Practicing Mahamudra, the disciple is being step by step guided by the master in their meditation, starting with refuge with its methods to resting unceasingly in the nature of their mind to finally reach Mahamudra.
In order to approach our goal, buddhahood, it is necessary to master the three corner stones of Mahamudra: view, meditation and action. In other words: inner attitude, perception and motivation, formal meditation with all its many steps and methods and postmeditation, i. e. the upkeeping of our sacred view and of our meditation’s results.
There are different approaches to practicing Mahamudra, the Sutra and Tantra transmissions. In Kagyu, we have three important Mahamudra practice transmissions by the 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje, namely Mahamudra Ocean of Certainty, Pointing out the Dharmakaya, Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance
In the Sutra transmission, Mahamudra Ocean of Certainty, we are being step by step guided through the formal meditation of ABiding PEacefully, followed by Superior Insight with all their many methods, in order to finally be introduced to the nature of mind by the master. Then we continue to practice to let our heart, that we now know for sure, shine uniterruptedly, until it blossoms fully and becomes indestructable, beyond all methods.
Mahamudra Ocean of Certainty is currently yearly being taught by Guru Vajradhara to an international audience in India as a 7 years’ transmission starting from the very beginning, with 12 preliminaries, elaborating into hundreds of gradually building up practices of Abiding peacefully and Superior Insight until the student is being introduced to the nature of their mind and from then on guided and instructed to deepen their meditation, prolongue it and become Mahamudra.
The tantra transmission of Mahamudra is being practiced in the special three years’ retreat with its many methods in a cycle. The ninth Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa organized the entire Mahamudra practice into a cycle from taking refuge to the most elaborate practices in order to make it accessible to everyone capable of doing so. This complete cycle is being transmitted exclusively in the framework of three years’ retreat in our lineage.
Instructions and transmissions need to be given by an authentic master of a genuine, living lineage and the progress of the student overseen and guided.
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