Date(s) - October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Teachings On the Third Karmapa’s Aspiration of Mahamudra
With Tergar Lama Khenpo Kunga
Holy Wisdom Monastery
Middleton, Wisconsin, USA
Awakening is something we can discover for ourselves through the practice of meditation. In Tibetan Buddhism, the most direct and powerful way to experience this inner freedom is by exploring the nature of awareness, a journey that puts us in touch with a source of equanimity, wisdom, and compassion that we can access anytime and anywhere.
In these teachings, Khenpo Kunga will offer instructions on the nature of mind drawn from the Mahamudra teachings, a profound lineage that originated in ancient India. In particular, he will teach The Aspiration of Mahamudra, a short text written by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. This text – one of the most treasured teachings in the Kagyu lineage – captures the essential points of the view, meditation, and application of Mahamudra practice.
Khenpo Kunga will offer three sessions each day with periods of teaching and guided meditation, with one discussion session led by Tergar Instructor Cortland Dahl.
These teachings are open to anyone interested in Buddhist study and practice. These sessions will focus on the general approach to Mahamudra meditation presented in The Aspiration of Mahamudra.
Friday and Saturday, October 5—6, 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 7, 9:00am – 5:00pm
All participants select an admission level to register.
- Basic – This level covers the actual cost of the program – $285
- Sponsor – This level allows us to offer a reduced price level for seniors, full-time students, and those on a limited income – $360
- Reduced – Reduced fee for full-time students and others with limited incomes – $210
Local participants are requested to commute daily so that out-of-town participants can attend without difficulty.
- Single Room with continental breakfast for October 5, 6 – $160
- Shared Double Room with continental breakfast for October 5, 6 – $100/person
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day, and Holy Wisdom requires a final ‘head count’ for meals 7 days in advance. Therefore:
- All cancellations after September 25 — for both residential and non-residential participants — will incur a $30 cancellation fee.
- All cancellations after September 30 will forfeit the meal fee of $75 (in addition to the $30 cancellation fee).
- Residential participants only: if you need to cancel after September 25, we will attempt to rent that room and give you a refund for the room rental. If we cannot rent the room, we will be unable to refund your lodging fees. (The aforementioned fees also apply).
Cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours before the retreat begins.
Tergar Meditation Community – Madison
About Khenpo Kunga:
Khenpo Kunga became a monk at a young age and began his education at Tergar monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At fifteen, he entered an extended meditation retreat and spent three years mastering the profound contemplative practices of the Kagyü lineage. Following this period of intense meditation practice, he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. Khenpo Kunga’s primary teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, though he has studied with many other revered masters as well. In recent years, Khenpo Kunga has taught in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar monasteries, meditation centers, and meditation groups.
Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton WI, United States