MSB Shedra

MSB Shedra consists of two parts: 

  • Shedra Primer with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel Sept 5-6 

  • The Way of the Bodhisattva with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Sept 12-13 and Sept 19-20

Register to attend Shedra Primer in person. Register to attend Shedra with Kongrul Rinpoche in person. Register to audio stream. Register to video stream.  

Shedra Teachings with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche (Talks at 10:00 and 2:00)

The Way of the Bodhisattva stands at the very center of the Buddhist canon, lauded as one of the greatest texts to illuminate the “mindset of awakening,” or bodhichitta. In ten chapters of verse that expose our confusion and incite a deeper wisdom to shine forth, there is no withstanding its scalpel of insight. We come to admit that the reasoning of bodhichitta is our only option in all situations if we want to free ourselves from self-centered thinking and embrace the compassionate mindset of awakening.

dzigar kongtrul rinpoche teaching

In this program, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach from The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva by Kunzang Pelden. 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

Shedra Primer with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel (Talks at 11:00 and 3:00)

The first weekend of MSB Shedra begins with a "Shedra Primer" led by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Kongtrul Rinpoche's wife and most senior student. Suitable for new and seasoned students, the Primer provides a basic understanding of Madhyamika, the philosophy or practical viewpoint at the heart of all Mahayana thought. This provides an excellent primer for the weekends that follow.

This year, Elizabeth will teach on The Heart Sutra, which presents the essence of the Buddha’s teachings on the nature of reality. It is the most revered and recited text in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition all around the world. One could study it as the single source of learning and awakening for a lifetime. How do we begin to unpack it, understand it, and practice it? This is the challenge and our job as students on the path to liberation. A close study of the Heart Sutra prepares us for a deeper appreciation, too, of the main Shedra text this year, The Bodhisattva's Way of Life.

Participation in both courses is not required and all talks may be individually video or audio streamed.

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.