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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.

Readings

Oct 13
Moonbeams, Chapter 11: Mindfulness, Nonmindfulness, and Equipoise & Postattainment, pp. 305- top of 319
Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance: Śamatha Without Support & Tightening, Loosening, and Subverting, pp. 504 & 506
Oct 27
Moonbeams, Chapter 11: General Ways to Sustain Meditation and Methods for Sustaining Equipoise I, pp. 319-324
Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance: Looking with Stillness, pp. 508-509
Nov 10
Moonbeams, Chapter 11: Methods for Sustaining Equipoise II, pp. 321-top of 339
Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance: Looking with Movement, pp. 509-510
Nov 24
Moonbeams, Chapter 11: Methods for Sustaining Postmeditative Attainment, pp. 339 – 345
Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance: Looking with Appearances and Body, pp. 510-11
Dec 8
Moonbeams, Chapter 11: The Way Postmeditative Attainment Manifest as Illusionlike, pp. 345 –  354
Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance: Looking with Stillness and Movement, pp. 512-13

Prerequisites

This course is open only to those who:

  1. have received mahamudra pointing-out instructions from a recognized vajrayana lineage holder, AND
  2. participated in Moonbeams of Mahamudra: Mahamudra Vipasyana Parts I and II on Ocean.

Those who did not participate in this course are also welcome to join if they:

  • listen to the recordings and do the meditations from Vipasyana Parts I and II and and read Chapters Nine and Ten of Moonbeams,
  • or if they participated in mahamudra programs based on Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, or a similar mahamudra vipasyana program, and have read Chapters Nine and Ten of Moonbeams.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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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