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Books on Mahamudra

Glimpses of Mahamudra

Mahamudra is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous.

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The Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje : A Guide for Readers

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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Reader’s Guide

The importance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on the Karma Kagyu tradition quite simply cannot be overstated.  Since he was recognized as a Tulku of the previous Thrangu Rinpoche in 1938 by the 16th Ka...

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The Benefit of Retreat

Shabkar Elucidates the Essentials of Spiritual Practice My disciple Wongpo, a local chief, one who is rich with the jewels of the aryas, asked me to tell him the benefit of dwelling in lonely mount...

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The Second Vajra Point: Magical Illusion

The Universe and Beings An Excerpt from Finding Rest in Illusion Phenomena are thus revealed as being, in their dreamlike nature, devoid of origin. The root text then explains that they should b...

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The Third Karmapa: True Nature of Mind

The Eight Kinds of Consciousness by Rangjung Dorje The Third Karmapa For the meditation on the nature of your own mind it is customary to ask your teacher for pointing-out instructions. Some practitioners are lucky enough to realize their true nature of mind straight away, whereas others merely perceive...
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Mahamudra: Meditation Directly on Reality Itself

Tilopa and the Attainment of Non-Attainment   Tilopa (988–1069) Once, Tilopa advised his disciple to go off to an isolated retreat and avoid any meditation. Now, this may seem a little unusual for a meditation retreat. He explains, however, that when you go to meditate, you normally take up something...
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His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche on Body Posture

How we sit, stand, and hold our body affects our mind—which is of importance especially during meditation. This excerpt from The Practice of Mahamudra by Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche concisely describes the subtle effects of placements of the hands, tongue, and so forth. "It is very important...
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Mahamudra: All Stages of Instruction

The Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa’s Mahamudra Prayer Eighth Tai Situpa, Situ Panchen Chökyi Jungné (1700-1774) Translated by Lama Sherab Dorje   Forward All students of the Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are familiar with Karmapa III Rangjung Dorje’s beautiful prayer, known in brief...
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