Sadhana of Mahamudra
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a tantric meditation practice open to the whole Shambhala community, performed on the new and full moon days of the lunar calendar. The practice consists of meditation and chants, and lasts about an hour. We will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. . The Sadhana of Mahamudra was discovered as terma* by the Vidyadhara in 1968 while on retreat in Bhutan. Primarily a group tantric practice, this sadhana is practiced by students of all levels of experience at Shambhala Centers. As a sadhana that combines the Kagyu mahamudra tradition of Karma Pakshi with the Nyingma ati tradition of Dorje Trolo, this is a unique upaya ("skillful means") that speaks directly to overcoming the three lords of materialism of our current age. Its essential teaching is that the nature of the practice itself undercuts any ideas of spiritual materialism.
*These teachings are precious in many ways. The Tibetan text is itself terma, and the translation was considered by the Vidyadhara to be terma because of the ease with which the English translation happened. Terma are teachings that were concealed by the great Tibetan teacher Padmasambhava for the sake of future generations, and are rediscovered by a terton (a teacher able to find these teachings), at the auspicious time when they are needed. Such is the case of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, a teaching on overcoming obstacles and degraded spiritual practices in our time.
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