Mahamudra Ocean of Definitive Meaning Year 2 transmission bestowed by Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa took place from April 1-7, 2017 at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi, India. This is Guru Vajradhara’s first public teaching in 2017. Nearly 800 fortunate students from all over the world attended this precious teaching.
In this year’s transmission, Guru Vajradhara covered the remaining three extraordinary preliminary practices which are Dorje Sempa, Mandala Offering and Guru Yoga. Due to the careful evaluation of Guru Vajradhara’s health condition, this year’s sessions were structured with one hour teaching session by Guru Vajradhara followed by a group practice session led by the Venerable Gyalton Rinpoche for each morning and afternoon.
In the morning of Day 1, Guru Vajradhara started his teaching by elaborating the meaning of Mahamudra for the new students who joined this year to have a base to start and for all to understand the reason and purpose of this teaching. If we can do one thing ultimately, we are Buddha. When it comes to practice, Guru Vajradhara emphasized that one needs to have a clear lineage of a specific way. He further stated that the method of purification, accumulation, meditation, a calm and clear mind with disciplined body, speech and mind are the Mahamudra teachings and practices. Guru Vajradhara then went over an overview of what he planned to cover for this year’s Mahamudra teaching. The class was dismissed early without group practice session for the attendees to settle and orient themselves.
In the afternoon session of Day 1, Guru Vajradhara started with Dorje Sempa (Vajrasattva) teaching, a purification-oriented practice. When talking about purification, he said there should be some uncontaminated pureness deep inside in our essence. He explained the types of obstacles and impurities we need to purify and that the antidote being practicing Dorje Sempa, which is also called unmasking or unrevealing the pureness. The afternoon session was wrapped up by the generation visualization of Dorje Sempa. Guru Vajradhara covered the rest of the Dorje Sempa practice throughout both sessions in Day 2.
Day 3 and Day 4, Guru Vajradhara taught Mandala Offering, the third extraordinary preliminary practice that is accumulation-oriented. When giving guidance on the mandala and the substances preparation, he emphasized that when practicing dharma, if we do everything properly with respect, we will apply the same attitude to our daily life. He encouraged the practitioners to make everything clean, proper and neat. Practice thoughtfully, nicely, mindfully, completely and properly from start, during and conclude the practice properly. He said, "Everything you do in life should be as properly, tidy, clean, nicely and appropriately as possible."
Guru Vajradhara spent the morning of Day 5 going through some signs of lack of merits vs. signs of merits. A couple of examples include –
If one is easy to do bad things but difficult to do good things, that is a sign of lack of merits. On the opposite, if one is easy to do good things but difficult to do bad things, that is sign of merits. If one easily forgets about dharma but remembers all the gossips, that’s a sign of lack of merits. Vice versa.
From the afternoon of Day 5 to the end of Day 7, Guru Vajradhara taught Guru Yoga. He talked about the importance of guru not only existed in Vajrayana but also in Hinayana and Mahayana. He explained in details why all three jewels and three roots are in guru. Guru Vajradhara spent the afternoon session in the very last session teaching Dorje Chang Thungma. He pointed out several key qualities a practitioner should have from the text.
ZHEN LOK means knowing the samsara. One who is not interested in anything samsaric. It’s more than renunciation. It’s like fed-up, an attitude that is truly knowing there is no true meaning in samsara.
MÖ GÖ, devotion and respect, are qualities both must have in balance.
YENG MÉ means not to get distracted. We shouldn’t be distracted by things that are good or not good. Stage by stage, we need to overcome the good and go beyond the good and bad. Guru Vajradhara taught that a practitioner shouldn’t be distracted by three main things:
Don’t be distracted by worldly things
Don’t be distracted by meditation experience
Don’t be distracted by realization
Guru Vajradhara concluded Mahamudra Ocean of Definitive Meaning Year 2 teaching upon the completion of giving the instructions of Guru Yoga practice.