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Mahamudra Meditation Manual


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To use this meditation manual, we recommend the following:
  • That one approaches the practices with a sense of caring and respect.
  • That one accepts self-responsibility for one's journey on the path and does not give this up to any "outside stander" including one's teacher.
  • That one questions all material in here "as carefully as buying gold on the bazaar" even though this text has obtained the approvals and blessings of a traditional lineage master.
  • That one first consult one of Thrangu Rinpoche's many texts on Mahamudra and/or attends a retreat on Mahamudra given by him or one of MMC's certified teachers.
It may be helpful to read one or both of the two appendices (Appendix A - Intro. to Buddhism and Appendix B - Mahamudra Perspectives) first since they provide a contextual perspective. Also, traditionally, we cover the first "five series" over a period of 9-10 months, going through practices one week at a time. These are practices which are to be explored and not just read, so please proceed leisurely. Click here or on Table of Contents to proceed to a detailed listing of the contents of the online manual (or, if you prefer, proceed to hte resource section below for a link to a PDF version of the manual.)

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Additional Resources for Mahamudra Meditation Center Students

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Supportive MahamudraTexts for MMC Students

MMC Meditation Manual (Link to PDF Version) - A Meditation Guide for Mahamudra

LT's Personal Notes from 1989 Mahamudra Retreat by Thrangu Rinpoche - Moonbeams of Mahamudra by Thrangu Rinpoche (trans. of teachings was conducted by K. McLeod)

Mahamudra Teachings - Mahamudra Teachings by Garchen Rinpoche

MMC Version of Translation of Guide to the Four Fold Pointing-Out of Wangchug Dorje - Bokar Rinopoche's Verses to Support Pointing-Out of Wangchug Dorje

Gampopa's Song of Mahamudra Realization - Song of Mahamudra Realization by Gampopa (trans. by Khenchen Könchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche)

Doha byTilopa - Doha by Tilopa Received from Rinpoche in 2004 (trans. by Nicole Riggs)

Supportive Dzogchen Texts for MMC Students

MMC Practice Text for Dudjom Tersar Concise Ngondro - Ngondro for Students of Mind Teachings (Vajrayana Approach)

MMC Longchen Rabjam Chant Text - Longchen Chant Booklet

MMC Guide to Longchen Rabjam Meditations - A Supportive Guide to Meditations of Longchen Rabjam

LT's Personal Notes on Essence of Dzogchen According Tsoktsey Rinpoche - 'Pointing to the Point' as Learned from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche (trans. of teachings Choeje Rinpoche)

MMC Version of Translation of the Essence of Practice on Longchen Rabjam - The Heart Essence of Practice by Longchen Rabjam

Miscellaneous Notes for MMC Students

MMC Version of Chenrezig Teaching on Mindfulness - Chenrezig Verse on Mindfulness

MMC Version of Tilopa Quote on Lucidity of Mind - Tilopa on Lucidity of Mind

MMC Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Notes - Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Notes

MMC Illusory Body Yoga Practice Based On KKGR - Illusory Body Yoga of Naropa (trans. by Khenchen Könchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche)

Original 2003 Summary of MMC Teacher Training Program Presented to and Endorsed by Rinpoche- Executive Summary of MMC Teacher Training Programs

2005 Article on Anniversary of Thuksay Rinpoche by LT at Request of Drukpa Kagyu Office - Reflections on Geagen, Amila, and Thuksey Rinpoche

2006 Article on Anniversary of Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche by LT at Request of Drikung Kagyu Office - Article on Confidence of Bodhicitta

Supportive Chant Texts for MMC Students

Jigme Lingpa Bodhicitta Prayer - A Wonderful Bodhicitta Prayer

Traditional Refuge/Bodhicitta, Four Immeasurables and Dedication of Merit - Refuge/Bodhicitta, Four Immeaurables and Dedication Prayer

MMC Retreat Chants 2001-2010 - MMC Crestone Chant Book 2006

MMC Practice Chants 1995-2000 - MMC Practice Chant Text 1995

Jigten Sumgon Tara Prayer - Essence of Tara Aspirations

MMC Sadhana of the Essence of Chenrezig - Essence of Chenrezig and Tibetan Text (Alt. Translation - Source Unknown)

MMC Autumn Sky Sadhana of Mahamudra (A Collection of Verses from Teachers) - Autumn Sky Sadhana of Mahamudra


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A Meditation Guide For Mahamudra


Credits and References

Foreword - The Basis for These Practices

Introduction - Establishing a Circle of Yogis

Bodhicitta

The Start of a Group

Recognizing Areas of Deviation

The Playground

1 - Resting Mind Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Joyful Resting

(2) Attending to Visual Appearances

(3) Blue Light at the Heart

(4) Sounding AH

(5) Counting Breath

(6) Following Breath

(7) Gentle Vase Breath

(8) Just Sit

2 - Exploring Mind Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Shape of Mind

(2) Colors of Mind

(3) Location of Mind

(4) Luminosity and Voidness of Mind

(5) Origin, Abode, Destination

(6) Self-Aware Primordial Wisdom

3 - Exploring Thoughts and Appearances Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Shape of Thoughts

(2) Colors of Thoughts

(3) Location of Thoughts

(4) Luminosity and Voidness of Thoughts

(5) Origin, Abode, Destination

(6) Self-Aware Primordial Wisdom

(7) Investigating Appearances

(8) Investigating the Perceiver of Appearances

(9) Investigating Moving and Calm Mind

(10) Comparing Positive and Negative Thoughts

(11) Comparing Positive and Negative Appearances

(12) Certainty Regarding Moving and Calm Mind

4 - Spontaneous Coemergence Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Coemergent Mind

(2) Coemergent Thoughts

(3) Coemergent Appearances

(4) Ordinary Mind

(5) Meditating on the Ordinary Mind

(6) Mindfulness, Vigilance, and Caring

(7) Loosening Mind

(8) Resting in Primal Freshness

(9) Delightful Mind

(10) Mind of Relaxation

(11) Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction

5 - Dawning of Certainty Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Determining the Nature of Thoughts

(2) Determining the Nature of Thoughts and Appearances

(3) Determining the Nature of Consciousness

(4) Awareness and the Three Times

(5) Self and Others

(6) Overarching Awareness of Certainty

(7) Continuing in Awareness of Certainty Day and Night

(8) Carrying Kleshas on the Path

(9) Carrying Illness on the Path

(10) Carrying Sleep on the Path

(11) Carrying Death on the Path

(12) The Four Yogas of Mahamudra

6 - Facets of Being Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Bodhicitta Aspiration and Application

(2) Illusory Body

(3) Knowing Time

(4) Knowing Space

(5) The Play of Knowledge

(6) Ground of Being and Self-Identity

(7) The Five Elements and The Five Female Buddhas

(8) The Five Skandhas and The Five Male Buddhas

(9) Dream Yoga

(10) Wrathful Means

(11) The Guiding Body

(12) In Action

Appendix A - An Introduction to Buddhism

The Life of the Buddha

The Four Noble Truths

The Meaning of "No-Self"

The Primordial Buddha and a Lasting Liberation

The Practice of Meditation

Appendix B – Perspectives on Mahamudra

The Meaning of Mahamudra

Preliminaries

Spiritual Friend

Perspectives from Three Kagyu Lineages

Afterword




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