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At the heart of the Buddhist path is the individual practitioner who integrates the teachings with his or her own experience. Posting weekly since August of 2009, the Link Podcast features pithy teachings by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel that illustrate the creativity and practicality that are the hallmarks of being a successful meditator. Talks by students of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche offer an intimate window into the spiritual paths of Western s ...
 
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Speaker: Chris Holland. Chris expands on the importance of developing, clarifying, and honoring our knowledge both of ourselves and of the Buddhist teachings. In coming to know ourselves deeply, we learn how best to engage on the path and avoid common pitfalls in relating to the teachings, the sangha, and the teacher. Understanding the teachings cl…
 
Speaker: Stephanie Kindberg. Stephanie discusses the importance of staying the course on the path of the Buddhadharma, and the power of aspiration for the upcoming new year. Several listeners shared their aspirations for 2022 for all to reflect upon, and Stephanie encouraged us all to join in making our own meaningful aspirations as well.…
 
Speaker: Jennifer Shippee. Jennifer contemplates how dying without regret is possible only if we liberate ourselves from self-clinging and allow genuine compassion and devotion to arise. By developing mindfulness and vigilant introspection, we sharpen our awareness of our aversions and attachments, all of which are rooted in self-clinging. Confront…
 
Speaker: Amalia Steinberg. Amalia contemplates the tendency to fall into nihilism and eternalism and offers skillful means to adopt the view of the middle way. The view of nhilism rejects the idea of cause and effect and engenders fear, anxiety, and clinging. The view of eternalism engenders a false sense of permanence and solidity that leads to fu…
 
Speaker: Dungse Jampal Norbu. Dungse-la teaches from the most famous lojong text, Seven Points of Mind Training, drawing on commentaries by great lojong practitioners in this weekend program held December 4-5, 2021. Lojong, the Buddhist practice of mind training, gives us the tools we need to journey through our constantly changing lives and meet u…
 
Speaker: Wendy Conquest. Wendy reflects on how she gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of a life-long experience of anxiety, and how she applied the Dharma to work with it. During the pandemic, engaging in new and challenging service to the sangha heightened her tendency to be anxious and to worry, and led her to resolve to re-examine …
 
Speaker: Dungse Jampal Norbu. Dungse-la asks some big questions about how we are approaching life. As we ponder the changing world and issues like climate change and our own mortality, are we just trying to get by in samsara or are we truly applying the Dharma to cut through our negative emotions and cross the ocean of samsara? How are we respondin…
 
Speaker: Elizabeth Ready. Elizabeth unfolds the meaning she has gained from contemplating the "Supplication to Guru Rinpoche", a prayer written by Dzigar Kongrul Rinpoche for the MSB Sangha. She reflects on how the prayer, recited at the end of MSB programs and practices, invokes all the qualities that practitioners of all three yanas seek to culti…
 
Speaker: John Cobb. John addresses the challenges that sanghas have to identify and work to overcome. He points out four questions that sanghas need to consider in the context of their aspiration to establish Buddhism in the West. First, sanghas need to examine how responsibility is assigned ("delegating upward"); second, they need to recognize whe…
 
Speaker: Bill Filter. Bill describes therapies that use psychedelic drugs to help Navy SEALS struggling to cope with depression and addiction, and explains how he introduces meditation practices to veterans who have undergone these therapies, helping them integrate their therapeutic experiences and provide enduring relief from suffering. He teaches…
 
Speaker: Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz. Sasha explores how analytical meditation promotes our understanding of the truth and generates growth and faith on the path. Initiating the investigation by tracing the history of the concept of "being present" in the West, he cites the analysis of the Prasangika-Madhyamika philosophical school to explain the nature…
 
Speaker: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. This previously recorded talk was given by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on November 5, 2017 at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. Rinpoche addresses the importance of having strong perseverence to accomplish one's goals on the path.By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
 
Speaker: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. This previously recorded Personal Link was given by Rinpoche to the local sangha on March 19, 2006 at Osel Ling in Crestone, Colorado. Rinpoche spoke in how we can move forward in our path as individuals by having clarity and intention, commitment and endurance.By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
 
