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: Kate Dobbertin. Kate explores how self-cherishing creates samsaric experience and separates us from the freedom of pure perception. Samsara can be understood not as a set of circumstances, “how things are” but as the result of relating to reality through the perspective of a solid, separate self. Viewing ourselves and the world through the lens of a small self distorts and limits our perceptions of reality. Clinging to this self also leads us to become distracted by the concerns of the material world and attached to the belief that protecting this self will free us from suffering. Yet attachment to this small self is actually the source of our suffering and the obstacle that prevents us from experiencing the pure perception of the unseen world that is within our reach at every moment. The effort and insight required to shift our perception is not necessarily comfortable, but it is the only way to free ourselves from a samsaric relation to experience.