A Talk on the Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Larry Mermelstein

May 16th

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Room: Main Meditation Hall

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Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala centers, wrote a Buddhist practice called the Sadhana of Mahamudra, which is chanted in a group session on the full moon. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is both a practice and a teaching on overcoming obstacles and degraded spiritual practices in our time. As a result, the benefits of this practice are particularly strong because it was uncovered for this specific time and place.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra explains how to transmute the phenomenal world directly into enlightenment through meditation in action. Thus, this chant contains the essence of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings for the West. Its discovery represented a major turning point in his presentation of the Buddha’s teachings to Western students. Prior to his discovering this teaching, Trungpa Rinpoche still wore the robes of a monk. But afterwards, he gave up his vows and led the life of a lay teacher, inviting his students to dance, awake, within the chaos of ordinary, daily life rather than aspiring to the special, sequestered life of monasticism

“The question that we need to look into is how we can overcome spiritual materialism fully and properly, without simply brushing it off as an undesirable consequence. The question is how we can actually work with the tendencies toward spiritual and psychological materialism that exist in the world today. How can we work with those things properly? How can we transmute them into livable, workable, enlightened basic sanity?"

- Chogyam Trungpa

Larry Mermelstein has been the Executive Director of the Nalanda Larry MermelsteinTranslation Committee for over forty years. Under the direction of Trungpa Rinpoche, the Committee translated numerous Buddhist texts and practices– many of them for the first time into English. In addition Books such as the Rain of Wisdom and The Life of Marpa were also translated into English offering a rich presentation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We are very fortunate to have someone with his background and understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and the unique contributions made by Trungpa Rinpoche to the West.

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