Mahamudra Online Retreat
with teachings by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen & Acharya Lhakpa Tshering
Aug. 26–28, 2022
Hosted by Nalandabodhi International and Nalandabodhi Brazil
Many great Buddhist masters have risked their lives to receive teachings on Mahamudra. For example, Marpa endured the long journey from India to Tibet, three times, on foot. Therefore, even though we might be busy or feel we have some understanding of and experience in Mahamudra, this online retreat is a precious opportunity. It allows us to receive profound instructions, great guidance and further our practice to accomplish liberation from suffering for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Going in retreat together, minimizing our distractions, putting aside our worries, can help us to realize Mahamudra, to take the words of the Buddha to our heart and see how we can apply them in our daily life. At the end, we will dedicate the merit so that all sentient beings can recognize the nature of mind, the awakened state.
About the Retreat
Mahamudra is a life-changing practice that applies the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings on working with the mind. To practice Mahamudra is to fully embrace the Buddhist journey towards freedom from life’s struggles.
During this retreat, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will give profound key instructions that allow participants to practice Mahamudra meditation. Acharya Lhakpa Tshering will then lead participants through the actual meditation practice. In this way, the retreat will combine precious wisdom teachings and meditation experience on Mahamudra, the path of simplicity.
- Sessions will be recorded and become available 24 hours after the talks and will remain available for 30 days; however, it is recommended that participants attend sessions live whenever possible.
- 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.
- Sessions will be taught in English and Tibetan with translations to French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese.
Buddhism is rich in methods for working with the mind. One of the most renowned and powerful is the ancient wisdom tradition called Mahamudra. Originating in India, the view and practice of Mahamudra gradually spread across Asia and today has reached the West. As a philosophy, the Mahamudra teachings communicate clear knowledge about the true nature of the mind. As a meditation practice, it is designed to bring about the experience of that reality 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 Mahamudra’s profound methods, there’s no need to change our lifestyle. Any message to the contrary is not a true Mahamudra teaching. The practice of Mahamudra points us toward the experience of the mind in its essential state –– completely free and joyful, whatever life may bring.
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 and to which there is no exception.
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.
About Acharya Lhakpa Tshering
Acharya Lhakpa Tshering was born in Bhutan and entered monastic school at age 12. In 1993, he enrolled at Rumtek Monastery’s Karma Shri Nalanda Institute in Sikkim, India. During his final years as a student, he served as an assistant teacher and member of the student welfare committee.
In 2002, Acharya Lhakpa graduated with a masters in buddhist studies, also known as an acharya degree. After completing his studies, he served as co-librarian with Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, as a teacher at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, and as an editor for Nitartha Publications in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In 2006, Acharya Lhakpa moved to Nalanda West in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to support students as a resident teacher. He is also a visiting teacher at Nalandabodhi centers across the northeastern and central United States, as well as Brazil.