Book of the month – September

MAHAMUDRA – the Final Realization

Almost a thousand years ago, on the banks of the Ganges river, the towering Indian Yogi Tilopa finally agreed to share his supreme guidance on Mahamudra with his dedicated student, Naropa. Tilopa’s Ganges Mahamudra, transmitted in the form of a spontaneous song, is a concise and essential presentation of the ultimate path and outcome of Buddhist meditation. His sharing of the living experience of enlightenment continues to vibrate behind the written words to this day.

Although the Ganges Mahamudra introduces a highly advanced level of practice, it is, in the same breath, an astonishingly clear and easy practice that requires nothing more than an honest gaze into one’s mind. The practice is designed to evoke an immediate awareness of the innate, unborn clear light wisdom of one’s being. As such, it may be considered the truest and speediest path of highest tantra. Even more radically, Tilopa makes it clear that if this mind of clear light can be accessed directly, no other practice is required.

In Mahamudra: The Final Realization, Shai Tubali offers an extensive illumination of Tilopa’s words in order to make the instructions both accessible and transformative for the modern reader. This elucidation is followed by simple Mahamudra meditations and inquiries, as well as a comprehensive section containing guidance on Tilopa’s supportive tantric practices: Inner Fire and Clear Light.

Table of content

INTRODUCTION 1
HOW TO READ THIS BOOK 5
THE GANGES MAHAMUDRA OF TILOPA 9
FIRST INSIGHT Mind looks into mind 17
PRACTICE Mind like space 37
SECOND INSIGHT Thoughts are clouds in your mind’s sky 41
PRACTICE Does the mind have any color? 59
THIRD INSIGHT The yogi sits relaxed 63
PRACTICE Do thoughts have any color? 83
FOURTH INSIGHT Free from all desire 87
PRACTICE Where is the self? 105
FIFTH INSIGHT No path to travel 111
PRACTICE Where is the other’s self? 133
SIXTH INSIGHT The king of views 137
PRACTICE Non-meditation 151
SEVENTH INSIGHT At last, all rivers meet the sea 155
PRACTICE I Inner Fire 165
PRACTICE II Clear Light Meditation 211
List of sources 233
About the Author 235
Previous 'Book of the Month'

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Inner Fire in Seven Steps – A practical Guide to the ultimate Meditation

June 2021
The Ultimate Chakra Practice to Center Your Life

May 2021
The Enlightment of the Human Heart

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