Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 23rd

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    The Sadhana of Mahamudra is, in a sense, the most articulate presentation of spiritual materialism and the most profound understanding of how to vanquish it. Like much of the work of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, many metaphors and visual images are evoked in this sadhana. It also uses chanting and “seed syllables” to create its affects.

    The seed syllable HUM plays a major role in invoking the power of sanity to overcome the forces of materialism in the world. This genuine usage of mantra arises from an understanding of the teachings of the Buddha on the four marks of existence: impermanence, suffering, emptiness, and egolessness. Mantra is the invocation of egoless or nontheistic energies of wisdom and insight.