Moonbeams of Mahamudra: Shamatha

with Elizabeth Callahan

November 3rd—January 12th (2021)

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Mahamudra is the practice at the heart of all Kagyu traditions.

Mahamudra shamatha establishes the space in which we behold the nature of mind. This six-session biweekly program will explore the sutra-based shamatha and the mahamudra shamatha instructions in Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā. They reflect the Dakpo Kagyu approach to shamatha meditation: resting quietly in non-conceptuality with the sharp clarity of mindfulness and alertness.

The primary focus of the six-session class will be to support and deepen our personal practice of mahamudra shamatha. Each session will include an introductory talk, guided meditation, and breakout group discussion.

During the intervening two weeks, it is expected that everyone will spend some time practicing the specific shamatha instructions. Preparation for each session will include a reading in  Moonbeams (the first one to be provided prior to the program). 

Required text: Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, translated by Elizabeth Callahan, published by Shambhala Publications

Open to tantrikas and graduates of Warriors Assembly, or comparable 2-3 years of shamatha practice, with permission. Permission and questions email Janet Romaine


Elizabeth Callahan began her contemplative training and Tibetan studies in 1977, and completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York, under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. She is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has translated key texts of the Karma Kagyu tradition, including Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, Profound Inner Principles, and, most recently, Moonbeams of Mahamudra. She has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002 and is the director of the Tsadra Foundation Studies Scholarship Program.

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