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The Mahamudra Journey — Ground, Path and Result
June 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - June 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am$1,125
The principle aim of all Buddhist practice is to free the mind from the habitual and deeply conditioned patterns that the Buddha discovered to be the principle cause of human suffering. In the long and rich history of Buddhist thought and practice, there were many different approaches and styles of meditation practice that aimed at reducing and ultimately eliminating this burden of suffering, and beyond, that cultivating a more positive and refined vision of human experience.
The Path of Mahamudra was originally developed in the later period of Indian Buddhism and then refined for over one thousand years in the monasteries and hermitages of Tibet. In the past 50 years, it has been widely taught in the Western countries by Tibetan refugee teachers and Western teachers that they have trained. The principle aim of Mahamudra is to gain a direct experience of what is known as the Natural State or Awakened Mind.
We have been teaching a week-long Mahamudra retreat for the past several years. This year we will be taking a new approach based on the orientation of Ground, Path and Fruition Mahamudra.
In Ground Mahamudra, the meditator gains an initial insight into the mind’s deepest nature. The Path and Fruition aspects of the Path are presented from the view of learning how to deepen and stabilize the initial insight into the mind’s basic nature. We will also be emphasizing what it means to live from the heart of the Natural State. One of the special aspects of Mahamudra practice is that it uses everything that arises in our experience as part of the Path.
We will begin with preliminary practices which are the basis for Ground Mahamudra. Calming and insight practices will emphasize deepening and stabilizing meditation experience. Guided meditation sessions will be presented for all practices to assist each participant in understanding each practice. Mahamudra is also known as a relational tradition in that it is important to regularly review your meditation experience with a teacher. To that end, each person will have a regular individual interview to review practice, answer questions and clear up any confusing points. The retreat will also include movement and energy practices as these are an important part of Mahamudra training.
The cost of the retreat is $1,125 which includes single room accommodations, all meals, teachings and interviews. If you wish to participate, please send a $100 deposit to Dan Jorgensen, 13118 Thistledown Court, Auburn, CA 95603. The balance is due by May 15th. If you have a financial hardship, please let us know.
If you have not participated in a previous retreat with us, we ask that you fill out a short retreat application. The reason for this is to make sure this retreat is suitable for you. If you have any questions about the retreat or need an application, please respond to either of us by email. Our email addresses are on our website: www.clearmountainwisdom.org