The Mahamudra Practice – Unveiling the True Nature of the Mind
In Mahamudra, practitioners aim to see the true nature of their minds, which is said to be empty and open.
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Origin of the Mahamudra Practice
Explaining the core teaching
The goal of Mahamudra practice is to see the emptiness of all things and to attain liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
The core teaching of Mahamudra is that all things are empty of inherent existence.
In this short video Yongey Mingur Rinpoche explains with simple words how to point out the true nature of the mind:
The practice of Mahamudra
The practice of Mahamudra can lead to the attainment of liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
In order to see the emptiness of all things, one must first develop a deep understanding of the nature of mind.
The practice of Mahamudra also includes the cultivation of compassion and the development of bodhichitta.
The Mahamudra practice can be divided into two main stages:
- the stage of settling the mind
- the stage of seeing the nature of mind
The second stage of Mahamudra is known as vipashyana, which means “insight.”
In order to progress through the stages of Mahamudra practice, one must first receive the proper transmission and instructions from a qualified teacher.
The Tibetan Mahamudra tradition
The Mahamudra teachings are not limited to any one tradition or school of thought.
There are many different Mahamudra traditions, each with its own unique approach to the practice.
The Mahamudra tradition includes several lineages, each with its own unique approach to the practice.
Other important Mahamudra lineages include
Impact of the Mahamudra’s teachings on Buddhism
Mahamudra is sometimes referred to as the “Great Seal” of Buddhism, due to its emphasis on the importance of meditation in achieving enlightenment.
The detailed instructions for the insight practices by teachers such as Wangchuck Dorje are what make Mahāmudrā (and Dzogchen) unique in Tibetan Buddhism.
For instance Wangchuck Dorje was a renowned teacher of the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and author of Mahāmudrā vipaśyanā, a key text on the practice of Mahāmudrā providing instructions on the four main stages of practice:
- the development of single-pointed concentration
- the investigation of the nature of mind
- the cultivation of insight
- the achievement of the fruits
Wangchuck Dorje’s Mahāmudrā vipaśyanā also contains instructions on the practice of the Six Dharmas of Nāgārjuna, which are designed to help Buddhist practitioners purify their minds and achieve liberation from the cycle of rebirth.