Lama Jinpa Tharchin
Kagyu Mahamudra Preliminaries
Mondays, 7-9PM CDT
Ongoing starting Monday April 12, 2021
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Hosted by Kagyu Droden Kunchab, St. Louis
Lama Lodu Rinpoche, Spiritual Director
At Lama Lodu Rinpoche’s suggestion and with his blessing, Lama Jinpa Tharchin will offer weekly teachings and discussion on the Kagyu Mahamudra Preliminaries (Tibetan: Ngon-dro). This will be an overview of both the Common and Uncommon practices which are the essential preparation for all practitioners before beginning Mahamudra.
It will be Lama Jinpa’s intention to provide a general understanding of these preliminary practices and how they integrate with each other to prepare one for the main practice of Mahamudra.
The Buddha said, “Mind is chief, and the forerunner of all happenings.” Whatever the state of our mind, it determines what we say and do. If our mind is at peace, our words and actions will express that peace, and we will likely be of benefit to others. Our Buddhist practices of hearing, contemplating, and meditating mark out stages of training our minds leading to the ultimate goal, Buddhahood. The three vehicles— Foundational, Mahayana, and Vajrayana— embody this path of training; and the Preliminary Practices embody all three vehicles. These Preliminaries provide a strong basis to anyone who wishes to practice in the Kagyu tradition.
The Zoom sessions will be interactive and provide ample time for questions and comments. As meditation is fundamental to all dharma practice, we will devote the last part of each session to practicing Shamatha meditation together.
The Torch of Certainty, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Shambhala Publications.
The Torch of True Meaning: Instructions and the Practice Text for the Mahamudra Preliminaries, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye and the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, KTD Publications.
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