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
Session 1: Determining the Essence of Mind-itself
Core reading: pp. 226 – top of 233
Additional readings, can be done before or after first session: pp. 215 – top of 224 and 233-237
Session 2: Determining the Nature of Thoughts
Core reading: pp. 242-243
Additional reading, can be done before or after the session: pp. bottom of 237 – 242
Session 3: Determining the Nature of Appearances
Reading: pp. pp. 243-244
Session 4: Concluding That Thoughts Are Mind-Itself
Reading: pp. 245 – mid-246
Session 5: Concluding That Appearances Are Mind-Itself
Reading: pp. mid-246 – 247
Session 6: Cutting Through the Roots of Stillness and Movement Within Mind-Itself
Reading: pp. 247- top of 250
Session 7: Concluding That Everything That Arises Is Uborn
Reading: pp. 250 – 252
Session 8: Final Session
Reading: pp. 253-258
Additional reading: Chapter 10: pp. 288-295