Mahāmudrā, the Great Seal, is an essential meditative and ritual practice employed by Tibetan Buddhist traditions to understand and experience the nature of mind, and thereby attain liberation.
Professor Jackson will discuss the Indian and Tibetan background of Mahāmudrā, its history in the broader Geluk tradition, and its practice as articulated by the First/Fourth Panchen Lama. He also will touch on contributions to the study and practice of the Great Seal made by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche, the late Founder and Spiritual Director of Jewel Heart. The workshop will include lecture, discussion, guided meditation, and analysis of selected spiritual songs.
Roger Jackson is professor emeritus of Asian studies and religion at Carleton College and a visiting professor of Buddhism at Maitripa College. His research interests include Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and ritual; Buddhist religious poetry; and modern Buddhist thought. Trained by Geshe Sopa in Madison, he is a long-time practitioner and a scholar of Mahāmudrā; his most recent book, Mind Seeing Mind, is a study of Mahāmudrā in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Saturday, January 30
10:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time
Fee: $40 Members
GOM: A Course in Meditation – Transcript by Gelek Rimpoche: Chapter 7 – Mahamudra
Mind Seeing Mind: Mahamudra and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism – Roger Jackson
The Gelug/Kagyu tradition of Mahamudra – His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Alexander Berzin
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