MSB Shedra

The Way of the Bodhisattva with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche & Shedra Primer: Everything Leans with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

bodhisattva shantidevaThe Bodhisattva's Way of Life

The Bodhisattva's Way of Life 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 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 broad, wise, and compassionate mindset of awakening.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s appreciation for the role this text plays in any practitioner’s life knows no bounds. In this, Rinpoche’s 10th commentary, he opens a door to the treasury of knowledge embedded in these elegant, precise, humorous, and delightful verses. And his embodiment of the honor and spirit of the bodhisattva path encourages to live the life the Bodhisattva's Way of Life recommends. 

"No text has had a greater influence on the minds of the teachers of the Noble Land of India and Snow Mountains of Tibet than the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Nor does it have any equal in its ability to transform the minds of beings. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, anyone who became a great teacher was influenced by the power of this text." - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Please note that Rinpoche will be using the following text as commentary to the main text: The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva by Kunzang Pelden, translated by Padmakara Translation Group

The Shedra Primer: Everything Leans

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 provides a basic understanding of Madyamika, the philosophy or practical viewpoint at the heart of all Mahayana thought, including the Bodhisattva's Way of Lifedzigar kongtrul rinpoche teachingIn the second and third weekends of MSB Shedra, Kongtrul Rinpoche begins his commentary. 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.