The Power of an Open Question


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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 09/06/2010 Living in the Center of the Human Predicament 55:59
Mon, 09/13/2010 The Three Points of Faith Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 34:29
Mon, 09/20/2010 The Open Question Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 47:36
Mon, 09/27/2010 The Power of an Open Question Week 4 Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 44:21

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 25 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. After meeting Rinpoche in Nepal, she became his first Western student. She has been intimately involved with Rinpoche’s work in bringing Buddhist wisdom to the West, in particular to the development of Mangala Shri Bhuti, an organization dedicated to the study and practice of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. Elizabeth has an academic backround in both Anthropology and Buddhist Studies, but her learning is also grounded in practice. After many years of solitary retreat, Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as Retreat Master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in southern Colorado. She has edited Rinpoche’s two books, It’s Up to You and Light Comes Through and is presently working on a book of her own, The Power of an Open Question, and teaching the Buddhadharma in the United States and Europe.

Elizabeth delights in wrestling with difficult and juicy ‘koans’ that tend to plague modern day practitioners, while maintaining a deep respect for the tradition she comes from.

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  • shannonstoney's picture
    shannonstoney commented on
    November 6, 2010, 8:49 am

    I have just now gotten the book and I really like it.

    Here's a question: I am reading the part about "...

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    Pilgrim Rich commented on
    October 14, 2010, 10:46 am

    Thanks so much for your Talks ,I really enjoyed them and
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    gloonie commented on
    October 3, 2010, 7:45 pm


    Thank you for the retreat. One point you made has been bothering me, though....

  • Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel's picture
    Elizabeth Matti... commented on
    September 30, 2010, 11:05 am

    Dear Charles, 

    That's the question, isn't it. I guess what i am suggesting is that...