The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that… Read More
Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to Our Natural Intelligence
Buddhahood, says Dzigar Kongtrül, is nothing but an unobstructed experience of the nature of mind, boundlessly spacious and limitlessly compassionate. The trick is that in order to see the mind accurately, we must use the particular aspect of mind he… Read More
Dzigar Kongtrül grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In 1989, he moved to the United States with his family and in 1990, he began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at Naropa University. He also founded Mangala Shri Bhuti, his own teaching organization, during this period. He has established a mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, in southern Colorado. When not guiding students in long-term retreats and not in retreat himself, Rinpoche travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.
Welcome to the Chronicles, Rinpoche, and thank you very much for takikng the time to talk with us today. First we'd like to ask you about the visit of Yangsi Rinpoche last August. How was his visit and what was its significance?
How was the visit for the Yangsi Rinpoche himself?
What were his impressions of western people and culture?