MSB Shedra

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

The Way of the Bodhisattva (from The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech)

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

The Shedra Primer

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, including the Way of the Bodhisattva.In the second and third weekends of MSB Shedra, Kongtrul Rinpoche continues his commentary on this text. 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.