Moonbeams: Mahamudra Elixir 2 - Identifying and Sustaining the Nature of the Dynamic Mind[ONLINE]

with Elizabeth Callahan

April 15th—June 17th

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Mahamudra Elixir 2: Identifying and Sustaining the Nature of the Dynamic Mind
Image credit: Plum Moon, watercolor by Terry Durell Colosi

Note that this program is restricted to eligible participants.
Dates: Mondays - April 15, 29, May 13, June 3, 17
Online over zoom
7:00-8:30 pm Eastern time


This five-part series will explore key points in Moonbeams of Mahamudra with a special emphasis on mahamudra instructions for practicing with mind's dynamic qualities (thoughts, emotions, mind’s expressive power, and display). The series will focus on chapter 10, Pointing-Out, and chapter 11, Sustaining Mahamudra. The first and last are summed in these two quotations:
Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje: 
[Mind-itself] is empty in essence yet clear in nature,
and its manifestations appear unimpededly as anything at all.
All appearances and sounds are like illusions,
mirages, and reflections: they have no real characteristics.
The perceiver of illusions is mind-itself, space.
As with our previous series,  each session will include guided meditation, a talk, and discussion on an assigned topic of contemplation from the previous session. 
There will be no assigned discussion topic for the first session. 

There will be handouts for each session but it is recommended that everyone have a copy of Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, translated by Elizabeth Callahan.


You do not need to have participated in the previous series to join this one.


Elizabeth CallahanElizabeth 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.


This class will be offered online via Zoom. Classes will be recorded and recordings made available to participants to follow along or review.

The zoom link, and other details will be emailed to paid and confirmed registrants approximately 1 week before the program begins. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours after registration, please check your spam folder, then contact [email protected] to make sure you are able to receive class communications.


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Participants will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registration, and a confirmation email with program details approximately 1 week before the program begins. Sometimes emails may end up in your promotions, spam or junk folder. It’s also possible that you’ve unsubscribed from emails from Shambhala, which prevents you from receiving the necessary emails. If you don't receive the confirmation email, please contact [email protected].

Price Please see our pricing policy page for information about tiered pricing, MyPrice, cancellations and more. 

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Zoom participation As with any contemplative practice, your environment impacts your experience. For those wishing to join virtually, we strongly suggest you find a space to join the program that is relatively quiet and free of distractions. Zoom meeting info will be provided to registrants approximately 1 week before the program starts.

FAQ Common questions might be answered on our FAQ page.

Code of Conduct: Shambhala's Code of Conduct applies to everyone present at any program or event. The policy describes appropriate conduct, misconduct, and what resources are available if you have a concern. There are also specific policies which apply to people in positions of authority, sexual misconduct, diversity, inclusivity and anti-discrimination and working with children. Read about them on the Code of Conduct Hub (

Note that this program is restricted to eligible participants.

Requirements: This course is only open to those who have received pointing-out instructions in the Mahamudra tradition and practicing mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana meditation. One need not have attended Mahamudra Elixir Part 1 to join this class.