Is This All There Is?—A Discussion About Life, Dharma, Art & Poetry


On August 5, 2023, in collaboration with Siddhartha’s Intent Living is Dying, Khyentse Vision Project presented a discussion on life, Dharma, art, and poetry, with special guest Dungse Jampal Norbu and Bardo Café youth ambassadors.
Their discussion was based on a poem by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo called The Cuckoo’s Song, which invites the reader to see the profound truths present in everyday life.




Dungse Jampal Norbu is Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s son and Dharma heir. Dungse la has lived and traveled extensively in Asia, but he spent much of his youth in Colorado.
In 2012, Dungse la completed the five-year Translator’s Degree Program in Bir, India, which supplied him with a rigorous and traditional shedra education focused on the classical Indian texts of Nālānda, along with skills to translate written works from Tibetan to English.
With the foundation of his life-long guidance and education from Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse la also teaches widely and engages in an annual 100-day retreat at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling. Dungse la’s anecdotal style and first-hand curiosity about how Buddhism relates to actual experience imbue his teaching with a fresh perspective, and reveal a natural wisdom and humor.