For anyone who is practicing Mahamudra or who has aspirations to practice Mahamudra, this teaching by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the View of Mahamudra is extraordinarily helpful. In these six talks, based on teachings by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye in the Treasury of Knowledge, Rinpoche introduces Sutra, Tantra and Essence Mahamudra, and further explains Sutra and Essence Mahamudra from the perspective of ground, path and fruition. Rinpoche discusses the lineage of Mahamudra; the meaning and importance of devotion; the four causal conditions unique to the Essence Mahamudra practices; and how to meditate on Mahamudra, including the nine stages of shamatha meditation and eight points to meditate on in the Essence Mahamudra Path. This teaching is on the one hand thorough, detailed and academic. On the other hand, throughout these talks Rinpoches words arouse devotion and produce profound insight. No matter how long you have been practicing Mahamudra, you will find these talks delightful and inspiring. 6 talks on 1 MP3 CD.
View of Mahamudra; Ponlop Rinpoche, Vajra Echoes, 1 MP3 CDs, $36.00
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Fluent in English and well-versed in Western culture, Rinpooche has worked to develop and adapt traditional Tibetan education curriculums for Western audiences. Nitartha Institute (www.nitharthainstitute.org), where Rinpoche is the main teacher, provides a focused Buddhist studies program. Rinpoche is a visiting professor of buddhist philosopy at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. In 1997, Rinpoche founded Nalanabodhi to preserve the genuine lineage of the Nyingma and Kagyu Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. There are Nalandabodhi centers in North America and Europe, and curriculum materials are available to people worldwide.