KATHMANDU RETREATS 2024: Receive key Buddhist teachings in person from Mingyur Rinpoche at his home! Learn more.

KATHMANDU RETREATS 2024: Receive key Buddhist teachings in person from Mingyur Rinpoche at his home! Learn more.

Mahamudra: A Song of Realization Essence

“Mahamudra is the supreme approach. It reveals the natural state of mind — the spontaneous presence of the three kayas — in a straightforward, accessible manner. This is the sole path that is traveled by all the supreme siddhas and vidyadharas.”

— Tsele Natsok Rangdrol

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course on Mahamudra will help us gain a deeper understanding of the Mahamudra tradition’s unique approach to view, meditation, and action within Buddhism. Mingyur Rinpoche will teach on the essential points of Mahamudra so that we can get a taste of what it is and how it fits into the Buddhist path. We will learn these points, meditate on them, and then bring our meditation into our daily lives so that our study and practice can go beyond an intellectual understanding and become a lived experience.

We will explore topics such as the four pillars of Mahamudra, different styles of Mahamudra meditation, and the distinction between realization and experience. The course is divided into eight sections, each focusing on a major theme of the Ganges Mahamudra text by Tilopa, a great Indian master and the founder of the Mahamudra lineage.

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COURSE EXCERPT

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

The Mahamudra style of practice can help us discover our true nature and the nature of our mind in an accessible and direct way. If you seek greater clarity and a step-by-step approach to deepen your practice, these teachings and instructions will be invaluable. Drawn from the experiences of realized beings like Tilopa and explained in a playful yet profound manner by Mingyur Rinpoche, these teachings can become a lived experience for you.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In this course, you will learn:

  • about seeing the true nature of yourself, others, and the world around you
  • about the foundation of Mahamudra
  • about Mahamudra styles of meditation
  • about the pointing out instruction on the nature of mind
  • about the difference between experience and realization
  • how to meditate using Mahamudra instructions
  • how to integrate the view of Mahamudra in your daily life

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS COURSE?

This course includes:

  • a series of teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche highlighting key points of the Mahamudra view and practice
  • live events with Mingyur Rinpoche and Tergar guides
  • exclusive interviews with leading Buddhist teachers
  • detailed instructions on both formal meditation and everyday-life practices
  • peer-to-peer forums to discuss the topics

course dates


Registration is open! The course runs September 1, 2023‒October 31, 2023.

who can take this course?


There are no prerequisites for this course. It is appropriate for practitioners of all levels who want to learn more about the Vajrayana.

COURSE CURRICULUM

This course consists of eight sections, each clarifying a major theme of the text.

  • Sections

  • Welcome to the course. Mingyur Rinpoche and course guides Tim Olmsted and Kunsang Palmo welcome you to the course.
  • 1. Mahamudra: The Nature of Mind. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces the Mahamudra tradition and its emphasis on recognizing the empty, luminous nature of the mind.
  • 2. The Four Pillars of Mahamudra. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach on the four pillars of Mahamudra — the view, meditation, application, and fruition.
  • 3. Pointing Out the Nature of Mind. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will explain what pointing out instruction is and why it is so important.
  • 4. The Path of Mahamudra. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach us about how to practice Mahamudra in a step-by-step manner.
  • 5. Mahamudra Shamatha. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach about Mahamudra shamatha.
  • 6. Mahamudra Vipashyana. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach us about Mahamudra vipashyana.
  • 7. Experience and Realization. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche will teach us about the difference between experience and realization and how we can begin to connect with the latter in our own hearts.
  • 8. The Life of a Mahamudra Meditator. In this section, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches us about three central aspects of Mahamudra practice and about its benefits.

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After the free trial, you will be charged for a monthly subscription, and the subscription will automatically be renewed each month. You can unsubscribe anytime, and no additional fees will be charged.

Tergar is committed to making the benefits of meditation available to everyone. To ask about subscription assistance, contact us at [email protected].


After the free trial, you will be charged for a monthly subscription, and the subscription will automatically be renewed each month. You can unsubscribe anytime, and no additional fees will be charged.

Tergar is committed to making the benefits of meditation available to everyone. To ask about subscription assistance, contact us at [email protected].

Do you want to know more about the Mahamudra: A Song of Realization transmission?

The Mahamudra: A Song of Realization transmission will include a series of courses and retreats that provide a unique opportunity to integrate the core elements of the Mahamudra path into your practice and daily life. Learn more.