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This series of six sessions will focus on strengthening our familiarity with the mahamudra practices presented in Moonbeams and deepening our personal experience of key mahamudra instructions. Each session with include guided meditation, a talk, and discussion on an assigned topic of contemplation from the previous session.

As Gampopa says
You need these four: confidence in the instructions, confidence in your own abilities, confidence in your experiences, and confidence in the view.

Assignment for the first class
Please bring three key points from our study and practice of Moonbeams. These can be what you found most useful, what you would share with others in the course, or what you feel are the most important aspects of the text. If you can only come up with one, that’s fine too. If you find that you can’t put into words your inexpressible understanding and experience of mahamudra, no worries! Please don’t feel you have to say anything.

Please Note
Since this course is only available to a small group of people, it is not posted on the “Courses” page with other Ocean courses. Once you have joined the course, it will appear in “My Courses” [see that button in upper-right corner].

Note that the fifth session will be the canceled session (December 8) from the previous series. The reading for that is Chapter 11: The Way Postmeditative Attainment Manifest as Illusionlike, pp. 345 – 354.

About the Instructors

Elizabeth Callahan began her contemplative training and Tibetan studies in 1977, and completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York, under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. She is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has translated key texts of the Karma Kagyu tradition, including Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, Profound Inner Principles, and, most recently, Moonbeams of Mahamudra. She has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002 and is the director of the Tsadra Foundation Studies Scholarship Program.

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