these times, and Kongtrul Rinpoche descends from a pure lineage of the Dzogpa Chenpo Longchen Nyingtik tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
We have two main study and practice centers in America: Phuntsok Choling in Colorado and Pema Osel in Vermont. Rinpoche teaches the core MSB programs at these two centers. In addition, MSB has several city centers or groups around the world where people gather for group meditation and study, and to listen to the LINK teachings together.
Browse to any of the calendars to find out more about the teaching schedules of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, or Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. View the upcoming events at Phuntsok Choling, Pema Osel, or find out who is giving the next LINK talk.
MSB is a part of the Longchen Nyingtik and Khyen-Kong-Chok-Sum lineages. (Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, and Terton Chokgyur Lingpa, collectively known as Khyen-Kong-Chok-Sum, were the heart of the Rimé, or nonsectarian, movement, which did so much to preserve and harmonize all schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the nineteenth century.)
Speaker: Vanessa Waxman. Vanessa relates how she emerged from an intense experience of discomfort, unworthiness, and shame with a more profound appreciation for the healing power of Dharma. Despite the good fortune of enjoying auspicious circumstances, anyone can fall prey to afflictive emotions from which it seems impossible to escape. Initially, awareness of such feelings may generate shame, despair, and a sense of hypocrisy. But this suffering can also lead to a deeper appreciation for the healing power of Dharma, which reminds us that all beings suffer in these ways. The Dharma offers the means to understand, work with, and overcome afflictions and their root, self-grasping ignorance. One fundamental practice, the Ngondro, enables us to identify the full range of samsaric suffering and provides methods to develop the wisdom to overcome them.