Crucial Point

The Journal of Mangala Shri Bhuti

Crucial Point is a full-color journal featuring articles by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and other teachers in the Longchen Nyingtik lineage.

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 edition of Crucial Point is now available. Articles include:

  • “The Practice of Shamatha” Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s detailed instructions on shamatha practice from the 2015 Modern Day Bodhisattva Seminar
  • “Stories about Jackalopes” Dungse Jampal Norbu, in a LINK teaching from 2014, uses the mythological jackalope as an analogy for the stories we tell ourselves
  • “Our Tradition” by Patrul Rinpoche, from The Words of My Perfect Teacher
  • “Picking up the Reins” Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, in a talk from the 2013 Nyingma Summer Seminar, explores the importance of bringing order to our minds
  • “The Vajra Mirror of Mindfulness” A Spontaneous Song by Venerable Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
  • “MSB Shedra: Building a Backbone for Practice and Life” Jennifer Shippee, one of Rinpoche’s senior students, reflects on the transformative powers of the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) teachings
  • “The Human Realm” by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from Mind Beyond Death
  • “The Outer, Inner, and Secret Refuge of Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo” Avalokiteshvara’s powerful refuge prayer
  • “King of the Empty Plain” Instructions from the biography of Thangtong Gyalpo
  • “The World Was Opening Up” Rinpoche describes his experiences as a young adult and budding philosophy student far from home
  • “The Essence” by Arya Maitreya, from The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra
  • “Pride” a poem by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche written in 2000

Crucial Point is available in two formats:

Full-color print magazine + Free Digital PDF: $16 

Digital PDF: $9

Please note: The full-color, bound paper magazine also comes with a free digital PDF. The PDF is available for immediate download and viewable on any desktop or mobile device. With either purchase, you will need to set up a free account with MagCloud to order. You will only need to do this once, enabling you to purchase future editions as well.

All proceeds from the Crucial Point are used to support the production of the journal. Thanks for your interest, and we welcome your feedback. Please contact the Crucial Point if you have any questions.