MSB Shedra

Shedra with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, September 9-11

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach the revered ninth chapter of Shantideva's Bodhisattvacarayavatara in Mangala Shri Bhuti's Shedra.

The Bodhisattvacarayavatara (The Bodhisattva’s way of life) is one of the most illustrious and renowned Mahayana classics. In particular, the 9th chapter, which elucidates the meaning of the Transcendent Wisdom of Emptiness, lies at the very heart of all Buddhist practice and realization. Shantideva himself says in the very first verse of this chapter: “This entire preparation the Sage taught for the sake of wisdom. Thus, one wishing to bring an end to suffering should develop wisdom.”

This text opens our understanding of relative and absolute truth, or emptiness. It clarifies deep rooted personal and philosophical misunderstandings we may have about the Middle Way or Madhyamika teachings through its progressive examination and refutation of all the philosophical approaches to existence and non-existence, as well as the relationship of mind to matter, leading up to totral, absolute truth beyond the four extremes. Do not miss this opportunity!

The weekend includes 5 talks, question and answer sessions with Rinpoche, and discussion groups. Note: Rinpoche's teaching may refer to Kunzang Pelden's The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, and we recommend that participant's bring a copy in addition to the Bodhisattvacarayavatara.

Video Streaming Video streaming is available, and streamers will also have the opportunity to ask Rinpoche questions through email and chat. All video streamers will also have access to the video recordings for 30 days following the event. Learn more about video streaming here.

More on the Shedra and the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Rinpoche’s appreciation for The Way of the Bodhisattva knows no bounds. In his commentary, he opens a door to the treasury of knowledge embedded in these elegant, humorous, and delightful verses. And his embodiment of the honor and spirit of the bodhisattva path encourages us to live the life the The Way of the Bodhisattva recommends. 

"No text has had a greater influence on the minds of the teachers of India and Tibet than The Way of the Bodhisattva. Nor does it have any equal in its ability to transform the minds of beings." --Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

As a precursor to the MSB Shedra teachings, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Rinpoche's wife and senior-most student, will offer the Shedra Primer September 2-4. Everyone is highly encouraged to attend what will no doubt be a lively exploration of some of the central themes present in the wisdom chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva.  

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 or Elizabeth are employed to sharpen students' knowledge.

Talk 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Morning Talk: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Discussion Groups: 1:00-1:45 pm
Afternoon Talk: 2:00-4:00 pm
Closing Chants: 4:00-4:30 pm
Clean up: 4:30-5:00 pm