Cultivating the Experience of the Great Mother Emptiness: Throma Severance (chöd) from the Dakini Heart Essence

Cultivating the Experience of the Great Mother Emptiness: Throma Severance (chöd) from the Dakini Heart Essence

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Buddha said, “If you want enlightenment, kill your father; kill your mother; kill your king; and kill your countrymen.” This means—kill your habit of subjectifying (your mother); kill your habit of objectifying (your father); kill your personal identity (atman/king); and kill all your afflicted states of mind (countrymen). . . and then, you will be enlightened!

While the notion of self-hood is natural or innate to all beings, in all forms of Buddhism, enlightenment is attained through eliminating self-ignorance and cultivating the experience of no-self. Severance combines Mahayana’s mind training in shunyata, compassion, and generosity with Vajrayana’s methods for isolating consciousness (phowa), feast offerings (ganachakra), and resting in the self-knowledge called luminosity or clear light.

The Dakini Heart Essence severance is based on Thröma Nagmo, Fierce Black Mother, a direct revelation from the Indian mahasiddha, Saraha, to Dudjom Lingpa in the 19th century. This is a concise practice of a few pages and can be practiced in ten minutes. This class will begin with teachings on the principles of severance and then offer detailed instructions on practicing this particular severance sadhana.

Pre-requisite: Refuge in the Vajrayana tradition. No empowerment required.

Format: Three live interactive video conferences with Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo + digital resources and recordings to download and keep. Attend in real time and/or via the recordings.

Schedule: Saturdays at 9AM Pacific (5PM UK) on November 10, 17, and 24, 2018.

Tuition: USD$50. 50% Scholarships available upon application.

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