Mahamudra Meditation Center was established at the encouragement
of one of the leading Kagyu teachers, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche,
to facilitate the study and practice of Mahamudra. For several
years, Rinpoche has been at the forefront of teaching the theory
and practice of this simple and direct Buddhist path of liberation.
He is a recognized master of the view and path of Mahamudra and
is well known for his ability to make the teachings and transmission
of this lineage easily accessible.
"In my experience and my judgement Mahamudra is especially appropriate and beneficial in this modern age, in particular for
people in the West who are very busy....it is a path that is extremely simple, meaning that it does not require alot
of preparation or devices, so it can be practiced at any time or in any situation, provided one possesses mindfulness and alertness."
We offer regular study and practice programs with emphasis on the path of Mahamudra. For ongoing and/or scheduled programs, please
click here or on the following link:
Mahamudra Study and Practice Programs
In general, MMC's study and practice programs are organized into four series:
To see MMC's curriculum and recommended reading list, please click
here or on the following link:
- Jewel Ornament of Liberation - The Teachings of Gampopa
- Moonbeams of Mahamudra - The Mahamudra Teachings of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
- Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance - The Mahamudra Teachings of Wangchug Dorje
- Songs of the Mahasiddhas - Heart Instructions from the Lineage
In Summer of 2003, Rinpoche approved a proposal for Mahamudra Meditation Center to
offer the following certificate/diploma programs:
Please note that there are additional certificate and diploma program requirements. If interested, please contact us for further information.
For further details on nine-month programs, please see MMC's Member
Meditation Manual, which is now available online at An
Online Guide to Mahamudra Meditation. This is a detailed
example of how a typical nine-month program is structured and
- Meditation Teacher Certificate - Two-year minimum program involving completion of "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" and "Moonbeams of Mahamudra"
and successful student teaching of 8-week "Introduction to Tibetan Meditation" class.
- Dharma Teacher Diploma - Five-year minimum program additionally involving completion of "Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance" and "Songs of the Mahasiddhas" and
successful student teaching of 9-month class.
Programs are led by Lama
Thapkhay and other senior
members of MMC. Since founding the center and developing and
directing its activities, Lama Thapkhay received an official
letter from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche expressing thanks "from
the bottom of the heart" for his sincere and genuine commitment
to the practice of Mahamudra.
Summary of Historical Activities
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche serves as the Senior Spiritual Advisor to MMC. For more information on Rinpoche and
direct links to Namo Buddha Publications, please click here.
Our founding member is a Western lay Buddhist who has had
a life-long interest in Mahamudra. He started studying the
dharma in 1970 and has studied with leading masters of the
Karma, Drukpa, and Drikung Kagyu lineages. He met Rinpoche
in 1989 when Rinpoche was teaching Moonbeams of Mahamudra
by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, which has been called "one of the
most important sacred texts." In 1986, this text was published
in English under the title Mahamudra: The Quintessence
of Mind and Meditation. Over a period of several years,
Rinpoche gave extensive teachings and transmissions on this
classic and a number of related texts. One evening, on a porch
overlooking Lake Big Bear, he shared his thoughts. "Now that
it had been translated into English, as per His Holiness's
request, and the corresponding teachings have been given,
as I have been doing, the most important thing is to put it
into practice." It was with this idea in mind that Mahamudra
Meditation Center (MMC) was established in California in 1991
as a non-profit religious corporation. Our mission is to facilitate
the instruction, study, and practice of this path of awareness
Since its inception, we have conducted annual nine-month mahamudra study and
practice programs under his guidance. In addition, we have held a variety of retreats ranging anywhere
from 1-to-10 days long. Texts which have served as the basis for programs include:
- Moonbeams of Mahamudra - Dakpo Tashi
- Eliminating the Darkness of
Ignorance - Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603)
- Aspiration of Mahamudra - Third
Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)
- Jewel Ornament of Liberation -
- Pointing-out the Dharmakaya -
Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje
- Clarifying the Natural State -
Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
- The Illusory Body - Drikungpa
- Songs of Tilopa, Naropa, and Milarepa
- Pointing Out the Great
Perfection - Dudjom Rinpoche
- The Three Statements of Garab Dorje
- Maha Ati
- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
- The Cycle of Day and Night-
- Time, Space and Knowledge -
- The Heart Sutra - Commentary by
- The Song of Meditation - Hakuin
During a visit to
San Francisco in 1999, we were extremely moved when Rinpoche
expressed his sincere appreciation to us for practicing Mahamudra.
It is only thanks to Rinpoche's kindness that we have had an opportunity to even
begin to establish a glimmer of practice of Mahamudra. It is our true hope that this
simple and warm expression of appreciation will serve to encourage us, and all others who are interested in this path,
to genuinely and fully explore the ground, path,
and fruition of Mahamudra.
Since the start, our efforts have also been
strongly supported by Khenchen Könchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a wonderful Drikung
Kagyu master. Some of our members regularly participate in his
programs. His personal example and delightful teachings on Mahamudra, Bodhicitta,
Jewel Ornament, Illusory Body, Chod, Medicine Buddha, Chenrezig,
Tara, and Lord Jigten Sumgon's songs have been a constant source
of inspiration to us. We have also felt extremely fortunate to receive
his teachings and for his continuous support and guidance.
As a note of interest, most of our members are lay practitioners and so one area of focus is the
integration of practice with daily life/issues. We come from every walk of life.
Some members have
gone on to become dharma teachers and/or have helped establish
other centers in California and other States. We typically meet at a member's house in
Petaluma or Sonoma, California, and occasionally rent facilities for
practice space or short retreats. Beginners and experienced
practitioners are welcome.
For Further Information
Please contact Peter (Lama
Thapkhay) at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any further questions.
Go to www.rinpoche.com: Main