About the Mahamudra Course

The Mahamudra Course will be available as a part of the Vajrayana Online program starting September 1, 2017

Enjoy this short excerpt from the Mahamudra Course by Mingyur Rinpoche

Course Overview

Mahamudra is considered the most profound and direct path to awakening in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. This lineage of practical instructions helps us to experience the radiant purity of awareness itself and to stabilize this experience and integrate it with every aspect of our lives. For centuries, teachings on Mahamudra have been passed down by some of Tibet’s greatest masters, including Milarepa and Gampopa.

In this course we will learn the most important principles and practices of the Mahamudra tradition. Our journey will be based on an important text - Clarifying the Natural State by Takpo Tashi Namgyal. Clarifying the Natural State is considered one of the most important works on this profound set of practices. Additional texts and short readings offer opportunities to expand and deepen our knowledge. The course will also include weekly video teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche, live webinars, and optional individual interviews with Senior Tergar Instructors, and a range of other resources for study and practice.

Throughout the course, we return to three familiar points of reference: view, meditation, and application. Discussion questions, reflection exercises, and meditation suggestions are also organized around these areas of emphasis.

What is included in this course?

  • Weekly audio and video teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche, with video subtitles and transcripts
  • Weekly readings on the practice of Mahamudra
  • Weekly audio introductions from Senior Tergar Instructors
  • Two webinars each month with Tergar Instructors and Mingyur Rinpoche when his teaching schedule permits
  • Optional personal practice interviews with the Tergar Instructors
  • A range of resources for Mahamudra, including additional teachings, practice workbooks, and more
  • A forum to discuss practice and ask questions

How much does it cost?

The Mahamudra Course and other courses in Vajrayana Online including the Ngondro and Nectar of the Path Courses are included as part of your monthly subscription to Vajrayana Online for as long as you remain subscribed. Visit Vajrayana Online to learn more.

When does it start?

This course begins September 1, 2017 and runs until March 31, 2018

What will I need for this course?

The core texts for the Mahamudra Course are:

  • Clarifying the Natural State by Takpo Tashi Namgyal
  • Crystal Clear by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Supplementary texts, used throughout the course:

  • Moonbeams of Mahamudra, by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
  • Essentials of Mahamudra, by Thrangu Rinpoche

Once you've completed your subscription, you will see further information and links for book purchases on the course homepage.

How do I participate?

Since this course is part of the Vajrayana Online program, you must meet the Vajrayana Online requirements, as follows:

"This program is open to those who have received both ngondro transmission and pointing out instructions from a qualified lineage holder of either the Kagyu or Nyingma traditions. Tergar students receive these instructions and transmissions at all Path of Liberation retreats".

For questions about the qualifications please contact Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted at tim@tergar.org.

If you meet these qualifications and subscribe to the Vajrayana Online program, you can access this Mahamudra Course as part of your subscription.

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