* REMINDER! Pre-registration required by January 14, 2015*
Saturday and Sunday, Jan 17-18
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10 am - 5:30 pm each day.
PLEASE NOTE: The restricted part is Saturday 10 to 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 5:30
(Participants are responsible for their own lunches)
Suggested donation $108
Financial aid inquiries are always considered. Contact Derek Kolleeny at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to those who have attended any Vajradhatu Seminary.
*A Restricted Weekend Program*
HOW TO REGISTER: Once you have submitted your pre-registration form and if you are approved for participation in the program, you will receive an email with a link for final registration and payment.
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a short Vajrayana practice received by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while on retreat in Bhutan in 1968 as a “terma” or discovered treasure. This retreat marked a profound turning point in his presentation of Buddhism in the West. The text presents the fruitional Vajrayana view, bringing together the devotional Mahamudra tradition of the Kagyü lineage and the crazy wisdom Ati tradition of the Nyingma lineage. As such, it provides a powerful touchstone for understanding our Vajrayana heritage. Traditionally it is practiced by the community on the new and full moon days of the lunar calendar.
This weekend program will include two talks per day with discussion, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, sitting and walking meditation, a meeting with a meditation instructor, and extensive practice of the Sadhana itself.
Saturday morning’s talk will focus on the history and context of the Sadhana, while the Saturday afternoon talk will go through the liturgy in detail. Sunday morning will be open to the general public as one of our regular Dharma Gatherings. The talk will be on “Spiritual Materialism”, a key concept in the Sadhana. Sunday afternoon will focus on devotion, connection with the lineage, and opening our hearts to receive their blessings, all of which are key aspects of Vajrayana practice. We will conclude by practicing the Sadhana together with a final talk on sacred world, followed by a closing reception.
*Please note: This program will be restricted to those who have completed either a full weekthun, a Profound Treasury of Dharma course, who have a regular practice, or who have received permission from one of our three teachers in advance. The text of the Sadhana of Mahamudra is not openly available for purchase, and can only be practiced in groups on special occasions unless one has completed an extensive study program on the Sadhana, such as this weekend.