Mahamudra Online Retreat
with teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and guided meditations by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Aug 20 – 22
Hosted by Nalandabodhi Brazil
About the Retreat
Mahamudra is the natural state of our being –– a life-changing practice that extracts the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings. During this retreat, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be giving the profound key instructions that will allow participants to practice Mahamudra, and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will lead the actual meditation practice.
Join us for this retreat, open to the public, which will combine profound wisdom teachings and meditation on Mahamudra, the path of simplicity.
- Sessions will be recorded and become available for viewing 24hours after the talks but it’s recommended that students who are able to attend live, do so.
- Although there are no prerequisites to attend, it’s highly recommended that participants have a regular meditation practice and some basic understanding of Buddhist principles.
- Taught in English and Tibetan with translations to Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, German and Chinese.
Buddhism is rich in methods for working with the mind. One of the most renowned and powerful is the ancient wisdom tradition known as Mahamudra. Originating in India, the view and practice of Mahamudra gradually spread across Asia and today has reached the West. As a philosophy, it aims to communicate clear knowledge of the true nature of the mind. As a meditation practice, it is designed to bring about that experience swiftly and unmistakably.
Mahamudra is a contemplative Buddhist tradition known for its simplicity. The practice is to be genuine, relaxed, and aware in every situation in life, to accept and appreciate who we are. To engage in its profound methods, we aren’t required to change our lifestyle, and any message contrary to that is not a true Mahamudra teaching. The practice of Mahamudra is an experience of our mind that’s completely free and joyful, no matter what our life brings us. It points us to mind’s true nature.
The meaning of Mahamudra is found in its name. Maha means “great” and mudra means “symbol” or “seal.” The Great Symbol referred to is the wisdom of emptiness, which is the very nature of our mind and of all phenomena—any object or idea the mind can observe or become aware of. Because it covers the totality of our experience, the Great Symbol is known as the all-encompassing reality from which there is no escape or exception.
About Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and many other books. A lover of music, art, and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher, and visual artist.
Acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style. In 2017, he launched the initiative #GoKind to celebrate and encourage acts of kindness around the world.
About Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was born in Nepal and entered the monastery at age thirteen. In 1981, Lama Tenpa and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche enrolled in the first class of Rumtek Monastery’s Karma Shri Nalanda Institute in Sikkim, India. Lama Tenpa completed his studies with an Acharya degree in 1991. Following his graduation, he taught Buddhist philosophy at the institute for two years. Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, he then entered a three-year retreat in Pullahari, Nepal.
From 1997 to 2004, Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was the resident teacher at H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s Theksum Tashi Chöling Center in Hamburg, Germany. Since 1998, Lama Tenpa has also been one of the main teachers at Nitartha Institute. Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen is a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches regularly at Nalandabodhi centers around the world.
Nalandabodhi is an international community dedicated to bringing the wisdom and compassion of awakening into today’s world. Using tools the Buddha offered, we provide a genuine path to a more open, kind, and full life.
Under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, our centers provide open and supportive spaces for engaging in study, meditation, and mindful activity on the journey to discover the full potential of our own mind. To learn more visit nalandabodhi.org
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