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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Liberating Attachments and the Practice of Guru Rinpoche: Chod and Guru Yoga
Wisdom Productions is pleased to announce the release of the final compilation in the Words of My Perfect Teacher Ngondro series, describing the practices of Chod and Guru Yoga. This compilation contains selections of Rinpoche’s commentary from Ngondro retreats and annual Words of My Perfect Teacher programs over the past 18 years. Extensive readings from the root text have been removed.
“If even in imagination one can forsake this body, it threatens the makeup of egos grasping and attachments and deep rooted sense of self importance. When this is freed up, then one can pursue the path more and more easily.”
“The focus of this self importance is always THIS LIFE and what anchors us to this life and this world is this body. It is the reference point. So doing this practice has great psychological effects.”
As we hear so often in the teachings, the suffering of samsara comes from clinging to the idea of a self. This can seem like a vague concept when we don’t relate it to all the fear, attachment, and neurosis that we have toward our physical bodies. Chod practice, which came out of the Prajnaparamita teachings, is a skillful means to help overcome this attachment. This compilation contains extensive commentary on why Chod is such a necessary and beneficial practice, and practical instructions for carrying out the daily practice within the Ngondro liturgy. Also included are sections pertaining to the four maras, conceit, karmic debt, and heart advice concerning the Chod practice.
“In Maha Ati, the Guru’s blessing is the only thing that penetrates the co-emergent ignorance. Therefore, importance is placed on the Guru Yoga. It is known as the immediate cause of realization in the Dzogchen tradition.”
“The only thing that wakes you up to the whole delusion is to realize the nature of your mind. It is not whether the guru smiles at you and favors you, pats you on the back, confirms you or not. We are not on the path because of those things. We are on it because we want to wake up from delusions. How? By recognizing the nature of one’s mind. And for that, the mögu (devotion) is the key.”
Devotion plays a key role in the path of Dzogchen, and in the ngondro practice we are given a means to access that through the practice of Guru Yoga. This section of the compilation is rich with commentary that will provide further understanding of many subtle concepts related to devotion and the practice of Guru Yoga. It is a wonderful resource for practitioners of all levels. Included are sections on the spiritual friend, devotion/mögu, practice instructions, and heart advice. The practice instructions section covers the entire liturgy of the Guru Yoga, from visualization to the four empowerments.
105 talk excerpts on an MP3 CD. Running time 27 hours, 56 minutes.