Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā: Vipashyanā Part Two

with Elizabeth Callahan

June 7th—August 23rd

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

Continuing our study and practice of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, this six-session bimonthly course will be on Chapter 10: Pointing-Out Instructions. The primary aim of the series is to support our exploration and implementation of mahāmudrā vipaśyanā instructions. Using the techniques of vipaśyanā, we can go beyond technique in our own practice to fully recognize what was revealed during the profound pointing-out instructions.

As Saraha says: Look: mind itself reveals suchness to itself.

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 delving into the practice instructions.

Required text: Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, translated by Elizabeth Callahan

This class will meet on 6 Mondays, June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, and one more date TBD

Restricted Program

Prerequisites: This course is open only to those who 1) have received pointing-out instructions from a recognized vajrayana lineage holder, AND  2) participated in Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā: Mahāmudrā Vipaśyanā I.* 

* Those who did not participate in this course are also welcome to join Part II if they have participated in mahāmudrā programs based on Pointing Out the Dharmakāya, or a similar mahāmudrā vipaśyanā program, and have read Chapter 9 of Moonbeams (please contact us if you have any questions.)


Elizabeth Callahan

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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Note that this program has prerequisites

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