Program Details

Kagyü Mahamudra Course

with Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje
November 28 / 7:00 PM - May 23 / 9:00 PM

Led by the Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje and other senior teachers

Every other week, starting mid-November. Exact dates past January 10th are subject to change. Please make sure to be on this program's mailing list for accurate updates.

A course of practice and study of the Kagyü Mahamudra, November 2012 to May 2013, in accordance with the Sakyong’s request to Acharya Mermelstein and the Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje to support and nurture vajrayana students in Shambhala (including but not limited to those who may not be engaged in the Scorpion Seal program).
The course will cover the first three years of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso’s cycle of teachings on The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, the Ninth Karmapa’s exposition of mahamudra, presented at Karme-Chöling between 1991 and 1994.
The course is open to all Shambhala practitioners who have received vajrayana pointing out instruction. A lung is however required prior to studying this material in written form.
In the September 15th Shambhala Online talk instructions are provided for receiving the reading transmission for the 1991 and 1993 transcripts.
A live lung may also be offered… stay tuned.

The course is supported through two principal venues:
1)Through Shambhala Online presentations by various teachers, every other month, with the formal launch on November 17. The Online presentations will provide an overview of the topics to come and discussion of material already studied. (On September 15, the Dorje Loppon gave an introduction of this course on Shambhala Online: access details available through Halifax' Practice & Education.)
$25 per presentation, plus a suggested $5 heart gift.
2) Through group study of the Khenpo’s transcripts, and viewing videos of the Khenpo’s talks. The syllabus is organized around three-month long modules with students meeting every two weeks. The study group will be led by practitioners who attended the Khenpo’s programs, who would help to clarify the material and answer questions. Cost to be determined.

You can check for updated information and resources on the Kagyu Mahamudra Forum at

Some Historical Background
In 1990, the Sakyong formally requested the Khenpo to present mahamudra teachings to our vajra sangha, and at the Sakyong’s continued request, the Khenpo taught extensively at Karme Chöling for thirteen years, pouring out a treasury of advanced teachings of the Kagyü tradition.
The study of these teachings is also in accord with the Druk Sakyong’s intentions. In 1981, he initiated the Ngeton School as a vehicle for vajrayana students to study the dharma more deeply. He mentioned that with that foundation he could teach further in the future showing the close connection between the vajrayana and Shambhala teachings. As well, he might present such teachings as the Third Karmapa’s Profound Inner Reality—teachings, he said, such that ‘if you can meditate on them for three years and three months, you attain enlightenment.’ As the Ngeton School developed, he encouraged us to study the mahamudra vipashyana instructions of the Ninth Karmapa. He requested Thrangu Rinpoche to take on supervision of Gampo Abbey, and approved the founding there of the three-year retreat, which includes three months of intensive mahamudra vipashyana investigation.  The Druk Sakyong also said on many occasions that mahamudra was an essential foundation for anyone aspiring to practice ati yoga.

Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso
Together with the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso was one of the two principal teachers chosen by the sixteenth Karmapa to train young tülkus in the monastic college at Rumtek.
Several hundred students attended the Khenpo’s teaching at Karme Chöling, over a period of thirteen years ending in 2005. The Khenpo’s teachings included the Ninth Karmapa’s long mahamudra exposition, Ocean of Definitive Meaning; Jamgön Kongtrül’s commentary on the completion stage of the terma Gradual Path of the Heart of Wisdom: Jamgön Kongtrül’s exposition of the Six Yogas of Naropa from Treasury of Knowledge; and his explanation of the completion stage in Embodiment of the Three Jewels; the Third Karmapa’s ati yoga exposition, the Karma Nyingthik; and his commentary on the inner tantra, called Profound Inner Reality.

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