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Mahamudra Meditation Manual

( Please see Additional Resources for a PDF of the manual below. )

To use this meditation manual, we recommend the following:
  • That one approaches the practices with a sense of caring and respect.
  • That one accepts self-responsibility for one's journey on the path and does not give this up to any "outside stander" including one's teacher.
  • That one questions all material in here "as carefully as buying gold on the bazaar" even though this text has obtained the approvals and blessings of a traditional lineage master.
  • That one first consult one of Thrangu Rinpoche's many texts on Mahamudra and/or attends a retreat on Mahamudra given by him or one of MMC's certified teachers.
It may be helpful to read one or both of the two appendices (Appendix A - Intro. to Buddhism and Appendix B - Mahamudra Perspectives) first since they provide a contextual perspective. Also, traditionally, we cover the first "five series" over a period of 9-10 months, going through practices one week at a time. These are practices which are to be explored and not just read, so please proceed leisurely. Click here or on Table of Contents to proceed to a detailed listing of the contents of the manual.

Please contact us if there are any questions or if you wish to provide comments. Due to the small size and very limited resources of our Center, we may not be able to respond to enquiries.

Additional Resources for Mahamudra Meditation Center Students

*** PLEASE NOTE: These documents are provided 'For Personal Use Only' and may not be reproduced or utilized beyond that. By downloading them, you are agreeing to limit their use to your own studies ***

Supportive Chant Texts

Jigme Lingpa Bodhicitta Prayer - A Wonderful Bodhicitta Prayer

Traditional Refuge/Bodhicitta, Four Immeasurables and Dedication of Merit - Refuge/Bodhicitta, Four Immeaurables and Dedication Prayer

MMC Retreat Chants 2001-2010 - MMC Crestone Chant Book 2006

MMC Version of Sadhana of the Essence of Chenrezig - Sadhana of the Essence of Chenrezig

MMC Autumn Sky Sadhana of Mahamudra (One More Plagiarism by LT) - Autumn Sky Sadhana of Mahamudra

Supportive MahamudraTexts

Piercing the Autumn Sky: A Guide to Discovering the Natural Freedom of Mind - Piercing the Autumn Sky (An Introduction to Mahamudra) - Please note: this is a PDF with images of pages, so it may take a while to download

MMC Meditation Manual - A Meditation Guide for Mahamudra

Mahamudra Teachings - Mahamudra Teachings by Garchen Rinpoche

MMC Version of Translation of Guide to the Four Fold Pointing-Out of Wangchug Dorje - Bokar Rinopoche's Verses to Support Pointing-Out of Wangchug Dorje

Supportive Dzogchen Texts

MMC Practice Text for Dudjom Tersar Concise Ngondro - Ngondro for Students of Mind Teachings (Vajrayana Approach)

MMC Longchen Rabjam Chant Text - Longchen Chant Booklet

MMC Guide to Longchen Rabjam Meditations - A Supportive Guide to Meditations of Longchen Rabjam

MMC Version of Translation of the Essence of Practice on Longchen Rabjam - The Heart Essence of Practice by Longchen Rabjam

Miscellaneous Notes

MMC Version of Chenrezig Teaching on Mindfulness - Chenrezig Verse on Mindfulness

MMC Version of Tilopa Quote on Lucidity of Mind - Tilopa on Lucidity of Mind

MMC Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Notes - Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Notes

2005 Article on Anniversary of Thuksay Rinpoche by LT at Request of Drukpa Kagyu Office - Reflections on Geagen, Amila, and Thuksey Rinpoche

2006 Article on Anniversary of Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche by LT at Request of Drikung Kagyu Office - Article on Confidence of Bodhicitta

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A Meditation Guide For Mahamudra

Credits and References

Foreword - The Basis for These Practices

Introduction - Establishing a Circle of Yogis


The Start of a Group

Recognizing Areas of Deviation

The Playground

1 - Resting Mind Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Joyful Resting

(2) Attending to Visual Appearances

(3) Blue Light at the Heart

(4) Sounding AH

(5) Counting Breath

(6) Following Breath

(7) Gentle Vase Breath

(8) Just Sit

2 - Exploring Mind Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Shape of Mind

(2) Colors of Mind

(3) Location of Mind

(4) Luminosity and Voidness of Mind

(5) Origin, Abode, Destination

(6) Self-Aware Primordial Wisdom

3 - Exploring Thoughts and Appearances Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Shape of Thoughts

(2) Colors of Thoughts

(3) Location of Thoughts

(4) Luminosity and Voidness of Thoughts

(5) Origin, Abode, Destination

(6) Self-Aware Primordial Wisdom

(7) Investigating Appearances

(8) Investigating the Perceiver of Appearances

(9) Investigating Moving and Calm Mind

(10) Comparing Positive and Negative Thoughts

(11) Comparing Positive and Negative Appearances

(12) Certainty Regarding Moving and Calm Mind

4 - Spontaneous Coemergence Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Coemergent Mind

(2) Coemergent Thoughts

(3) Coemergent Appearances

(4) Ordinary Mind

(5) Meditating on the Ordinary Mind

(6) Mindfulness, Vigilance, and Caring

(7) Loosening Mind

(8) Resting in Primal Freshness

(9) Delightful Mind

(10) Mind of Relaxation

(11) Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction

5 - Dawning of Certainty Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Determining the Nature of Thoughts

(2) Determining the Nature of Thoughts and Appearances

(3) Determining the Nature of Consciousness

(4) Awareness and the Three Times

(5) Self and Others

(6) Overarching Awareness of Certainty

(7) Continuing in Awareness of Certainty Day and Night

(8) Carrying Kleshas on the Path

(9) Carrying Illness on the Path

(10) Carrying Sleep on the Path

(11) Carrying Death on the Path

(12) The Four Yogas of Mahamudra

6 - Facets of Being Series

Introduction and Select Fragments

(1) Bodhicitta Aspiration and Application

(2) Illusory Body

(3) Knowing Time

(4) Knowing Space

(5) The Play of Knowledge

(6) Ground of Being and Self-Identity

(7) The Five Elements and The Five Female Buddhas

(8) The Five Skandhas and The Five Male Buddhas

(9) Dream Yoga

(10) Wrathful Means

(11) The Guiding Body

(12) In Action

Appendix A - An Introduction to Buddhism

The Life of the Buddha

The Four Noble Truths

The Meaning of "No-Self"

The Primordial Buddha and a Lasting Liberation

The Practice of Meditation

Appendix B Perspectives on Mahamudra

The Meaning of Mahamudra


Spiritual Friend

Perspectives from Three Kagyu Lineages


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