Leaping Back to the Charnel Ground: Facing Fear in the Sadhana of Mahamudra

with John Rockwell

November 12th

Date details +
  • $35 Enriching
  • $20 Sustaining
  • Empowering/Pay what you can afford:
Room: Main Shrineroom

*Please arrive by 1:15pm* This class is being hosted by Boston Shambhla, and we will be practicing together in person in the PVSC shrine room beginning at 1:30pm. 

The charnel ground is a terrifying place full of life and death. It is the dumping ground for human corpses and thus the feeding ground for ravenous animals, especially at night. The charnel ground is an excellent place to meditate. In meditation we face our fears that constantly create emotional realms, only to have them die.

We will begin our two hours together with a session of sitting meditation; then Mr. Rockwell will lead us in chanting The Sadhana of Mahamudra. Afterward, he will explore the vivid description of the charnel ground found in the sadhana and how this relates to our immediate experience.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a chanted text which contains a vivid description of the obstacles presented by physical, psychological, and spiritual materialism in the modern age and prescribes unwavering devotion to wakefulness as the antidote to the materialistic outlook. You can read more about the Sahdana of Mahamudra here.

John Rockwell met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and has been a student, teacher, follower, and leader on the Shambhala Buddhist path for 47 years. His inspiration is to open the heart and senses on the spot. 

The instructor will be joining us live, via zoom. No previous experience of meditation or the sadhana is required. Everyone is warmly invited. If you cannot attend at Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center in person, please register at the Boston Shambhala Center website and receive the zoom link from them.

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