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Lions Roar : September 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2012 71 PHOTOBYHUDSONSHOTWELL THE GREAT TEACHER MARPA, WHO LIVED in the eleventh century, was the first Tibetan holder of the Kagyü lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism. In his teaching style and his experience, Marpa represents a person accomplished in Mahamudra, a Vajrayana approach to meditation and meditative experience. All together, the earthiness of Marpa’s approach is very much connected with the ground or the earth, basic earth. Mahamudra means “the great symbol” or “the great sign.” Mudra, which means “symbol,” has two aspects. It represents the wisdom of shunyata, or emptiness, and it also refers to Above: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wields a vajra, a ritual scepter representing the tantric teachings, during a talk at the first session of Naropa Institute, 1974. A yearlong series of teachings to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Sun. OCEAN OF DHARMA “In Mahamudra, there is an element of craziness, an element of unreasonability. You are not conned even by the artistic simplicity of nothingness.” An Element of Unreasonability