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“Mahamudra” found in 64 documents
Karma Kagyu Mahamudra: Preparation
IntroductionMahamudra is a Sanskrit word and it means “the great seal,” and when we talk about a seal, we’re talking about these things that they used to have, where you dipped it in wax and then you made a stamp on something, and it guarantees the authenticity of a document...
Commentary on “Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance” – Dr. Berzin
The Buddhist Framework for Mahamudra
Initial Sketch of the Topic "Mahamudra" is a Sanskrit word meaning "great seal" and refers to the nature of all phenomena. Just as a wax seal is stamped on legal documents to authenticate their signature, likewise the nature of reality is figuratively stamped upon everything...
The Practical Application of Mahamudra
Before Beginning Mahamudra Practice
Introduction I make heartfelt obeisance to the precious Kagyu line. Although manifestly enlightened countless ages ago, you have been emanating in whatever bodies have been suited for taming those needing to be tamed, so that even hearing your names eliminates the fears of...
Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance
Introduction and Mahamudra Preliminaries
Introductory Remarks Everyone wishes to be happy and not to suffer. Whether we are rich or poor, young or old, highly educated or illiterate, we all have this same hope and aspiration. A religious person uses spiritual means to attain this goal, while someone who does not...
Commentary on "A Root Text for Mahamudra" – The Dalai Lama
Mahamudra: Review of the Common Preliminaries
Introductory Verses The text begins with the salutation and promise to compose: Namo mahamudraya: Homage to mahamudra, the great seal of reality. I respectfully bow at the feet of my peerless guru, lord of that which pervades everywhere, master of those with actual...
Commentary on "Root Text for Mahamudra" – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Obtaining the Necessities for Mahamudra Practice
[Clarifications by Dr. Berzin are included within square brackets.] Homage Homage to my Gurus. The author, the Third Karmapa, was an extremely learned master who wrote many profound texts that became the core of the Karma Kagyu teachings. Rangjung Dorje (Self-arisen Vajra) was...
Commentary on "The Mahamudra Prayer" – Beru Khyentse Rinpoche
The Preparatory Practices for Mahamudra
The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition This is a topic, which we find in many different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. It derives from India. Specifically, we’re looking at the tradition that’s found in the Gelug lineage, and it is known as the Gelug-Kagyu tradition of mahamudra, which...
Commentary on "Root Text for Mahamudra" – Dr. Berzin
Mahamudra: The Nature of Mental Activity
Mind as Mental Activity This evening, I have been asked to speak about mahamudra and the conventional nature of the mind. It is difficult to speak just about the conventional nature of mind without also bringing in mind's deepest nature, since both natures are inextricably...
Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths
Mahamudra: General Presentation of Preliminaries
The Source of the Teachings Today many people have come, both Western and Tibetan, both laypersons and monastics, to listen to an explanation of mahamudra, the great seal of reality. For many of us, just hearing this word, "mahamudra," causes our ears to perk up. We think...
A Discourse on "Autocommentary to 'A Root Text for Mahamudra'" – The Dalai Lama
Mahamudra: Purification of Mental Activity
Stages of True Stoppings What is relevant here in our discussion of mahamudra is that in both the impure and pure situations, the nature of the mental activity is the same. The conventional nature of both impure and pure mental activity is always mere clarity and awareness....
Mahamudra and the Four Noble Truths