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In this recorded class, the instructors helped to identify the literal meanings in the sadhana and glimpse the deeper meanings by drawing on commentary by the Trungpa Rinpoche, a literal translation of the text by the Nalanda Translation Committee, and a variety of other sources in the Kagyu-Nyingma tradition.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a highly poetic text that expresses essential teachings of the traditions the Vidyadhara inherited from his teachers. With little or no commentary, a practitioner at any stage of the path can experience its power and presence.

Yet, the sadhana is also so jam-packed with dharma that a detailed exploration rewards us and can make the ritual even more powerful to practice. Delving into the details and the moving parts at the heart of the Sadhana doesn’t dry up the magic–it enhances it. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

About the Instructors

Barry Boyce began practicing and studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. He was longtime senior editor with the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines. He is editor-in-chief of Mindful, editor of The Mindfulness Revolution, and co-author of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He has taught many dharma and Shambhala programs and, in recent years, much of his study and teaching has been focused on the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
Derek began the practice and study of Buddhism in 1976 under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He received a B.A. from Harvard College focusing in Buddhism, and also studied with other leading dharma teachers, primarily Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. In 2009, he co-founded and continues to co-lead Westchester Buddhist Center, which is dedicated to the unique tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has been teaching Buddhism since 1981.