Speaker: Ani Nyima Dolma. Ani Nyima reflects on how the monastic life and the practice of the four immeasurables support the freedom from attachment that leads to sympathetic joy. Drawing a distinction between mundane happiness and sympathetic joy, she explains how becoming ordained liberated her from worldly concerns and enhanced her capacity to g…
 
Speaker: Suzy Greanias. Suzy addresses the importance of learning how to train the mind in order to cultivate bodhicitta. When we become aware of our thoughts and of the circumstances that generate them, we recognize that they are temporary and dependent on causes and conditions. This leads us to realize that we don't need to identify with them. Me…
 
Speaker: Matthew Minier. Matthew contemplates how staying open to the suffering in the world allows us to support our aspiration to benefit beings and to liberate ourselves from samsara. Succumbing to the temptation to avoid discomfort only leads us deeper into our cocoons, narrowing our understanding and ability to respond to painful situations. B…
 
Speaker: Greg Richardson. Greg Richardson explores how Dharma is established in new cultures and how practitioners can best adapt aspects of their culture to further their attainments on the path. Focusing in particular on the establishment and practice of Dharma in the United States, he cites the American qualities of vigor and grit as traits we c…
 
Speaker: Karuna Chung. Karuna reflects on the importance of contemplating impermanence to make our life meaningful and to prepare for death. Cultivating bodhicitta gives our life meaning by opening our hearts to others; practicing meditation, especially meditation on impermanence, stabilizes our mind, clarifies our understanding of our own buddha n…
 
Speaker: Dungse Jampal Norbu. Dungse-la explores the aspiration to live a meaningful life and how freedom from the need to validate our own identity leads to the development of true authenticity. As we make the commitment to turn to the path of the Dharma and see through our neurotic grasping at a self, we can find a naturalness that goes beyond se…
 
Speaker: Mark Kram. Mark Kram reflects on how appreciating and working with our teachers, attaining genuine renunciation and realizing the wisdom of emptiness all require a shift in perspective. Emphasizing the importance of personal experience and contemplation, he points out how the gap between the levels of experience and insight may present cha…
 
Speaker: Jean Wilkins. Jean reflects on how her experiences with the dying have deepened her understanding of impermanence and her appreciation for the importance of patience and being fully open to the present moment. Recognizing the impermanence of all things enables us to see that life and death are intertwined. Cultivating familiarity with unce…
 
Speaker: Greg Seton. Greg describes how we can view the experience of physical pain as an occasion for cultivating compassion, wisdom, and devotion to Dharma. The five-step process he suggests begins with acknowledging that the root of all suffering is the craving that perpetuates rebirth in samsara, in which all sentient beings are subject to the …
 
Speaker: Polly Banerjee Gallagher. Polly addresses the importance of placing our trust in our basic good nature as we work with obstacles arising from the eight worldly concerns. We can trust in our true nature, which is independent of external circumstances and which gives meaning to our lives and our ability to benefit others. The practices of 's…
 
Speaker: Dungse Jampal Norbu. Dungse-la draws contrasts between being in and out of retreat and how the transition between them can be like bardo experiences. Retreat provides an opportunity to relax the process of identification, where we are less focused on projecting a self. Instead we focus intently on practice and resting in the nature. When w…
 
Speaker: Jim Hoepfinger. Jim relates how extensive practice cultivated his insight into the nature of mind and the illusory nature of ego and mind states. Extended periods of meditation gave rise to the direct realization that mind states are transitory and can't be mistaken for the "I." Searching for the "I" gave rise to the realization that there…
 
Speaker: Abba Hatcher. Abba applies the Madhyamika teachings on selflessness and absolute reality to the experience of death and impermanence. The death of her mother led her to contemplate the unity of the "two wings of the bird": the relative view of the appearance of death and the absolute, nondual view of the reality of deathlessness. When we m…
 
Speaker: Ram Jyoti. Ram Jyoti identifies patience, self-reflection, confession and devotion as powerful practices to cultivate self-awareness, self-acceptance and liberation from samsara. Feeling offended is a sure sign that karmic seeds are being burnt; by tolerating the discomfort of these experiences, we can burn karma without creating more nega…
 
