Foundational Teachings of Buddha Dharma with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

May 1st—May 2nd

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Room: Online Program

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Via Zoom
Saturday May 1st-Sunday May 2nd

9am-5pm (MT) each day.

We are very delighted and honored that Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche has graciously agreed to teach our sangha again this year.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche speaks of the Four Noble Truths as a “self-empowerment.” The first two truths point out the continual suffering all of us go through and then explain how this suffering is created by our ignorant belief in a truly existent self. The third and fourth truths show how our ignorance can be dismantled by following a precise path that leads to realizing the enlightened nature already present within us. With the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha went beyond the prevalent views of eternalism and nihilism, giving his disciples the means to take charge of their own lives. To this day, these teachings remain the Buddha’s most important, providing a framework for the entire Dharma—all the way up to the highest teachings of Vajrayana. 


Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche was born into a noble dharma family in Northern India. His father was the third incarnation of the great tertön Chogyur Lingpa, while Rinpoche’s first teacher, his mother, was a great and renowned practitioner, completing thirteen years of solitary retreat before she married. At the age of nine, Rinpoche was recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. Raised in a monastic environment, Rinpoche received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In particular he received the teachings of the Nyingma lineage from his root teacher, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche also studied extensively under Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyöshul Khen Rinpoche and the great scholar Khenpo Rinchen.

In 1989 Rinpoche moved to the United States with his family and in 1990 began five-year tenure as the first holder of the World Wisdom Chair at Naropa University. During that time Rinpoche founded Mangala Shri Bhuti, an organization dedicated to establishing a genuine sangha of the Longchen Nyingtik Lineage in the West. Weaving his ancient spiritual heritage with the many threads of a modern Western culture, Rinpoche is known for his uncompromising integrity, deep conviction in altruism, and insistence that all beings can awaken to their own enlightened nature.

Kongtrul Rinpoche's life defines what it means to be a spiritual person in modern times. Whether through his teaching, his passion as an abstract painter, his steadfast dedication to his lineage and students, or through his joy in solitude, and his unshakable determination to engage his own path, throughout it all, Rinpoche integrates his practice and his life. "Isn’t that the goal of the spiritual path?" Rinpoche often asks. Indeed it is -- to be flexible, courageous and exploratory in the face of life’s joys and paradoxes, while never losing touch with a connection to its deepest meaning.

Rinpoche is the author of five books, It’s Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path, Light Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to our Natural Intelligence, Uncommon Happiness: The Path of the Compassionate Warrior, The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life and Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, The Radical Openness of Heart that Can Change the World.