Matthew Zalichin began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate in 1971. His teachers include many of the past and current century’s most eminent Tibetan lamas of all main lineages, but principally the Kagyu and Nyingma through his two root gurus Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, whom he met in 1977. In July 2009 he accepted Phakchok Rinpoche’s appointment as meditation instructor and teacher in residence at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown.
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When we gain trust and certainty in ourselves, we cannot help but want to do something beneficial for the world. The world does not orbit around the ego anymore. Ego is an actor, always in the theater. When we discover our innate dignity, we no longer need to act. We only need to be who we really are—compassionate, kind, and dignified.
Phakchok Rinpoche, Awakening Dignity, Chapter 11: Authentic Power