Program Details

Sadhana of Mahamudra


April 20 / 11:00 AM - December 7 / 12:30 PM



PLEASE NOTE that on Sunday, August 10th, we're presenting the Sadhana of Mahamudra, Moonrise Over San Pablo Bay! This will involve a time and location change from our regularly scheduled practice. For more information please click here.



The regular time and location (11:00 a.m. at Tamalpais Shambhala) will resume on Sunday September 7th.


The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation and chant practiced regularly by the Shambhala community. At Tamalpais Shambhala we will be practicing this chant on the Sunday closest to the full Moon, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 (the practice generally takes about an hour, but please allow for an extra 15 - 30 minutes as times can vary). The Sadhana of Mahamudra was written by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while on retreat in Bhutan in 1968. This retreat marked a profound turning point in his presentation of the Buddhist teachings in the West. Afterward, he began teaching in a much more direct and penetrating way, traditionally known as "crazy wisdom."

The text itself evokes this sudden fruition view, as if we are awakened buddhas on the spot. It also expresses the devotional longing of a spiritual traveler seeking inspiration and insight in times of physical and spiritual materialism. Bringing together these two qualities of devotion and crazy wisdom, the sadhana presents in poetic language and symbolic imagery the most profound teachings of vajrayana Buddhism.


All are welcome. No need to register. When our Sadhana practice falls on the same day as one of our Second and Last Sunday Community Practice Days (which are from 10 - 12:00 noon), we will simply combine the two, beginning the Sadhana practice at 11:00. Those present for the Second or Last Sunday practice day can join in or leave prior to starting the Sadhana).



For more information on the Sadhana of Mahamudra, there's a great deal of information to be found here on the Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.




"The Sadhana's purpose was to bring together the two great traditions of the Vajrayana, as well as to exorcise the materialism which seemed to pervade spiritual disciplines in the modern world. The message that I had received from my supplication was that one must try to expose spiritual materialism and all its trappings, otherwise true spirituality could not develop. I began to realize that I would have to take daring steps in my life." -from Chogyam Trungpa's Epilogue to Born in Tibet

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