Speaker: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. In this pre-recorded talk given on February 2, 2003 at Samten Ling, Rinpoche explains how as Buddhists, we need to think about world affairs, social affairs, household affairs and personal affairs. How can we learn from other people and nations? Often we find ourselves living in our own world and this world become…
 
Speaker: Joey Waxman. Joey reflects on the importance of cultivating an accurate view of ourselves by discerning the difference between neurotic self-judgments and a healthy recognition of our faults. While it is important to see our own faults clearly, there is no benefit in indulging in guilt or shame, which are merely forms of self-clinging. Min…
 
Speaker: Lindsay Heppner. Lindsay reflects on how the recent and unexpected death of a dear friend has inspired her to reflect on her life, her relationships and the importance of her practice of the Dharma. Every experience offers a valuable chance to work with our mind, but the death of a loved one, heightening our awareness of the uncertainty of…
 
Speaker: Ashveen Bucktowar. Ashveen reflects on how the contemplation of impermanence clarifies our priorities and deepens our appreciation for our precious human birth. The pandemic of the past year, which has heightened our awareness of death, has encouraged us to clarify our priorities, align our intentions with our actions and simplify our live…
 
Speaker: Dungse Jampal Norbu. Dungse-la contemplates death and identity on this Easter Sunday talk. Our grasping and attachment to the sense of self are the source of our suffering and an obstacle to gracefully meeting the moment of death. And yet a healthy sense of self is important for functioning in the world. Exploring and analyzing our identit…
 
Speaker: Michelle de Raismes. Michelle recalls her introduction to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, reflecting on how her awareness and compassion have been cultivated by our teachers, by our practice, and by the sangha. As we age, our perspective changes. The eight worldly concerns fade in importance, and our ability to let g…
 
Speaker: Greg Seton. Greg offers a framework for purifying our minds by transforming negative mindsets into a mindset of awareness. Mindsets are complex, habitual, often unconscious attitudes that shape our perceptions, form our attitudes and drive our intentions. Mindsets generate and are generated by our storylines about ourselves and the world. …
 
Speaker: Maki Okabayashi. Maki explores how honesty arises from the willingness to reflect on our intentions, perspectives and attitudes. Being honest involves more than simply not cheating, holding back from, lying to, or manipulating other people; it also involves recognizing how the ego diminishes our ability to see the truth. Led by the ego's s…
 
Speaker: Nick Carter. Nick reflects on how recognizing the impermanence of all things guides us to see that the wisest way to use our precious human birth is to engage in practice. Although habit and attachment lead us to view things as permanent, it is clear that they are not: seasons end; people die. The three marks of existence according to Budd…
 
Speaker: Kate Dobbertin. Kate explores how self-cherishing creates samsaric experience and separates us from the freedom of pure perception. Samsara can be understood not as a set of circumstances, "how things are" but as the result of relating to reality through the perspective of a solid, separate self. Viewing ourselves and the world through the…
 
Speakers: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. In this re-broadcast of the Open Question Podcast #201, Elizabeth speaks with her own teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, about the practice of patience described in Rinpoche' s new book, "Peaceful Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Patience". This practice, Rinpoche says, can protect our…
 
Speaker: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. In this pre-recorded talk given on October 27, 2001 at Samten Ling, Rinpoche explains the term nangwa chi lok. When appearances are seen as separate from the mind, dualistic tendencies arise. Rinpoche reminds us how the essence of Patrul Rinpoche's teachings are to encourage us to withdraw from looking outward and…
 
Speaker: Mary Lee Mooney. Mary contemplates how we can apply the medicine of Dharma to recognize and purify aggression and anger. We unconsciously mistake ourselves to be singular, independent and permanent. This view arises from and reinforces our habitual tendency to protect ourselves with self-importance and aggression, reactions that in turn le…
 
Speaker: Stephanie Kindberg. Stephanie reflects on how the Covid-19 pandemic has renewed her determination to view adversity as an opportunity to cultivate lungta by practicing self-reflection, patience and sympathetic joy. Lungta, "windhorse," is the subtle energy that determines the direction our mind pursues. As thoughts arise, we decide how to …
 
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