Deutsch, The teachings will be in English, with simultaneous translations into Portguês, 中国, Chinese, Español, Français.
“Meditation” does not mean meditating on something; rather, it means to become familiar with the nature of our mind. (Milarepa)
“Let your mind be in its uncontrived natural state, evenly and free of effort, like a great garuḍa soaring in the sky.” (Mahāmudrā Without Letters)
This talk will be the first one in a series exploring the meaning of Mahāmudrā, explained as “the gift of pleasure” in one of Nāropa’s texts, and the role mindfulness plays in this, from the deliberate mindfulness of a beginner all the way up to “mindless Mahāmudrā.” This state of effortless and non-deliberate mindfulness that is beyond mind—simply not being distracted from the very essence of the present moment of the mind—is different from simply paying close attention to the present moment of consciousness. This will include a review of Saraha’s fourfold key teachings on Mahāmudrā, called “minding” (or “mindfullness”), “nonminding” (“mindlessness”), “being unborn,” and “beyond mind.”
The practice of Mahāmudrā provides us with tools to directly click in to the spontaneously present clarity and vast openness of our own buddha mind. In Mahāmudrā shamatha, we familiarize with this through resting the mind in its natural state, which is open, spacious, and relaxed, yet very vibrant. In Mahāmudrā vipashyana, we take a closer look at the mind when it rests in such a way and also when it starts moving and experiences external and internal objects.
By engaging in these profound practices with a genuine sense of trust in our own buddha nature and the teachers that point it out to us, the birth of unborn mind—the warm and all-pervasive glow of emptiness with a heart of compassion—can become a direct experience.
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