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PHL308 Mahamudra: Realizing the Nature of Mind
with Yangsi Rinpoche and (5 weeks) with Roger Jackson
Tuesdays 7-9 pm

The aim of this course is to explore the Great Seal, Mahāmudrā, which in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism is the attempt to realize the conventional and ultimate nature of the mind through a combination of philosophical analysis, calm abiding meditation, and special insight meditation.

Study of the function and nature of mind is considered in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist schools to be essential for understanding how to tame the mind and cultivate realizations.  We will first focus on psychological and philosophical approaches to the conventional nature of the mind through such sources as Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa and Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika.

We then will turn to an in-depth study of Mahāmudrā, with initial attention to the Indian sources of the Great Seal, including such figures as Saraha and Maitrīpa, and the theory and practice of Mahāmudrā as developed in Tibet among the Kagyu.

After exploring the origins and development of Geluk Mahāmudrā, we will focus in depth on the instructions for practice found in the Great Panchen Lama Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s root-verses on Mahāmudrā, his auto-commentary on the root-verses, and his inspired and inspiring spiritual songs.

Finally, we will approach the ultimate nature of the mind through such works as Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakosa, Candrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvātara, and the writings of selected Tibetan Buddhist masters.

This course meets degree requirements as the equivalent of PHL304: A Dose of Emptiness.


May 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Portland, OR 97214 United States
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