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.)
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When people die they usually pass on their assets and belongings to their children, especially in the West. We should keep in mind that there are some complications to bequeathing or inheriting money and possessions. Children must consider the karmic implications of what they do with an inheritance, and parents should factor in the karmic implications of their gift-giving. Here are some guidelines from Rinpoche to keep in mind._x000D_
If you inherit money, you have the responsibility to do something positive with the funds. What if youâ€”knowingly or unknowinglyâ€”do something harmful, like investing it in a company involved in destructive, negative behavior? In terms of karma, you will suffer consequences. Unfortunately, if the money is used inappropriately, whoever originally accrued the capitalâ€”in this case your parentâ€”will suffer too, even in future lives, because of their initial involvement._x000D_
If you are bequeathing money, explain to your children that you expect some of the inheritance to be used for their well-being, but that the majority of the funds must be donated to a good cause. Why? Our children are our greatest attachment; we love them fiercely and want to see them prosper and be secure. But human greed sometimes pushes us into mistaking overabundance for necessity. What we think of as prosperingâ€”what we think our children need and will benefit themâ€”is quite limited by our own particular views. We might actually be reinforcing our own attachments, and creating obstacles for our children in the long run._x000D_
If you leave your children material objectsâ€”like furniture, art, or jewelryâ€”be careful you are not reinforcing your own attachment to specific belongings. Because many people take refuge in their material goods, the thought of giving away these possessions provokes deep insecurity and attachment. You might feel: “Now I have to part with my things because I am dying! Now you should treasure these items as I have done.”Â Rather than conveying your own attachment complexes, try to give away your belongings in a sane manner. Cleanse the negative karma of the unresolved attachment before you die so it does not carry forward to your children in the form of the material wealth._x000D_
Use your wisdom and skillful means when planning your legacy. For instance, sometimes children even “wait”Â for their inheritance with a lot of expectation and attachment. Explain to your heirs what is important to youâ€”how getting rid of your attachments frees you from your bondage. If this is done sincerely and with genuine concern, you can promote their own inspiration either immediately or gradually. If you are faced with this dilemma, it might be better to simply offer a large portion of your estate for the greater goodâ€”to charity or directly to the Three Jewelsâ€”to free your family from any karmic complications. In general, you should never alter your altruistic donation plans because of your children’s attachment to wealth, possessions, or monetary comfort._x000D_
It comes down to this: how willing are you to work with your attachments? In addition to wealth and possessions, our children are very much our “attachments.”Â So naturally we wish to see them secure and prospering. But, there will often be disagreement between parents and children about what will truly be of benefit. Depending on the circumstances, for instance, of how the wealth was accumulated, it might be harmful to receive it, and harmful to keep it. You should try to settle your feelings about these issues, and work with your attachments before you die. Consider thoughtfully what you are planning for your estate, and the karmic implications of your gift- giving. It will save you and your children a lot of unnecessary pain._x000D_
Compiled from Like a Diamond,Â pages 157-160.
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