Training in Tenderness Video Series

May 24th—May 25th

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  • $80 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
Room: Main Meditation Hall

If paying the full price is a hardship for you, please see the "pay what you can afford" information below.

In February, Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche gave a series of three talks at the Boulder Shambhala Center. Through special arrangement we will be presenting video recordings of these teachings here in Fort Collins. There will also be opportunities for discussions and practice facilitated by our local instructors.

Here is a participant’s review of the Boulder weekend:

It was amazing to hear Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche’s teachings at the Boulder Shambhala Center. He was funny, kind and gentle about topics that are hard for us to deal with: death, uncertainty, irritation, heartache, loss, forgiveness and pain. He spoke about how we can make a difference in small ways: changing our attitudes and really feeling gratitude and love in our day-to-day lives. He really enhanced and deepened his teachings on tsewa. It was so powerful to hear these teachings and be in the room with him!

In these sessions, Rinpoche teaches on his new book, Training in Tenderness. According to the Buddhist teachings, all people and animals, no matter what they look like or how they behave, possess at their core a deeply loving, tender heart. The power of fear and confusion may keep this heart temporarily closed and dark, but it is always present within, ready to open up and spread its warmth to the world. This innately caring and compassionate heart, known in Tibetan as tsewa, is the subject of Training in Tenderness. In these three talks, Rinpoche helps us become better acquainted with the experience of tsewa and teaches us how the entire path to enlightenment begins and ends with our own warm heart.

About Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche

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 genuine sangha of the Longchen Nyingtik Lineage in the West. Weaving his ancient spiritual heritage with the many threads of a modern Western culture, Rinpoche is known for his uncompromising integrity, deep conviction in altruism, and insistence that all beings can awaken to their own enlightened nature.

Kongtrül Rinpoche’s life defines what it means to be a spiritual person in modern times. Whether through his teaching, his passion as an abstract painter, his steadfast dedication to his lineage and students, his joy in solitude, or his unshakable determination to engage his own path, throughout it all, Rinpoche integrates his practice and his life. “Isn’t that the goal of the spiritual path?” Rinpoche often asks. Indeed it is—to be flexible, courageous and exploratory in the face of life’s joys and paradoxes, while never losing touch with a connection to its deepest meaning.

Rinpoche is the author of five 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 most recently Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, The Radical Openness of Heart that Can Change the World. Learn more about his artwork at and his spiritual work at

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* Pay what you can afford

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For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.