From December 11 to 15 2018, His Eminence Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the newly arisen sun that illuminates the teachings of the Dakpo Kagyu Practice Lineage, completed the third year of the Moonbeams of Mahamudra transmission. Moonbeams of Mahamudra is a text composed by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal that elucidates the stages of the practice of Mahamudra, the definitive meaning.
Over five hundred Dharma students from more than forty different countries attended this transmission that took place at the main temple of the Palpung Sherabling Monastic College. The teaching was requested and organized by the Palpung Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Rinpoche transmitted the quintessential instructions of the lineage from each section of the Moonbeams of Mahamudra with his own skillful teaching style. He began by presenting the general overview of both resting shamatha meditation and analytical vipashyana meditation. He continued by describing how shamatha and vipashyana meditations are practiced according to the sutra and tantra traditions as well as in accordance with each of the different yanas.
Rinpoche then explained that analytical meditation refers to a meditation that applies discerning intellect to minutely analyse an object, while resting meditation refers to a mind that continuously rests on the object of focus without investigation, and he transmitted the methods of mindfulness meditation that provide the basis for looking at the true nature of mind. Moreover, by combining the pith instructions of the lineage with his own profound experience he introduced the nature of mind as the great union of emptiness and clarity. He dispelled any possible misunderstandings and doubts with a detailed elucidation of the difficult points of the text.
Thus, Rinpoche completed this year’s teaching by giving clear, detailed and complete instructions and guidance, covering both the direct and implicit meanings of the root text of the Moonbeams of Mahamudra.