~ For those with Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments only ~

"What is the relationship between the practice of Mahamudra and its four great preliminary guides? The practice of Mahamudra is like a car with four wheels. By depending on it we can swiftly travel to the ground of the Union of Buddhahood. The four preliminaries are like the wheels. If any of the wheels is missing the car will not be able to function. In the same way, if any of the four preliminaries is missing we will not be able to travel to the Buddha ground through the practice of Mahamudra."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

HYT Practice Classes

with Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Highest Yoga Tantra is a deeply transformative practice that takes us completely out of our ordinary way of seeing things.

This type of profound change in our minds cannot happen without special supporting conditions. These are known as the four great preliminary guides. If we practice these preliminary guides, our HYT practice will become powerful and we will make swift progress. In 2015, in writing The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra, Venerable Geshe-la introduced special blessed and succinct practices of the preliminary guides as revealed in the Ganden Emanation Scripture.  In these classes, we will explore and practice these four great guides.

Each HYT practice class will be accompanied by the prayers The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra.

In conjunction with these classes, we are offering a monthly emptiness workshop to deepen our imprints, understanding and experience of this profound wisdom. This beneficial regular study of emptiness will breathe life into our HYT practice, making our correct imagination effective!  

These coordinated classes are designed to support the development of our HYT practice. Through these we will be guided step-by-step, gradually building up a qualified understanding of HYT practice and emptiness. Please see the general schedule of HYT classes below. For the schedule of emptiness workshops, please click on the emptiness workshop image or here.

These classes are offered in-person only  (except for wyoming practitioners) and by donation.

Saturday,  February 26, 2-4pm

Mahamudra Great Preliminary Guides - Refuge & Bodhichitta

Using The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Saturday,  March 26, 2-4pm

Mahamudra Great Preliminary Guides - Vajrasattva

Using The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Saturday, May 28, 2-4pm

Mahamudra Great Preliminary Guides - Guru Yoga

Using The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Date tbd

Mahamudra Great Preliminary Guides - Mandala Offering

Using The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Modern Buddhism

Free download

The New Guide To Dakini Land

Download from Tharpa

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Download from Tharpa

These books are also available in Heruka Center's bookstore.

With Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

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