Mahamudra literally means “Great Seal” or “Great Symbol,” indicating that the totality of existence is encompassed with the seal of ultimate reality – emptiness. This is a mystical teaching transmitted primarily by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The meditative approach of both the Dzogchen and Mahamudra cycles of teaching is self-liberation of thoughts and emotions. That’s why the basic instruction is to leave the mind as it is. More specifically, neither dwelling in the past or worrying about the future, we keep coming back to the present moment while exerting no direct control over the mind. Thoughts are allowed to come and go as long as basic awareness is maintained. What we discover is that thoughts and emotions liberate themselves. It is this self-liberation of thoughts and emotions that allows us to see the nature of mind underlying and within our thoughts and emotions.« Back to Glossary Index