THE CHÖ MAHAMUDRA SERIES
Consists of three major 5-week series – Mahamudra Shamatha, or resting in the nature of mind; Mahamudra Vipashyana, or clear seeing; and Mahamudra Chö, the direct blending of awareness and expanse of space. These three-part series sequentially introduce the core practices of “the Path of Liberation (Drol-Lam)” according to the Mahamudra Chö (Chö Chakgya Chenpo) tradition. Each series consists of the commentary & teachings based on the authentic source, as well as practice, contemplation and, homework. Our intimate online small group setting allowed students ample opportunity to fully participate, exchange reflections and clear any doubts which may inevitably occur in their meditation process.
Our first Series is devoted to the foundations and development of single-pointed concentration, i.e., cultivation of a calm, clear and focused mind, specifically focusing on the nature of mind. During this five-week series, we will learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills, how to strengthen our faculty of mindfulness, and how to bring skills developed through meditation into our daily lives. Within Buddhism, this training is often referred to as Shamatha practice.
Mahamudra Shamatha is the building block for any of the advanced practices. This practice, which focuses on the nature of mind, plays such a key and foundational role in the path of freedom and awakening in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions that it is called by many names - “Shamatha focusing on the conventional nature of mind,” “Settling the mind in its Natural State,” “Taking the Mind as the Path,” and “Taking Appearances and Awareness as the Path.” In addition, this series will also highlight the preliminary practices which act as a foundation for Mahamudra practice along with a brief discussion of the tantra or Vajrayana level of practice.
Master Course 2: Mahamudra Shamatha
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