Mahamudra: Origins, Universality, and Practices

with Jay Lippman

May 29th

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  • $70 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
  • $40 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Online Program


Note: This program runs from 9 AM to 12 Noon and was accidentally previously announced as 9 AM to 3 PM.

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.

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. 

Jay LippmanAbout the 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 the Northern California Shambhala Centers.

Program Price: $70
Patron Price: $100
Other: $40
Or pay in accordance with your circumstances (write in the amount)

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Paying the full program or patron price provides much needed support to Berkeley Shambhala.  For more information please see our generosity policy. 

Please register and pay online in advance of the class in order to receive the Zoom link for the program. 

If you have questions, please contact Robert: education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org.

Artwork: water calligraphy by Shinichi Maruyama Kusho series
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Program Policy
Our program policy has changed to reflect the current situation with online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register and pay online in advance of the program to make certain you receive all communications including the link for the program. Our online payment system is set up to accept payment through PayPal.

Generosity Policy
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Most programs include a base program price as well as a sliding scale.

If you need to reach a member of the Shambhala Center Staff, email manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org with your inquiry.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option. By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

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We depend on volunteers to make all of our programs happen. If you are interested in offering your support in this way, please contact manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org. We would be very grateful. Please note that we have limited work-study options for online programs.

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If you are unable to attend a program for which you have pre-registered and paid, and contact us to cancel participation at least one week (7 calendar days) prior to the start of the program, you are entitled to either receive a refund less the cost of processing the payment, or you can apply the full payment amount to the cost of an upcoming program of your choice.

If you cancel your participation within the week prior to the program, you can apply those funds to another upcoming program of your choice.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after a program has begun.

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