MSB Shedra

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

dzigar kongtrul rinpoche teachingThe 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.

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

Please Note: As a precurser and complement to the 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 are employed to sharpen students' knowledge.