Modern Day Bodhisattva Seminar with Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Discover compassion and insight in everyday life

The Modern Day Bodhisattva teachings address the pressing need for more people to approach life’s challenges from a platform of altruism, deep warmth, and caring support for others.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche conceived the MDB teachings as a means to present the essence of the Buddhist Mahayana tradition in language and practices that are accessible to modern people, and easy to practice in the midst of our day. He believes that the focus of these teachings cut to the core of what it means to live a happy life, in which personal transformation and service to others remain at the forefront of our minds.

“We are born with a natural inclination to serve, not only ourselves and those we love, but humanity as a whole. Yet we are often unclear about how to fulfill these deeply interconnected wishes. The MDB Seminar shows us how to apply the wisdom of the bodhisattva teachings to our own time and culture. This education can bring about profound transformation, increasing our capacity to be of benefit to ourselves and others.” -- Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A Short Biography of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition. 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. 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 sangha of the Longchen Nyingtik Lineage in the West.

Kongtrul Rinpoche is the author of four 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 the upcoming Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World.

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