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.)
Instead of struggling with a divided mind, blaming ourselves for our habit of being hard on ourselves, we can recognize ignorance itself as the root of the problem and engage in dharma practice to familiarize ourselves with our nondual buddha nature. Conventional advice for alleviating the habit of beating ourselves up is often not very helpful. To root it out, we need to recognize that the cause of suffering is self-grasping ignorance-the mistaken belief in the true existence of a self. Analyzing our experience reveals how impersonal ignorance gives rise to self-cherishing, self-protecting, and self-importance, and how these in turn lead to the experience of a mind confused and divided against itself. The alternative to this loop of self-blame is to engage in practicing the dharma, which offers a perspective based on our nondual buddha nature. Over time, familiarizing ourselves with the practice will liberate us from the delusion and suffering of a divided mind.