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This course is open only to those who
1. have received mahāmudrā pointing-out instructions from a recognized vajrayana lineage holder, AND
2. participated in Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā: Mahāmudrā Vipaśyanā on Ocean* (September 2020 – January 2021).
* Those who did not participate in this course are also welcome to join Part II if they:
  • listen to the recordings and do the meditations from Part I (at least the first three sessions) and read Chapter Nine of Moonbeams,
  • or if they participated in mahāmudrā programs based on Pointing Out the Dharmakāya, or a similar mahāmudrā vipaśyanā program, and have read Chapter 9 of Moonbeams (please contact us if you have any questions.)
If you have any questions about the above, please contact us.

The primary aim of the series is to support our exploration and implementation of mahāmudrā vipaśyanā instructions. Using the techniques of vipaśyanā, we can go beyond technique in our own practice to fully recognize what was revealed during the profound pointing-out instructions.

As Saraha says:

Look: mind itself reveals suchness to itself.

Each session will include an introductory talk, guided meditation, and breakout group discussion.

During the intervening two weeks, it is expected that everyone will spend some time delving into the practice instructions.

Required text: Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, translated by Elizabeth Callahan

March 10
Chapter 10: pp. 259-267, Abiding State of Mind
March 24
Chapter 10: pp. 268 – 277, Pointing Out the Connateness of Mind-Itself
April 7
Chapter 10: pp. 277-82, Pointing Out the Connateness of Thoughts
April 21
Chapter 10: pp. 283-88, Pointing Out the Connateness of Appearances
May 5
Chapter 10: pp. 288-295, Mistakes in Meditation + Partial Meditation
May 19
Chapter 10: pp. 295-303, Ordinary Mind

Image: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche executed this calligraphy, Chagkchen da-o (Moonlight of Mahāmudrā), used on the cover of the first English translation of our text by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa in 1986.

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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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