Sadhana of Mahamudra

March 27th—November 18th (2017)

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    The Sadhana of Mahamudra was written by the founder of Shambhala International in a retreat cave in Bhutan. It brings together two streams of teachings in which the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche had trained in Tibet. Written originally in Tibetan, it was translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee under his direction and given to our sangha for practicing at our centres by anyone inspired to do so. This practice is meant for our particular time as a means of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Trungpa Rinpoche describes spiritual materialism as the use of spirituality to reinforce rather than undercut ego's desire to manipulate one's world and experience for personal gain: to use spiritual practice as just another means of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, rather than as a means of fearlessly embracing the essential groundlessness of mind and phenomena.

    We would like to invite qualified umdzes to volunteer their time by signing up on this spreadsheet. (Please note the spreadsheet is just being updated). "Qualified umdze's" are those who have completed their Kagyu or Shambhala ngondro practice and are familiar with leading the Sadhana of Mahamudra. If you have completed your Kagyu or Shambhala ngondro and would like to umdze, but have not done so before, please contact Juanita Evans at [email protected].  

    This practice is held monthly on the new moon. Sometimes the practice is moved to a day before or a day following the new moon due to scheduling issues. Please check the  monthly calendar for updates and to confirm that there is an umdze signed up. If there is no umdze signed up by the day before the practice, that practice session will be cancelled. Please also check the start time of the practice on the schedule at top of this page. Some days it begins at 5 pm and some days at 7 pm. The practice is for one hour.

    If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]