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: Bob Reid. When we take refuge in the Dharma, we renounce violence against beings. To adhere to this vow, we need to cultivate awareness of our body, speech and mind through practicing the three wisdoms. In taking the refuge vow we commit to nonviolence, one of the four virtuous disciplines. The practice of nonviolence requires us to adhere to four precepts: never to repay abuse with abuse, never to be angry in return for anger, never to strike back when struck, and never to expose the faults of others when they reveal our own. To understand, accept and practice these disciplines we need to recognize and overcome the obstacles presented by our habitual and conventional mindsets, and to remember that the Buddhist wisdom tradition seeks not to control behavior or adhere to dogma but to cultivate authentic wisdom and alleviate suffering, which arises from self-grasping ignorance. As the Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche recalls one of his teachers saying, with “genuine renunciation toward self-importance, half the Dharma is accomplished.” The process of seeing, understanding and dissolving this ignorance takes place through engagement with the three wisdoms-hearing, contemplation and meditation.