New Year's Eve Sadhana of Mahamudra Practice with Feast & Celebration

with Lou Braun

December 31st

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    Room: Meditation Hall

    You are warmly invited to join us on New Year’s Eve to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra with Feast Practice.  

    We will gather at 5:30pm. 

    Event Details:

    • Food and drink:  Please bring something:  beef, beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), side salad, cheese, bread, fruit, desert or whatever else you might wish to bring.
    • Offerings:  Don’t be shy!  Your offering is part of the practice and contributes to the energy  of our shared space and sacred mandala. These offerings of poetry, readings, stories, songs, dance raise our lungta and help all beings to awaken.
    • Friends:  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Children, however, might find it lengthy.
    • Timing:  If we get set up and started by 6:00 pm then we will likely be all cleaned up and done by 8:30 pm.  However, if people wish to hang out after, that’s fine, too.
    • Music:  We can accept CD’s or iPod/iPhone/Android inputs.
    • Tantrikas:  Please be sure to bring your practice instruments (bell, dorje, damaru). 

    About the Sadhana:

    • The Sadhana of Mahamudra addresses the problems of our current age and how to overcome the obstacles of materialism.  As Trungpa Rinpoche comments in the text: It will help to bring peace in the warfare waged by materialism.”
    • Normally performed on the new and full moon days of the month, the Sadhana of Mahamudra consists of a brief silent meditation, chanting and mantra recitation, and lasts about an hour. However, for this celebration, the practice will be extended with a feast or ganachakra practice (where the meal is part of the practice) in which we make offerings of food, drink, readings, songs, and poetry.
    • Copies of the text and a brief introduction to the practice will be provided for those unfamiliar with the Sadhana and/or feast practice. This text is beautiful, but full of symbolism that may seem strange if you are unfamiliar with Vajrayana liturgies. Don't expect to understand it fully the first time. You can simply chant the words, relax and enjoy the atmosphere and energy that the practice invokes. 

    We hope you can join us in this feast of goodness to bring in the New Year here in the West!

    May all beings be happy!