Sadhana of Mahamudra: A Practice For This Dark Age

Suzann Duquette

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The Sadhana of Mahamudra is considered one of Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s most important and enduring legacies. As a practice liturgy it is a powerful way to engage with the highest teachings. According to his own teachers and other respected Buddhist leaders, it is terma, or mind treasure, worthy of a lifetime of study.

Over the course of six modules of study and practice, Suzann Duquette leads a deep exploration of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. Five talks were filmed via Karmê Chöling in 2020 during a Parinirvana weekend celebration of Trungpa Rinpoche’s life and teachings.

The course can be taken by individuals or groups as a weekend retreat or over a span of several weeks. Practice sessions, led by Umdze Marian English, are accessible on their own for practice at any time. A feast practice session is also included. The syllabus, shown below, includes background on the sadhana’s revelation during Trungpa Rinpoche’s retreat in Bhutan in an environment thought to be visited by Padmasambhava. Key themes and sadhana structure are explored. Contemplations, study suggestions, and discussion prompts are included in the course.

Reading List

  • The Lion’s Roar: An Introduction to Tantra, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Crazy Wisdom, Chögyam Trungpa
      • Crazy Wisdom Seminar I: Chapter One: Padmasambhava and Spiritual Materialism; Chapter Four: Eternity and the Charnel Ground
    • Crazy Wisdom Seminar II: Chapter Seven: Dorje Trolö and the Three Styles of Transmission

The following is recommended for those who have taken the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka:

  • The Sadhana of Mahumudra Tris With Retreat Guidelines by the Vajravairochana Translation Committee, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; Judy L. Lief, Editor

Teachers and Faculty

Suzann Duquette has been a student of Shambhala for more than 40 years, beginning with the first summer of The Naropa Institute. She is a core faculty member of the Shambhala Ritual Academy, which focuses on strengthening and furthering sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala. She is also a Daoist-Qigong instructor in the lineages of Dr. Eva Wong and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher. A resident teacher at Karmê Chöling, she teaches, inspires community practice and study, and is lead core faculty of the Mukpo Institute, a residential program for deep practice and study. With her husband Jan Enthoven, she also owns and operates Blue Skies, a bed and breakfast near Karmê Chöling.

Individual: $108
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.
Centers: $399 / Groups: $299