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The teacher is always right?
Broadcast date: Sunday 4-10-2009 12:00 - 12:30 NPO 2
Repeat: Saturday 10-10-2009 09:50 - 10:20 NPO 2
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Elisabeth_01_300.jpg Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel lives in Crestone, Colorado, in a very deserted place and surrounded by a vast space and bears. She studied the Dharma for 25 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche whom she met in Nepal. Elisabeth became his first Western student. Even when she became a mother, she managed to hold retreats of several years. Her son Jampal, now 20, looks back on this without regret. He was looked after by Rinpoche when his mother was in retreat and his mother took care of him during his father’s long retreats.

Elizabeth Mattis-NamgyelThese days she advises people during longer retreats and travels a lot to teach. Elisabeth worked on  several books by Kongtrul Rinpoche and now  is putting the finishing touches on her own book The Power of an open question. In this book she also talks about the difficulties of following a Vajrayana teacher. To always view your teacher as perfect can be a  big challenge if you share your life with one. Horse riding and rock climbing are her main passions not only for leasure but that also as inspiration.

Director/camera & editing: Jurgen Gude

With: Elisabeth Mattis-Namgyel, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Jampal Norbu Namgyel, Naomi Mattis, Marin Mattis

Commissioning editor: Babeth M. VanLoo

Interview: Michaela Haas

Sound: Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz

With gratitude to: Tatjana Meyerowitz; Mangala Shri Bhuti

© 2009 a Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation production