The Mahamudra Journey Continued
Starting January 2022
OPEN TO ALL
Live Webcast or Recorded eJourney
“It is not enough that the meditation practice has taken birth;
you must sustain it perfectly.
Unless you sustain it after the meditation has arisen,
you will remain an ordinary person.”
From Clarifying the Natural State by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
ABOUT THE JOURNEY
As our one-year Mahamudra Journey comes to a close, we realize that we have only just begun going directly and deeply into the profound practice of Mahamudra, the Path of Freedom (drol-lam). Our in-depth study and practice may have given us a glimpse into a direct and authentic recognition of our true nature, nature of mind. Yet the experience of living Mahamudra, living presence, moment-to-moment in life with whatever one encounters is forever unfolding.
Thus, we are pleased to announce the continuation of the Mahamudra Journey with the intention of offering each pilgrim direct practices to actualize awakened presence in their unique expression of life and in the world, off-the-cushion! Continuing to practice Mahamudra meditation, this Living Mahamudra Journey continuation will increase our confidence and the direct experience of who we are and our capacity to “show up” in a life of both sorrow and joy— to live presence fully in benevolence for all beings in a world of turmoil.
PLEASE JOIN US ON THE MAHAMUDRA JOURNEY CONTINUED
Ultimately, with deep trust in this indwelling goodness, this Buddha-nature, the Mahamudra Journey Continued, Living Mahamudra will clarify and enrich the unfolding of and confidence in the inner guru. This journey, focusing on CONDUCT, is based on the solid foundation of Shamatha and Vipashyana, VIEW and MEDITATION, from the 2021 Journey.
Please continue to practice and stabilize this ground tool for flowering living presence. Also, come back again and again to the recordings on eLearning for home study and practice if needed. This journey of Living Mahamudra will include self-inquiries, dialogue and practice enhancement as well as personal practice to help us go deeper on the path. Our exploration will include the ways we can stabilize and enhance our nature of mind practice and bring it to our day-to-day, moment-to-moment experience.
If you have been a student on this Mahamudra Journey, we hope you plan to continue the Journey with us. If you are new to the Mahamudra Journey, you are most welcome. In addition to monthly retreats, the recordings from the past retreats and regular group meditations will also support you to establish the basis. Either way, anyone who strives to study, practice and experience Living Mahamudra is welcome!
DATES, TIMES, AND LENGTH OF JOURNEY
Monthly Group Retreat:
The Fourth Sunday of each month, 9:00 – 11:00 am Pacific Time
January - August 2022
JOURNEY OUTLINE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION
Monthly group retreats. Teachings and practices will be held the fourth Sunday each month, 9:00 – 11:00 am Pacific Time, January 2022 - August 2022.
Recordings on eLearning. All the monthly group retreats will be recorded and registered participants will be able to access these on eLearning. Since each of the monthly retreats is sequentially designed to build upon each month’s content, any missed monthly retreat will need to be reviewed via the recordings prior to the next scheduled retreat.
Regular daily meditation. Students will, to the best of one’s ability, practice meditation - Shamatha and Vipashyana, 20 minutes in the morning and evening and bring mahamudra meditation into their daily lives, observing and then sharing experiences during the monthly gatherings and on the Dakini Corner blog.
Complete the Master Course – Khenpo Gangshar’s Mind Instructions in eLearning or actually have attended the annual fall retreat in 2020.
Monthly Journaling as Homework based on the teaching and reflection questions from each monthly MMJ retreat.
OPTIONAL: Group meditation session(s) will be offered monthly or bi-monthly and students are encouraged to participate.
OPTIONAL: Students are encouraged to participate in Dakini’s Whispers’ various additional offerings of Subtle Body Training, Tibetan Yoga, and Tsa-lung practice as well as Restorative Sessions throughout the year.
DW Sangha Membership: Participants in the Mahamudra Journey will be members of the DW Sangha on the same as the Cho Mastery Member Level. (Please see the sangha membership page for the details.)
There is no prerequisite except some form of meditation experience is strongly recommended.
CURRENT 2021 MMJ STUDENTS
If you have been a 2021 MMJ student, you will be automatically registered for MMJ Continued, Living Mahamudra. Please NOTIFY ELLEN GREEN AT email@example.com, if you do not plan to participate.
REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
Please complete the preliminary registration process by using the form below, and submitting the required base registration fee of $30, AND THEN complete your registration as follows:
STEP 2: Become a DW MMJ Level or higher member
If you are a current active Cho Mastery, Dakini, or Sponsor Level member, no additional action is required. Your registration is complete.
If you are a current Supporting Level member: Please go to the membership page to upgrade your membership level to Cho Mastery/Mahamudra Level or above.
All Other Applicants: Please go to the membership page. Complete and submit the Membership Registration Form at the bottom of that page by choosing the Cho Mastery/Mahamudra Journey Level or above (Dakini Journey or Sponsor, which includes Cho Mastery/Mahamudra Journey). Next, click the Paypal button (above the registration form) to set up AUTOMATED MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS or remit the ONE-TIME ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT.
RESOURCES (More resources will be added)
Khenpo Gangshar, Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet: Instructions to Guide You on the Profound Path. Translated by Erik Pema Kunsang. Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe, 1989. (PDF is available.)
Khenchen Thrangu, Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar. Translated and edited by David Karma Choephel. Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 2011.
Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, Clarifying the natural state: a principal guidance manual for Mahamudra. Translated by Erik Kunsang. Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe, 2001.
Kongtrul, Jamgon; Zangpo, Ngawang, Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verses of the Shangpa Masters. Ithaca, New York, USA: Snow Lion Publications, 2003.
If you have further questions, please contact Ellen Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).