to Dec 3

Mahayana Essentials: The Five Slogans of Machik Labdron

Confess your hidden faults.

Approach what you find repulsive.

Help those you think you cannot help.

Anything you are attached to, let it go.

Go to the places that scare you.

The fearless and innovative practitioner Machik Labdron (11th century) was one of Tibet’s most renowned female saints and teachers. Machik’s unique approach provides us with a path to transform our inner demons by invoking, embracing, and nurturing them. In this three-talk weekend, Elizabeth will lead us through guided meditations and discussions on these pithy slogans, which Machik received from her teacher, Padampa Sangye.



Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Morning Talk: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Discussion Groups: 1:00-1:45 pm
Afternoon Talk: 2:00-4:00 pm
Closing Chants: 4:00-4:30 pm
Clean up: 4:30-5:00 pm

Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Talk: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm

Purchase tickets to video stream. Video streaming tickets include access to the live-streamed talk with an opportunity to participate in Q&A. Tickets also include access to the video recording for 30 days following the talk's conclusion.

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to Feb 10

Rigdzin Dupa Drupcho


In the Rigdzin Dupa drupcho, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and MSB members practice the guru sadhana from the Longchen Nyingthik tradition. The focus of this practice intensive is on accumulating 100,000 tsok offering prayers.

The merit, or positive intention and action, of the drupcho is dedicated to world peace, the longevity of masters who are teaching in the world, greater compassion towards all beings, genuine spiritual progress on the path, and harmony both within the sangha and the larger community of Buddhist practitioners, as well as throughout the world. Rinpoche has spoken of drupcho practice as a “wish-fulfilling jewel” for bringing about accomplishments on the path, and a true labor of love.

The intimate environment of a drupcho is a precious opportunity to be in the presence of the teacher's bodhicitta. To make prayers and aspirations alongside his, in the spirit of compassion and wisdom that he embodies, is a profound and often life-changing experience.

This program is open to everyone who has gone through the MSB Lineage Ceremony. For questions about attendance, please write to the Study and Practice department. If you can't make it to the program, you can still share the merit of these feast practices by making an offering.


Saturday to Friday

7:30 am -- Set Up
9:00 am -- First Session
11:30 am -- Second Session
12:30 pm -- Lunch & Lungta Rota
2:30 pm -- Third Session
4:50 pm -- Fourth Session
7:00 pm -- Clean Up

Siddhis Day (Final Saturday)

5:00 am -- Practice Begins
Plan for a long day to fully clean the center at the end of the practice.

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9:00 AM09:00

The Logic of Faith now available in stores and online!


The Logic of Faith

Excerpt: "I wrote this book as a tribute to the experience of grace, the source, from which all authentic faith traditions have emerged. But I also had something else in mind. I wanted to introduce the natural principle of Pratityasamutpada, 'dependent arising,' into a bigger conversation regarding faith. I wanted to present an investigation that would liberate 'faith' from the stagnant realm of individual and cultural beliefs and go beyond the vague assumptions that remain locked up in language." 


“I welcome The Logic of Faith with both excitement and relief. To generations of Western practitioners habituated to linear thinking, the Buddha’s central teaching of pratityasamutpada has remained a hidden jewel, taken as either too obvious to be interesting (as ‘everything has a cause’) or too arcane to be relevant to real life. Elizabeth Namgyel not only grasps, but conveys with fresh immediacy and delight the essence of this key to the dharma. She helps us to experience the reciprocity at the heart of the universe—and, in so doing, to rediscover our mutual belonging and the sheer grace of our existence.”

— Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life


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This book will be available for purchase beginning February 27, 2018 from Shambhala Publications, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many independent book sellers.

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to Nov 16

REALITY: A Free Online Summit on Buddhism, Meditation, and Insight


Elizabeth will be teaching on Day 4 (November 16).

Watch free from home as respected meditation teachers, psychologists and philosophers lead an exploration of meditation as a profound path of inquiry and insight

You’ll be guided in this practical inquiry by 15 trusted teachers including Sharon Salzberg, B. Alan Wallace, Susan Piver, Rick Hanson, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Robert Wright, Kelly McGonigal, David Nichtern, Jay Garfield, Holly Gayley, Fleet Maull, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Evan Thompson, and Anam Thubten.

In a time when confusion and divisiveness seem to be running our society, coming together to balance our minds and cultivate insight has never been so important. We’ll explore meditation as a path to clarity, acceptance and happiness, and cut through the misconceptions about our human nature that cause so much pain in the world.

This program is being offered free by Shambhala Mountain Center.  Register here.

Summit Schedule
Day One – Nov. 13: Balancing the Mind
Day Two – Nov. 14: Cutting through Confusion
Day Three – Nov. 15: Realizing the Nature of Self
Day Four – Nov. 16: Connecting to the Heart of Reality

For questions, please contact Shambhala

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