Sadhana of Mahamudra practice

March 17th (2018)

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    Room: BSMC



    Everyone is welcome!

    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of the Shambhala community, wrote a practice called the Sadhana of Mahamudra, which is chanted aloud in a group session on the new moon of each month. It is both a practice and a teaching on overcoming obstacles and degraded spiritual practices in our time. The sadhana – a Tibetan word meaning “means of accomplishment” – explains how to transmute the phenomenal world directly into enlightenment through meditation in action.  

    This practice is full of symbolism which may seem very strange to new practitioners. Don't expect to understand it fully the first time you do it. As with all dharma teachings, understanding develops through patience and contemplation. So we encourage newcomers to come in and experience how a sadhana practice feels. There will be a brief explanation of how to do the practice before it is begun.

    Sadhana practices are usually very secret, but this one is unusual because it is public: a person walking in off the street can come in and participate in the practice (although it is always lead by a person who has received the permission blessing and teachings about this practice). The practice is done on full and new moons days, when our moods and thought patterns tend to be most unruly. Instead of running away from the chaos of a busy mind, we invite you to join us for this practice!

    (credit to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center for parts of this description)