October 22 – 26, 2018
What is it?
In this extraordinary eight-day teaching by Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, Rinpoche will continue the teaching from 2017 on the Mahayana Buddhist instructions on the topic known as the Mahāmudrā or Great Seal. This system of practice, which is based on the canonical sources of the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras and the Anuttarayoga Tantras, was taught by such great Indian masters as Saraha, Nāgārjuna, Mahāsukha Nātha, Tilopa, Maitripa, and Naropa. Similarly, great Tibetan lamas such as Milarepa, Sakya Pandit, and Lama Tsongkhapa were renowned as masters of Mahāmudrā, and Lama Tsongkhapa transmitted a unique lineage of Mahāmudrā meditation.
The main instructions focus on techniques for meditating upon the mind in order to achieve one-pointed concentration and attain a realization of the mind’s ultimate nature. The direct, unmistaken antidote to ignorance, to suffering, and to the unenlightened state of existence is Mahāmudrā meditation.
Rinpoche will teach on the approach to Mahāmudrā based on both the sutra teachings the tantric or Vajrayana teachings. Rinpoche has indicated that these teachings will only be open to those who have previously received a Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation (such as the full initiation of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Kalachakra)
Who is it for?
These teachings will include an explanation of a unique method for gaining calm abiding based on the skillful means of tantra. For those who attended the Six Yogas of Naropa retreat at Vajrapani Institute in December 2016, the Mahāmudrā retreat will be an excellent follow-up to that. These teachings will only be open to those who have previously received a Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation (such as the full initiation of Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Kalachakra).
This retreat is not open to those who are doing the practice of Shugden (which has been strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).
- Those attending both this retreat and The Cittamani Tara Empowerment and Commentary can stay at Vajrapani Institute October 21st at no cost. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
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