DLM - Spiritual Development Program
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
an affiliate of Emory University, presents
The Paramita Tradition
of Mahamudra*

January 18 - May 16, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Third Saturdays
Taught by
Geshe Ngawang Phende

This special instruction on introducing the nature of mind was transmitted from the Victorious Vajradhara through Manjushri to Lama Tsongkhapa, and written down by the First Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen.

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In so doing, this quintessential instruction of mahamudra belonging to the precious Ganden- Kagyu oral tradition is explained by the Panchen Lama in terms of preparatory practices, actual methods and concluding procedures. In terms of preparatory practices, these are: refuge and bodhicitta; the manner of relying on the root of the path—the spiritual guru; the practices of accumulating merit and purifying non-virtue,

The actual methods are: The uncommon method of accomplishing the levels of mental abiding and other topics related to calm abiding; the manner of introducing the mind; the conventional nature of the mind and the ultimate nature of the mind. Then, having identified the points associated with the manner of engaging in the practice of mahamudra, the text explains the uncommon manner by which the view is sought on the basis of meditation. Finally, the text explains the uncommon assertions of the great sages of the past.

Daily Schedule
1st Session:
10 am - Noon
  Lunch:
Noon - 2 pm
2nd Session:
2 - 4 pm
The Mahamudra Series will be offered by Geshe Ngawang Phende beginning on January 18, 2020 and continuing on the third Saturdays, from 10 am - 4 pm.
   



January 18

Preliminary Practices of Mahamudra
    First, the text explains the manner by which one must engage with effort in the preparatory practices that are a precursor to mahamudra. It begins with a discussion of refuge and bodhicitta. Then, upon identifying the lineage lamas of the mahamudra tradition, the text describes how one should engage in the practices of accumulating merit and purifying non-virtue. The latter is accomplished by cultivating antidotes endowed with the four powers while reciting the hundred syllable mantra or offering prostrations in combination with the recitation of The Confession of Downfalls. Finally, the text discusses the practice of engaging in the practice of guru yoga.
February 15
Different Ways of Asserting Mahamudra
    The text identifies the various ways in which mahamudra is posited by different scholars. Having done so, it explains in an extensive manner how all of these come to the same essential point.
March 21
How to Accomplish Calm Abiding by Taking the Mind as One’s Focal Object:
    In relation to this, the text discusses the manner by which shamatha is attained in accordance with this tradition and the means by which shamatha is attained in reliance upon its causes—the six applications. In particular, the text identifies the unique means for putting an end to discursive thoughts in accordance with this tradition and then teaches how this is achieved.
April 18
Identifying the Conventional Nature of the Mind and the Absence of the Self
The text next discusses how to train in this tradition’s unique method of cultivating meditative equipoise on the conventional nature of the mind—its mere clarity and awareness. It then explains the importance of realizing the absence of the self of persons as a preliminary to seeing the reality of the mind.
May 16
Identifying Mahamudra and How to Maintain the Practice during Subsequent Attainment
    Having introduced the great seal mahamudra, the ultimate nature of the mind, the text explains the way in which one maintains meditative equipoise focused on this as one’s object. Then, upon arising from the state of equipoise, it discusses how all agents and actions appear as dependent arisings, like illusions.
 

*NOTE

Prerequisite for taking "The Paramita Tradition of Mahamudra" is
having completed the "Foundation Series", the "Intermediate Series"
and "The Lamrim Series".
Payment and early registration is four days before the event date.
To register for these courses please call the center at: 404-982-0051

Tuition:
$58 per Class for DLM Members and $65 for non-members
Full Series: $245 for DLM Members and $275 non-members
A voluntary offering to the teacher is customary in the Buddhist tradition.
Location:
Drepung Loseling Monastery
1781 Dresden Drive, Atlanta GA 30319


  Geshe Ngawang Phende was born in Nepal in 1968. As a young boy he entered Drubthob Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal where he received his initial monastic training. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery, south India in 1982 at the age of 12, where he successfully completed his monastic education and passed the Geshe Lharampa examination in 2001. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and stayed there for a year. Geshe Ngawang was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center in Johannesburg, South Africa for nearly four years. Twice he has been on the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour and at present is one of the resident teachers at DLM.

  Suggested Reading for the Mahamudra Series

 

The Gelug/Kagyu Tradion of Mahamudra
by H.H. the Dalai Lama & Alex Berzin

 

 

Cancellation Policy:
One-day events: If you withdraw before the day of the event, we will refund your fees, minus a $20 administrative charge. You must speak with a member of the administrative staff by 6pm. Leaving a message will not alter your registration. There will be no other refunds.
If you do not attend a session it is counted as a withdrawal and there will be no refunds or exchanges.
*When purchasing a series for either the Foundation or the Intermediate classes note that the series advantage gives you a lower rate and purchasing classes individually gives you flexibility. When purchasing these series the first class will count toward the one day cancellation policy. After the first class has begun for the purchase of the series there will be no other refunds or exchanges.

Multiple-day events: If you withdraw before the start of the retreat, course, or event, we will refund your fees, minus a 10% administrative charge. If you withdraw after the first retreat or teaching session, we will refund 75% of the fees. After the start of the second session there will be no refunds.