Filed in Vajrayana, Tibetan

Mahamudra for the Modern World

Video Teaching and Discussion with Reggie Ray

Mahamudra for the Modern World, a dharma talk by Vajrayana teacher Reggie Ray, introduces the Mahamudra ("The Great Awakening") tradition. According to the Mahamudra tradition, every human life is sacred and unique, and an expression of the glory of the universe. Its teachings lead one into direct and unmediated contact with reality itself. Once taught only to elite students in secluded monasteries, the Mahamudra practices show us how every state of mind and every circumstance can shatter our illusions and lay bare the natural state of awakening within. In this talk, Ray explains these ancient teachings for the modern-day practitioner. All week, he will be available to answer questions, so post a comment below and he will get back to you.


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Dominic Gomez's picture

True, Reggie. Manifesting your thoughts as deeds brings greater effects.

Dominic Gomez's picture

re: thoughts and karmic effects-minimal. Words? A bit more effective. Actions? That's walking the walk, not just talking the talk.

dixraile's picture

Since the thoughts are seeds for the words or actions isn't that a little bit of an understatement, that thoughts have minimal karmic influence?

Dominic Gomez's picture

Thoughts not transformed into actions remain impotent seeds. Premeditated deeds (e.g. murder) have greater impact on others as well as the meditator.

dixraile's picture

Would it be the intensity of afflictive emotion generated during premeditation that makes the difference here? I also wonder about those impotent seeds; do they ripen at some future time?

Dominic Gomez's picture

13th Century Buddhist Nichiren taught that people should become masters of their minds, not let their minds master them. Regardless of how distressing thoughts become it behooves the practitioner to maintain the life-condition of a Buddha, that is one of hope, courage and wisdom. Weak selves are easily influenced by minds that flutter this way and that. We live in a real world in the midst of real relationships. One's thoughts, words and deeds affect all that. But taking action (the "ripening" of a thought or intention) has the greatest consequence.

dixraile's picture

Interesting point. I guess I've thought of ripening as something that unfolded in the passing of time rather than something I put into motion again after once putting it down.
Like a thought lying dormant and then moved into action again by various causes and conditions outside of myself which sort of springs the thought into action again. I guess that would be a resentment and once acted upon brings heavier karmic consequences.
Thanks, I always learn from the things you say in here. You've obviously studied and practiced for years. Thanks for sharing!

Dominic Gomez's picture

Quite welcome! Resentment acted upon becomes selfish, odious behavior (or worse). OTOH compassion acted upon becomes activities for the happiness of others.

dixraile's picture

Yes! I love that!