Mahamudra: Origins, Universality, and Practices [Online]

with Jay Lippman

September 18th

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  • $45 Program Price
  • $70 Patron Price

Prerequisite: This class is open to Shambhala vajrayana practitioners who have attended Seminary or Sacred World Assembly with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or the Vajra Regent.

Program Details: For Vajrayana students, Mahamudra is at the heart of their practice. While the Kagyu lineages are said to be the special holders of the Mahamudra tradition, in fact Mahamudra is the ground, path and fruition of all Tibetan Buddhism including Shambhala. The Buddha himself attained enlightenment through Mahamudra. 

In recent years, Western scholars have translated texts by the Indian Mahasiddha Maitripa, Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, Pema Karpo and others that shed more light on the importance of Mahamudra and its integral connection to the broader teachings of the Mahayana as well as its origins within the Kagyu lineages. In this workshop we will highlight some of this new scholarship. We will also review the core practices and instructions of Mahamudra according to the 9th Karmapa. 

The workshop will include guided practice, and an opportunity for Shambhala Vajrayana students to discuss and reflect on the state of their own practice.

Teacher: Jay Lippman has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1974 and is a senior teacher and advanced meditation instructor. Jay is a student of both Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham. He also studied for many years with the Kagyu master, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. Jay was directed by Khenpo Tsultrim to teach a variety of specific courses in order to clarify key points of Buddhist teachings for Western students.

Jay is known for his genuine commitment to serious Dharma study and practice, for his sense of humor, clarity and accessible style. In past years, Jay has taught many programs at California Shambhala Centers.

Zoom Access: This course will be offered online via Zoom at the dates and times (in Pacific Time Zone) listed above. Use The Timezone Converter to determine your local class time. After registering for the course, you will receive instructions for joining course meetings.

Important Note: Please log in with, or consider creating, a Shambhala account on the registration page (located on the right side of the page) to receive the program's Zoom meeting information immediately. This is especially important for participants who register close to the program start time. That said, registering now is strongly recommended—and an act of kindness for our teachers and coordinators!

Pricing Information and Generosity Policy: We are committed to making our programs and classes accessible to everyone, and we will not turn anyone away due to financial concerns. If the Program Price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer what you are able to pay. You do not need to apply for the Generosity Policy in advance, but if you have questions, please contact us.

(Mahamudra image copyright of, and used by courtesy of, Christopher J. Fynn / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, )

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call us at 323-963-3001 to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price (when available) helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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