MSB Shedra

Shedra with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, September 4-6 and 11-13, 2020

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach the revered ninth chapter of Shantideva's Bodhisattvacarayavatara in Mangala Shri Bhuti's Shedra which takes place over two weekends in September.

Each 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.

What is the MSB Shedra?

Unlike most general Dharma programs, MSB's Shedra program presents the Dharma teachings in much greater depth, using traditional textual structure, terminology and logic. The word shedra refers to a traditional monastic college of higher learning, with a course of study lasting from ten to thirteen years.

Who is Eligible to Attend the Shedra?

All are most welcome to attend the Shedra program with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche! There are no pre-requisites. Senior students and newer students alike attend this program. If you have any questions about this program, the texts or anything else, feel free to email the Event Coordinators.

The Bodhisattvacarayavatara

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!

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.

Can't Attend in Person? Audio-Video Study Sets are available!

If you are not able to attend the live teaching in Colorado, all talks will be available on video almost immediately after the program for one-year of access, or available for audio download within 1-3 months of the program for lifetime access. 

Learn more about Wisdom Productions' Audio/Video Study Sets here.

Study Resources

As mentioned at the end of Shedra 2019, here are some resources to assist your further studies:

Program Schedule

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