Source of Mahamudra

kongtrul rinpoche in prayer

Discover one of the great texts of the Mahayana with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The Buddha taught that all sentient beings without exception possess enlightened nature. Nowhere is this crucial teaching more clearly and beautifully laid out than in the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra. In this weekend retreat, Rinpoche will give in-depth, accessible teachings on the early chapters of this text.

An Essential Teaching on Enlightened Nature

Lord Maitreya, the Buddha Shakyamuni’s regent, composed this text based on the Buddha’s “Ten Sutras that Teach the Sugatagarbha.” These sutras all come from the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, which emphasizes the mind’s luminous nature. Later Arya Asanga met with Maitreya in Tushita heaven and brought the Uttaratantra Shastra and other teachings back to our world.

Because he considered this text too profound for the people of his time, Asanga concealed it as a treasure for practitioners of the future. In the eleventh centruy, the Mahasiddha Maitripa rediscovered the text and passed it on to Marpa Lotsawa and other disciples in the Mahamudra tradition.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche often spoke of how difficult it is to have deep confidence in the nondual approaches of Mahamudra and Dzogchen without understanding the Uttaratantra Shastra. Because it comes from the sutra tradition while at the same time laying the groundwork for the highest tantras, this text is considered to be a crucial bridge between Sutrayana and Mantrayana.

Debut of a New Annual Program

This is the first offering of a new annual program, open to the public, in which Rinpoche will comment in depth on some of the treasures of the Mahayana tradition.The weekend will include four formal teaching sessions, questions and answers with Kongtrul Rinpoche, periods of meditation, and discussion groups led by senior students. After the second teaching on Saturday, September 1, Rinpoche will offer refuge and bodhisattva vows. Please contact Joey Waxman if you are interested in taking either of these vows. On Sunday afternoon, Rinpoche will conduct the Sangha Ceremony for people who have been accepted as new disciples to welcome them as members of the Mangala Shri Bhuti lineage. 

Registration includes a locally prepared vegetarian lunch. To receive an early-bird discount, please register by August 17.

The fact that you have met the Dharma, and in particular the Vajrayana and this crucial text, proves that you have accumulated much merit in past lives. A lot of people in the West suffer from lack of self-esteem. But if you think about the infinite lives you've taken in samsara, you will realize that this life is a great life. So, with a sense of confidence, you can rise to the occasion of studying the Uttaratantra Shastra and learning to embody your buddha nature.” – Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche