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Rangjung Dorje’s Mahamudra Aspiration is an extraordinarily pithy and comprehensive text. Not only does the text elucidate the ground, path, and fruition of mahamudra, but it contextualizes mahamudra practice within an understanding of the three yanas and of madhyamaka. For seasoned practitioners, the course will serve as a review and fresh reminder of the core principles of the path. For newer practitioners, the course will provide a very practical overview of the Kagyu and Nyingma vajrayana path, as well as a useful guide to further study.


We are honored to welcome the renowned translator and scholar Gerardo Abboud to Ocean. Gerardo will give seven lectures on consecutive Thursdays starting April 21 at 7:00 pm Eastern. He is President of Dongyuling Drukpa Kagyu Center, established in Argentina in 1986, where he gives regular teachings and conducts retreats. He also served as Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s principal translator from 2000 to 2016. Learn more about Gerardo Abboud.


In addition to Gerardo’s talks, Ocean is offering a tutorial after each class to further explore the teachings being presented. The tutorial will be in a discussion group format and will be led by Martin Evans, Derek Kolleeny, Larry Mermelstein, Julia Sagebien, and other senior teachers from our sangha. In particular, an emphasis on the practical application of these teachings within the practices of thamel-gyi-shepa and treckcho will be explored. The tutorial will be held every Monday at 7:00 pm Eastern beginning April 25.

Please join us for these unique opportunities to expand our understanding of the mahamudra tradition.

The third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)
This thangka belonged to Trungpa Rinpoche and is currently displayed at the Shambhala Centre in Halifax, Nova Scoita. Used here by permission of Lady Diana Mukpo. The thangka was photographed by Marvin Moore.

About the Instructors

Gerardo Abboud is President of Dongyuling Drukpa Kagyu Center, established in Argentina in 1986, where he gives regular teachings and conducts retreats. Born in Argentina in 1945, in 1969 he graduated as Industrial Engineer at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1970 he traveled to India and Nepal, where he stayed until 1985, studying and practicing mainly the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. He acted as translator from Tibetan into English and Spanish for many lamas from his days in the Himalayan region, and served as Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s principal translator from the years 2000 to 2016. Since 1992 he has been the Spanish interpreter in Latin America for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He translated a comprehensive commentary on Mahamudra by 3rd Khamtrul Rinpoche called The Royal Seal of Mahamudra, and co-translated some short texts included in The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra, both published by Shambhala.

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