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Sadhana of Mahamudra


August 10 / 10:00 AM - September 24 / 8:00 PM

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is an important text composed by the Vidyadhara (Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche) and a turning point in his presentation of the buddhadharma in the West. The Sadhana is practiced at the Atlanta Shambhala Center on the new and full moon days.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the first practices that the Vidyadhara encouraged his students to do, and has a number of important characteristics. This sadhana is a binding factor for our community because students at all levels of practice can participate and receive a true experience or understanding of the spiritual path. Its essential teaching is that the nature of the practice itself undercuts any ideas of spiritual materialism. The practice consists of meditation and chants, and lasts about an hour.

These teachings are precious in many ways. The Tibetan text is itself terma, and the translation was considered by the Vidyadhara to be terma because of the ease with which the English translation happened. Terma are teachings that were concealed by the great Tibetan teacher Padmasambhava for the sake of future generations, and are rediscovered by a terton (a teacher able to find these teachings), at the auspicious time when they are needed. Such is the case of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, a teaching on overcoming obstacles and degraded spiritual practices in our time.

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