What is mind? And how do you meditate on it? The Gomdra track of the Summer Institute emphasizes meditative practice as the method to discover and experience your own nature and innate wisdom. While studying the Ocean of Definitive Meaning – a precious text on instructions on Mahamudra meditation – students will be guided in applying the received instructions in meditation sessions. The unique retreat environment of the Summer Institute is ideal to bring your meditation practice to a new level.
I found the teachings very relevant to my current life circumstances, thanks to how the instructors approached the material. In our discussions, I felt I could talk about real life challenges within the frame of dharma studies. This was extremely valuable to me. The practice of analytical meditation was also rich and rewarding.
– Doug E.
For the first time, we will be offering two Gomdra levels at the Summer Institute: one for beginners and one for returning students. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
Gomdra Level 1
In 2018, a new cycle of Mahamudra teachings based on the Ocean of Definitive Meaning led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will begin. Practice sessions will be led by Acharya Lhakpa. Chinese translation will be provided.
Prerequisites: None. The new cycle is open to all who are interested.
Gomdra Level 2
Level 2 is a continuing Mahamudra program for returners. Most sessions will be led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. Chinese translation will be provided.
Who can attend?
- Returning Nitartha Institute students who have completed Mahamudra Shamatha and have taken at least one Mahamudra Vipashyana or Enhancement module.
- General students and Nalandabodhi members with a background in Mahamudra Vipashyana and are currently engaged in deity yoga practice or have done substantial years of deity yoga practice in the past.
- Nalandabodhi members who are following the “NB Path of Simplicity” and therefore have not engaged in deity yoga practice must have completed the Mahamudra Curriculum as taught in Nalandabodhi.
- Students who have completed a 3 year retreat are also welcome to apply.
Students with no prior experience in Mahamudra Vipashyana are invited to join Gomdra Level 1.
Strongly recommended preparations for all participants of Gomdra Level 2:
- Returning Nitartha students who have attended Vipashyana but missed Enhancement are strongly encouraged to watch 2017 Mahamudra Enhancement teachings online prior to attendance.
- Returning Nitartha students who have attended Mahamudra Enhancement teachings in 2017 are encouraged to review the Enhancement teachings online or by reading the transcripts.
- Nalandabodhi students who have not been to Nitartha Mahamudra Gomdra are strongly recommended to review Mahamudra Vipashyana and Enhancement teachings and practice as it is taught in Nalandabodhi.
- General students who have not been to Nitartha and do not follow the Nalandabdhi path are strongly encouraged to review Mahamudra as well as deity yoga view and teachings.
The Gomdra track is divided in 3 modules. You can choose to attend one, two or all three modules.
Gomdra Module 1 (9 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 14 (Saturday)
Travel day: July 15 (Sunday)
Gomdra Module 2 (9 days)
July 16 (Monday) – July 24 (Tuesday)
Travel day: July 25 (Wednesday)
Gomdra Module 3 (9 days)
July 26 (Thursday) – Aug 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)
In 2018, for the first time ever, students who have attended the Gomdra in the past may also attend Shedra courses that fit their schedule. This gives you a unique opportunity to explore both tracks.