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.
You may browse directly to any of the calendars to find out more about the teaching schedules of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Namgyel, or Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. In addition, you can 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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Bodhichitta: The Main Practice of the Mahayana
This collection covers the foundational practice of our lineage and one of Rinpoche’s favorite teaching topics. Rinpoche addresses the topics of relative and absolute Bodhicitta in depth. All who listen will find helpful advice to deepen their understanding of this quintessential subject.
Teachings on relative bodhicitta provide an explanation of what it means to practice lojong and instruction for the practices of the four immeasurables and tonglen. Several talks give a very clear and concise explanation of what it means to develop “aspiration bodhicitta,” a subject which Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche says is poorly understood in modern times: “These days, people don’t have much grasp or understanding of what bodhicitta really is. If you ask them what ’arousing bodhicitta’ means, they will simply reply, ’May all sentient beings have happiness and be free of suffering,’ which is actually only a prayer of aspiration. However much merit it may generate, if it is not focused on complete enlightenment, then it is not complete bodhicitta. That is why you need to train again and again in the correct way of arousing bodhicitta.”
These heart- and mind-expanding teachings on relative bodhicitta lay the foundation for the teachings on absolute bodhicitta, wherein Rinpoche explains in detail how the confused mind is obscured and elucidates the absolute nature of reality, bringing the students’ minds closer to realization of their own true nature.
The disc concludes with two talks filled with heart advice, helping students to fit their understanding of these teachings into the context of their day to day lives and their path to liberation.
Fifty four talks on a single MP3 CD; Running time: 20 hours, 46 minutes.