Buddha said, “If you want enlightenment, kill your father; kill your mother; kill your king, and kill your countrymen.” This means—kill your habit of subjectifying (your mother); kill your habit of objectifying (your father); kill your personal identity (atman/king), and kill all your afflicted states of mind (countrymen). . . and then, you will be enlightened!

While the notion of self-hood is natural or innate to all beings, in all forms of Buddhism, enlightenment is attained through eliminating self-ignorance and cultivating the experience of no-self. Severance combines Mahayana’s mind training in shunyata, compassion, and generosity with Vajrayana’s methods for isolating consciousness (phowa), feast offerings (ganachakra), and resting in the self-knowledge called luminosity or clear light.

The Dakini Heart Essence severance is based on Thröma Nagmo, Fierce Black Mother, a direct revelation from the Indian mahasiddha, Saraha, to Dudjom Lingpa in the 19th century. This is a concise practice of a few pages and can be practiced in ten minutes. This class will begin with teachings on the principles of severance and then offer detailed instructions on practicing this particular severance sadhana.

Pre-requisite: Refuge in the Vajrayana tradition. No empowerment required.

Format: three live interactive video conferences with Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo + digital resources and recordings to download and keep.

Schedule: Saturdays at 9AM Pacific (5PM UK) on November 10, 17, and 24, 2018. Attend in real time or via recordings.



Classes will be divided equally between the theory or principles of deity meditation (mahayoga) and how to practice the Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence (Khandro Thuk Thik) Yeshe Tsogyal Activity (extensive) Sadhana, Wish-Fulfilling Bliss. Theory will be drawn from Dudjom Rinpoche's Instructional Text on the Two Stages of the Profound Path of The Dakini Heart Essence, and other sources. Sadhana instruction will sync with theory and include visualizations, hand mudra, melody, and music.

Historical consciousnessis helpful and necessary. At the very least, it promotes larger understandings and helps prevent sectarianism. At best, despite differences between historical fact and legend, Vajrayanists will always find inspiration and a grounding for their faith by studying the writings of Dudjom Rinpoche. —Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Format:

On-demand text based videos by Lama Tsering Gyaltsen with verbatim translation by Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo added in post production.

The text is His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's Brief Account of the Origins of Buddhism in Tibet & The Divisions of the Great and Lesser Vehicles, Collected Works of Dudjom, Vol. 2, pgs. 1 - 30

Course Materials:

  • 9 hours of on-demand video recordings (9 classes)
  • Tibetan text and English translation (PDFs to download)