Sadhana of Mahamudra

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Everyone is welcome. Participation is free of charge.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice text composed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala. He wrote the Sadhana in a sacred cave in Bhutan in 1968 at an important turning point in his presentation of the Buddhist teachings in the West. This sadhana is considered terma, teachings concealed by the great Tibetan teacher Padmasambhava for the sake of future generations. Such teachings are discovered by tertöns, special teachers who are able to find the teachings during the times when they are most needed. Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the great modern tertöns and the Sadhana of Mahamudra is such a teaching.

Overcoming Spiritual Materialism

This practice is meant for our particular time as a means of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Because it was meant for this time, it’s potency is particularly strong.

The sadhana is based on two main principles—the principle of space associated with the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism and the principle of energy associated with the Kagyü school. The text is full of symbolism that may seem strange. Don’t expect to understand it fully the first time. You can simply chant the words and relax into the atmosphere that doing so creates.

The practice lasts a little over an hour and involves both chanting and silent meditation. Texts for the practice are provided at the Center. See below or check our center calendar for upcoming dates.

2021 Practice Dates

Thursday, January 28th: 7 – 8 PM
Saturday, February 27th: 7 – 8 PM
Sunday, March 28th: 7 – 8 PM Cancelled
Monday, April 26th: 7 – 8 PM
Wednesday, May 26th: 7 – 8 PM
Thursday, June 24th: 7 – 8 PM
Friday, July 23rd: 7 – 8 PM
Sunday, August 22nd: 7 – 8 PM
Monday, September 20th: 7 – 8 PM
Wednesday, October 20th: 7 – 8 PM
Friday, November 19th: 7 – 8 PM
Saturday, December 18th: 7 – 8 PM


Please make sure to check our monthly calendar in case of changes to the schedule.

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