Mahamudra, as understood through texts by Maitripa and Saraha. Teaching retreat. Todtmoos, 2008

Mahamudra as understood through two texts: Maitripa’s ‘Brief Exposition of the Great Seal’ and Saraha’s ‘The Treasury of Songs: Esoteric Instructions on Mahamudra’

James Low teaches using his translations of both texts which are also Chapters 12 and 13 in his book Simply Being.

Todtmoos, Germany. 20-22 June 2008
Transcribed by Sarah Allen.  Edited by Barbara Terris

…When we look at the text we all should just relax and feel quite easy and open. With your ears open in emptiness and your heart open in emptiness then we meet in this interaction of space and space…

Extracts

…Saraha is saying cut the root.  The root is the belief in the real existence of entities.  Trying to improve the qualities of the thoughts in your mind is not cutting the root. Cutting the root is relaxing and integrating into the state of unborn openness…

… There are many hooks to start us conceptualising again and relying on familiar habits.  It is at this point that we need to relax and not make effort; just stay open and trust that just as the sun ceaselessly sends out rays, the open dimension of our being will respond…

…You cannot meditate on your own nature; you can only meditate as you own nature, which is not really a meditation, it is just being there …

The videos from this teaching (with German translation) can be seen at https://vimeo.com/showcase/3002129