Earth Water Fire and All the Elements: Reading the Sadhana of Mahamudra as if for the First Time

Teacher : John Rockwell
Coordinator: JT Buck
Price per person: $149
Patron Price: $199

The Sadhana of Mahamudra was received by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 when he was in retreat seeking inspiration for how to present the dharma in the West. The sadhana brings together the highest and most profound teachings of mahamudra and ati. With daring compassion, Trungpa Rinpoche made this practice open to everyone.

To fully receive this precious gift, we must study and practice it wholeheartedly. This course goes step-by-step through the sadhana, exploring the inner meaning of each section of the text. There are five recorded talks. John will also give two live talks and lead two live practice sessions.

Topics Explored

Talk 1                    Taking Refuge and Arousing Bodhichitta
Talk 2                    Three Leaps and the Charnel Ground
Live Talk 1           Journey to Taktsang and Beyond (talk and slide show)
Talk 3                    Visualization and the Three Karmapas
Talk 4                    Devotion and Supplication
Talk 5                    Abhisheka and Blessing
Live Talk 2           Feast Offering

Schedule for Live Sessions

May 26:  8pm ADT | 7pm EDT    Full-moon Practice    
June 13:  2pm ADT | 1pm EDT    Live Talk: Journey to Taktsang and Beyond
June 24:  8pm ADT | 7pm EDT    Full-moon Practice
July 11:  2pm ADT | 1pm EDT     Live Talk: Feast Offering

For each talk, there are readings from the two seminars that Trungpa Rinpoche taught on the sadhana, as well as contemplation questions to spark online discussion.

This online course can be a great way to prepare for a two-week, in-person and online retreat that John will lead at Dorje Denma Ling, July 31 - August 14. This retreat is called Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun, and will focus on the practices of mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana, tonglen, and Sadhana of Mahamudra. It is open to anyone who has an ongoing practice of shamatha-vipashyana.

For more information or to register for the online retreat:

About John Rockwell

John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English. For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. His inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.




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