Chö Mahamudra Series

 

Mahamudra Shamatha

A Five-Week Series led by Chöying Khandro

 

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS

Five Sundays, October 28 – December 2 (No class on November 18)

10:00 am – 11:00 am (PST)

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 setting in a small group will allow students ample opportunity to fully participate, exchange their reflections and clear their doubts which may inevitably occur in their meditation process.

 

MAHAMUDRA SHAMATHA

Our first Series is devoted to the foundations and the development of single-pointed concentration or 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 the skill developed in meditation to 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, focusing on the nature of mind, plays such a key and foundational role in the path of freedom and awakening in the Mahamdra and Dzokchen traditions, that it is called by many names such as “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.

 

During this series, Chöying will offer the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text, The Highway to the Conquerors: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyu Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commentary. Chöying has received the transmission of this text from many great masters including His Holiness Dalai Lama.

 

FEES

No charge for Members (Donations are welcome.)

$75 for Non-Members

Please send the fee via Paypal to dakiniswhisper@gmail.com

 
RECOMMENDED READING

His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra

Dakpo Tashi Namgyel; Clarifying the Natural State

Wallace, B Alan; The Attention Revolution, Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind‎

 

The DW Members will automatically receive a zoom invitation. However, we'd appreciate if you let us know in advance if you will participate. If you are a non-member, please register below or become a member. You will receive an invitation one hour before the start time.