Mahamudra Meditation

In addition to Mahamudra teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the Summer Institute offers the following meditation instruction and practice opportunties:

Community Meditation

Mahamudra Shamatha

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I

Mahamudra Vipashyana-II

Silent Mahamudra Retreat

Community Meditation

Open to all onsite Summer Institute students | Sessions 1 and 2

Community Meditation is open to everyone who is registered for
the Summer Institute, both online and on site.

Join us for this daily meditation — it is the perfect opportunity to calm our minds and connect with ourselves and each other!

Level 1

Mahamudra Shamatha

Sessions 1 and 2

Faculty

ACHARYA LAMA TENPA GYALTSEN

Mahamudra Shamatha and Mind and Its World

Generally speaking, Mahamudra shamatha can be correlated with the pramana view (valid cognition) that is taught in Mind and Its World I&II (Study Level 1). The faculty for these courses help students to see the correlations between Mahamudra shamatha and Study Level 1 topics. It is, therefore, highly beneficial to take Mahamudra shamatha and Mind and Its World together.

MAHAMUDRA SHAMATHA PREREQUISITES

Onsite students:
Mahamudra shamatha is open to all registered students who are attending the Summer Institute on site.
It is recommended that students have some background in the study of dharma and some experience with sitting practice.

Online students: You might be eligible for Mahamudra shamatha if:

  • you have previously taken Mahamudra shamatha at Nitartha’s Summer Institute (note that if you have already taken two 9-day sessions of Mahamudra shamatha you are also eliglbe for Mahamudra vipashyana-I); or
  • you are a Nalandabodhi student who is following the Nalandabodhi Mahamudra shamatha curriculum or has completed it; or
  • you have attended a live Mahamudra program in which Mahamudra shamatha was taught and practiced; or
  • you have completed a three-year retreat

Registration and Mahamudra eligibility applications open in March.

Level 2

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I

Sessions 1 and 2

Faculty

DR. SANDRA ROSCOE

MITRA LEE WORLEY

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I and Madhyamaka

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I is correlated with the Madhyamaka view (Study Level 2), and is expressed well in a song by the yogi Milarepa:

“Throughout the day and night look at your mind.
When you look at your mind you don’t see anything.
When you don’t see anything let go and relax.”

Study Level 2 and Mahamudra Vipashyana-I faculty help students to see the correlations between these levels of study and practice. It is, therefore, highly beneficial to take these Mahamudra and shedra courses together.

MAHAMUDRA VIPASHYANA-I PREREQUISITES

Online and onsite students: You might be eligible for Mahamudra Vipashyana-I if:

  • you have attended a Nitartha Institute Mahamudra shamatha course (two 9-day sessions), and ideally have additional Mahamudra shamatha practice experience; or
  • you are a Nalandabodhi member who has completed the Nalandabodhi Mahamudra shamatha curriculum; or
  • you have received Mahamudra shamatha and/or vipashyana teachings from other Mahamudra teachers and have practiced Mahamudra shamatha; or
  • you are a graduate of a three-year retreat.

Registration and Mahamudra eligibility applications open in March.

Level 3

Mahamudra Vipashyana-II

Sessions 1 and 2

Faculty

ACHARYA LAMA TENPA GYALTSEN

Cittamatra & Buddha Nature and Mahamudra Vipashyana II

The Cittamatra and Buddha Nature traditions (Study Level 3) primarily teach about the luminosity of mind, which is correlated with continued training in Mahamudra vipashyana meditation. Therefore, it is highly recommended to take Study Level 3 and Mahamudra Vipashyana-II together.

MAHAMUDRA VIPASHYANA-II PREREQUISITES

Online and onsite students: You might be eligible for Mahamudra Vipashyana-II if:

  • you have attended a Nitartha Institute Mahamudra vipashyana course (each course consisting of two 9-day sessions), and ideally have additional Mahamudra shamatha and vipashyana practice experience; or
  • you have received Mahamudra vipashyana teachings from other teachers, have practiced Mahamudra vipashyana and have covered the topics presented in the Ocean of Definitive Meaning up to “Pointing Out the Nature of Mind Based on Appearances.”

Registration and Mahamudra eligibility applications open in March.

Silent Mahamudra Retreat

Session 3

LED BY ACHARYA LAMA TENPA GYALTSEN

During Session 3, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will lead a silent Mahamudra retreat. This is a precious opportunity to deepen our meditation practice under the guidance of a renowned Mahamudra master, and to allow the teachings we have received settle. Silence helps us to enter into our practice more profoundly, and the onsite container is designed to support us throughout this session. (On site only.) See draft schedule.

On site only: Meditation sessions are open to all onsite Mahamudra students. Due to the nature of this retreat, meditation sessions will not be available online.

Would you like to attend only Session 3?: You are welcome to attend Session 3 without attending Sessions 1 or 2 of the 2023 Summer Institute if you have had previous Mahamudra practice experience. Eligibility applications will be available in March.