Welcome to the Summer Institute

First-time Summer Institute students
with no Mahamudra experience

Mahamudra Shamatha
First-year students

If 2020 will be your first time at the Summer Institute and you have not previously received Mahamudra instruction or practiced Mahamudra meditation, this course if for you!  Please note that prior to the 2020 Summer Institute, Mahamudra shamatha students are required to read and study The Progressive Stages on the Meditation of Emptiness by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (available at the Nalanda Store). The Open Door to Emptiness by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a recommended reading. It is also recommended that students have some background in dharma study and practice.

If you would like to take this level and you are not planning to take the Luminous Essence (Guhyagarbha) course, please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Or if you are planning to take Luminous Essence, please read more on this page about eligibility requirements for that course before you register.

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I
and Vipashyana-II
Second- and third- year students

These courses are only open to those who have previously received Mahamudra instruction from Mahamudra teachers and have practiced Mahamudra meditation.

Luminous Essence:
Tantra of the Secret Essence

New Guhyagarbha students: If you have not taken this course in prior years, you must have completed ngöndro (preliminary practices) in order to attend. If this applies to you, before registering please CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ELIGIBILIT Y APPLICATION (required).

Mahamudra Silent Retreat
with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Session 3 (July 30-August 8)

Students who attend sessions 1 and/or 2 are welcome to stay for this silent retreat, which is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and study.

You may also join this Mahamudra Retreat without having attended either of the two previous 9-day Mahamudra programs if you have previous experience with Mahamudra meditation, such as having taken Mahamudra at a previous Summer Institute or having received practice instructions from a Mahamudra teacher. CLICK HERE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION 3 ONLY.