For nondual Buddhist traditions, one who knows the primordial nature of the mind also knows the nature of all things, and that experiential insight is the manifestation of one’s own innate Buddhahood.
But what does all this mean? What is this notion of the mind’s “primordial” or “original” nature, and how could this be not different from the nature of the world? And how does one practice—or not practice—so as to achieve this realization, which is meant to be so radically transformative?
Drawing on the works of Zen Master Dōgen and the luminaries of the Tibetan Mahāmudrā lineages, we will explore this questions through contemplative inquiry, radical teachings, and deep practice. This is a weekend of exploration of nondual perspectives, led by Roshi Joan Halifax and Prof. John Dunne, great friends and co-teachers, who are dedicated to actualizing these views and practices in our every world.
John will be using the prayer of Mahāmudrā by the third Karmapa. A translation is available starting on p. 147 of this book: The Mind of Mahamudra: Advice from the Kagyu Masters
The same translation along with a commentary is found in this more extensive work (the former book is an abridged version of this one). The root text starts on p. 169, and the commentary starts on p. 175. Mahamudra and Related Instructions: Core Teachings of the Kagyu Schools