MSB Shedra

Includes The Way of the Bodhisattva Year 1 with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche & Shedra Primer with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

The Way of the Bodhisattva is a text that stands at the very center of the Buddhist canon. The 8th century Buddhist monk and scholar Shantideva illuminates the “mindset of awakening”, or bodhicitta, over 10 chapters of verse that probe and expose our confusion and incite a deeper wisdom to shine forth. There is no withstanding Shantideva’s precise scalpel of insight: we come to admit that the reasoning of bodhicitta is our only option in all situations, if we want to free ourselves from self-centered thinking and embrace the centerless, wise, and broad mindset of awakening.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s appreciation for the role this text plays in any practitioner’s life knows no bounds. Rinpoche’s commentary opens a door to the treasury of knowledge embedded in these elegant, precise, humorous, and delightful verses. His embodiment of the honor and spirit of the bodhisattva path encourages us about the possibility of living the life the Way of the Bodhisattva recommends. 

The first weekend of MSB Shedra begins with a "Shedra Primer" led by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Kongtrul Rinpoche's wife and most senior student. This year's theme will be "Everything Leans: the Liberating Insight of Interdependence". Suitable for new and seasoned students, the Primer will provide a basic understanding of Madyamika, the philosophy or practical viewpoint at the heart of all Mahayana thought including the Way of the Bodhisattva. In the second and third weekends of MSB Shedra, Kongtrul Rinpoche will begin his commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. 

A shedra is a traditional monastic college of higher learning, with a course of study lasting from ten to thirteen years. Unlike most general dharma programs, MSB's Shedra program presents the teachings in much greater depth, using traditional textual structure, terminology and logic. Debate practice, along with Q&A with Rinpoche and Elizabeth, are employed to sharpen students' knowledge.

Words of encouragement about the challenge--and depth--we can reach in Shedra study