ULTIMATE SIMPLICITY: Milarepa's Mahamudra Instructions

with Richard John

June 5 - 9

Milreapas mahamudra instructions

Life is short, but dharma practitioners have a rare opportunity to wake up from the samsaric dream that passes for reality. Many vajra masters have given pith instructions on how to do this, but it is up to each of us to actually hear, take to heart, and practice what has been taught. The sidetracks are everywhere, but realizations are accessible.

One of the greatest teachers is Milarepa, and among his many songs of realization is one with specific instructions on the view, meditation, conduct and fruition of mahamudra:

With the view, this wisdom of being empty,
...the keenest certainty is absolutely essential.

With meditation, this luminosity without grasping,
...undistracted mindfulness is absolutely essential.

With the conduct, a continual flow free from attachment,
...to be free of clinging and obscurations is absolutely essential.

With the fruition, this nakedness that is bare of any stain,
...it is absolutely essential for delusion to fall apart.

In an atmosphere of silence, this five-day retreat will include short talks on each verse, meditation practice with pith instructions, and discussion. Each day will consist of morning and afternoon sessions which will be recorded and made available for individual use.

The translation we will use is from the book Milarepa's Kung Fu by Karl Brunnhölzl, which is not required but may be studied as preparation. For students who are able, it is highly recommended to attend the Four Foundations of Mindfulness weekend immediately preceding the Milarepa Retreat.



This retreat is restricted to vajrayana practitioners who received pointing out transmission at Vajradhatu Seminary, Sacred World Assembly, through Ocean, or from a Kagyu or Nyingma Rinpoche.


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About Richard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has taught many meditation programs and retreats in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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