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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Four teachings on tolerance and compassion from the Modern Day Bodhisattva Seminar, 2012.
The practices of tolerance and compassion are not just for Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lama; they are essential for anyone who wants to live a happy life.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche helps us see that our mind’s self-centered habitual patterns are the source of our suffering. Realizing this, we begin to appreciate that others suffer in the same way. This sympathy with others is the seed of compassion, but developing true compassion requires the practice of tolerance as well.
How do we apply tolerance to develop our compassion? The practice of tolerance refers literally to our ability to tolerate or observe the raw emotions that arise in us during challenges and to not react to them. We also learn to tolerate the reactions that arise in others. As we practice tolerance we gain an important insight: by going beyond reactions we find freedom from our self-centeredness. This insight emboldens us in our compassion and kindness towards others and the conviction that altruism is the basis for our own awakening.