Welcome to Support MSB
Listed below are several different ways we can be a part of a larger vision. Whether you choose to donate to Kongtrul Rinpoche's parsonage, contribute to the LINK, pay Sangha dues, or support an MSB center, we aim to create a meeting point, or auspicious connection, between offering and receiving. Thank you for your support!
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s Parsonage
The Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha provides parsonage support for Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and his family. All funds raised for this purpose directly and personally support Rinpoche's activity in turning beings toward the dharma. Rinpoche's wife, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and his son and dharma heir, Dungse Jampal Norbu, have studied and practiced under Rinpoche's guidance for many years, and both have begun to teach and guide the next generation of dharma students. Offerings made to the Parsonage Fund are fully self-inspired, and are not a requirement of students. If you are inspired to support Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel and Dungse Jampal Norbu, personally through the Parsonage Fund, please click on the Donate link. If you would like more information, please contact the Parsonage Coordinator.
The LINK Teachings
The LINK teachings are MSB's weekly dharma offering to the world via live webstreaming. Every Sunday Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, or a senior MSB student gives a teaching. We are delighted to be able to offer these talks free of charge. There are costs associated with hosting these weekly teachings events, however, so we would like to offer people the opportunity to donate to support the LINK. If you listen each week, or just love the idea of listening to a dharma talk in your home, please consider donating to the LINK. No amount is too small! For further questions please write to the LINK Director.
Shabten Contributions: Ceremonies for the Teacher’s Life, Health and Activity
Each year we request a divination for Kongtrul Rinpoche's shabten for the coming year. The divination, or mo as it is called in Tibetan, designates specific prayers and accumulations that need to be accomplished to support the long life, good health, removal of obstacles, and general activity of the teacher for the benefit of beings. The shabten of a teacher is connected to and affects all his students, so as a sangha we collectively engage in the prayers and accumulations for Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche's shabten. From our sangha, we send an offering to the lama who performed the mo, as well as to his monastery or nunnery, requesting that the monks and nuns perform that particular year's shabten in tandem with the MSB sangha. If you would like more information, please contact our Shabten Coordinator.
Retreat Fund: Samten Ling, the Heart of MSB
Considered the very heart of Mangala Shri Bhuti, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling provides a vast, majestic and peaceful setting for solitary retreat practice. Longchen Jigme Samten Ling means “the meditation place of the fearless great expanse.” The great thirteenth century meditation master Longchenpa said that nature provides a perfect support for resting in the mind of uncontrived naturalness. The thirteen cabins perched and nestled high in the mountain’s foothills were built and are continually occupied by students of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Donations offered to the Retreat Fund directly support infrastructure and maintenance of the cabins themselves, as well as road and trail work, solar electricity and appliances, weather-proofing, and water supply. Your support allows us to keep the cost of a retreat to a minimum, allowing many students to maintain a simple life of practice, study and service.We thank you for your ongoing support, and, as with all donations to MSB, your gift is tax deductible. For more information about the Samten Ling Retreat Fund, please contact the MSB Secretary.
Located in the majestic Rocky Mountains above Boulder, Phuntsok Choling is the central meeting place for the MSB sangha in Colorado. Phuntsok Choling provides a contemplative and peaceful atmosphere in which to connect to the Buddha’s teachings. We continuously strive to make this opportunity available to everyone, while keeping the cost of programs workable for all who wish to attend. Without a center where students and friends can gather together, practice together, and receive teachings together, we would never be able to ensure the growth of the dharma in the West. Your contribution to the Phuntsok Choling Fund will be used to maintain infrastructure and make yearly improvements that are necessary in the harsh environment of the Rocky Mountains. On behalf of all who benefit from the presence of Phuntsok Choling, thank you for your generosity. For more information, please contact the Director of Phuntsok Choling.
Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling is MSB’s Study and Practice center in the peaceful setting of rural Vermont, and serves as the main gathering place for students on the East Coast. The center has an atmosphere of deep quietude, set in the airy New England forest, and people often remark upon the beauty of the setting. It is our aspiration that Pema Osel will continue to serve the MSB community and the general public for generations to come. In keeping with the MSB tradition, we work to keep the cost of our yearly public teachings reasonable. Your contributions to Pema Osel, through either one-time or ongoing donations, strengthen the roots of this center in ways that touch many lives. On behalf of all who benefit from the presence of Pema Osel, thank you. For more information, please contact the Director of Pema Osel.
Guna Institute, India
Guna Institute is home to Mangala Shri Bhuti’s seat in India, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, and next door to Chokling Monastery. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s vision for this center is that it may offer students a focused environment where they can delve deep into the study and contemplation of Buddhist philosophy. For more information about Guna Institute, please contact the MSB Secretary.
Guna Norling, Brazil
Guna Norling, overlooking the ocean in Salvador de Bahia, is MSB's seat in Brazil. This house was offered by a student in the sangha, and has served as a place for the small community in Salvador to gather for group practice and study, and to listen to the weekly LINK teachings. Currently the center is undergoing renovation to accomodate a shrine room and teacher's area, so dharma teachings can be held there instead of in a rented space. We welcome all donation to this worthy project in Brazil. All donations will go exclusively to the renovation of the center. On behalf of all who will benefit from your generosity we thank you! For more information about activities at Guna Norling, please contact the Director of Guna Norling.
MSB Sangha Membership Dues
Sangha Dues support the general operation of Mangala Shri Bhuti, and allow students to contribute to and support its larger vision in the service of others. Paying Sangha Dues supports our work together in establishing the dharma in the West; it signifies our commitment to be part of something bigger than just our own life’s concerns. As formal students of MSB, we make a commitment during the Sangha Ceremony to support our community and its needs by paying dues. If you would like more information or have any questions, please write to MSB's Finance Director