Heartbreak with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

September 25th

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Room: Main Shrine Room

Boulder Shambhala is very excited to announce that Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel will be addressing the Boulder Shambhala (and beyond) community on the evening of September 25th, from 5-7pm MT.

We often look at heartbreak as something to get over or avoid. But the Buddha taught that there is no transformation without heartbreak. For this reason, the foundations of all Buddhist practices begin by reminding us that we cannot hold the world responsible for our wellbeing. The necessary disappointment that comes from this recognition is liberating, universal, and profound. On the path of the bodhisattva, in particular, we learn to stretch our heart to include all beings, which is an actual commitment to letting our heart break to include more life.

The evening promises to include guided meditations, discussion, and teachings, that not only serve as the foundation of all Buddhist practices, but also of those particular to the Path of the Bodhisattva. These are practical, non-religious, and poignant teachings that are designed to be practiced out in everyday life.


Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. In particular, Elizabeth is fascinated with the Buddha’s essential teachings on the natural principle of pratityasamutpada, dependent arising. Audiences repeatedly comment on how her approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.