NEW IN JANURARY 2019
Westchester Buddhist Center will begin holding group practice of The Sadhana of Mahamudra, once a month, on the second Monday evening of the month, at the Aligned Center in Irvington. The Sadhana is a liturgical practice composed by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968.
Westchester Buddhist Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting group practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on the second Monday evening of each month at the Aligned Center in Irvington, New York. We have initiated regular practice of the Sadhana in recognition of its 50th anniversary. Our first Sadhana practice will be held on the evening of Monday, January 14th. All are welcome to attend!
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a liturgy—both teaching and practice—written in traditional style by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche half a century ago, not long after he began working with western students. It is inspired by Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), an Indian teacher and yogi who was instrumental in bringing buddhadharma to Tibet. It is said that this practice text is a terma, a teaching Guru Rinpoche magically concealed for a future time when it might be needed, and was discovered by Chögyam Trungpa in our own times, when it is sorely needed indeed.
The Sadhana underscores the profound simplicity of the dharma as presented by both the Kagyu-Mahamudra and Nyingma-Dzogchen lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. It directly addresses the spiritual materialism, abuse of power, and degeneration of practice that compromised Buddhism in Tibet and threaten to do the same in the West. It helps practitioners steer a middle path between the extremes of empty intellectualism and blind devotion to protocol.
As the sadhana is traditional in style, its references and symbolism may seem exotic and possibly incomprehensible on first reading. As with all dharma teachings and practice, understanding develops through patience and contemplation. We encourage newcomers to simply experience how a Sadhana practice feels. The chant leader will give a brief explanation of the practice before it is begun and will also be available to answer any questions afterwards.
“It is hoped that this sadhana will be practiced by those who are prepared to see the living dharma within. The sadhana will help to purify the present degenerate state of philosophy and meditation practice. It will help to bring peace in the warfare waged by materialism.” From The Sadhana of Mahamudra
DATES: Starting on January 14, 2019. Other dates: February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15.
TIME: 7 - 9 pm
WHERE: The Aligned Center, 101 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533
DIRECTIONS: The Aligned Center is directly above the Red Hat Restaurant, but to get there, park in the large lot in front of MP Taverna and walk into courtyard to the right of the Eileen Fisher Lab. Go straight ahead to the "Foundry" entrance. The space is on the second floor right at the top of the stairs.
RECOMENDED READING: Article by Carolyn Gimian, “About the Sadhana”
THE SADHANA OF MAHAMUDRA
Group Practice and Study of a Traditional Sadhana
Second Monday of the month at 7 pm
Starting January 14th
The Aligned Center
1 Bridge Street, Suite 64
Irvington, 10533, NY. View directions
All are welcome to attend!
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TEXT! Purchase new text edition from the Nalanda Translation