The Mahamudra path of direct perception is the pre-eminent method of the Dakpo Kagyu tradition. This definitive manual systematically explains its approach to meditation, complete with definitions, pointing-out instructions, and advice for the many pitfalls and errors that beset practitioners. Central to these errors is our failure to acknowledge the difference between understanding and experience, and our tendency to fixate on meditative experiences and mistake them for realization. This translation conveys the freshness and immediacy of these instructions. Belonging to the generation of teachers to first bring Tibetan Buddhism across cultures, Traleg Kyabgon (1955-2012) presents these Mahamudra instructions in a direct, relaxed, and intimate style.
"A beautiful, profound, exquisite exposition of the consummate Buddhist path. . . . I highly recommend it for all individuals interested in the Great Liberation." —Ken Wilber author, A Brief History of Everything
"[Kyabgon] was able to teach westerners in English in a way that is rare and important. Moonbeams of Mahamudra . . . is one of the most important texts on Mahamudra meditation." —Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, author, Essentials of Mahamudra
Traleg Kyabgon(1955–2012) is the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, which is headquartered in Melbourne, with a major practice center in upstate New York and a practice community in New York City. He taught extensively at universities and Buddhist centers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, and is the author of such books asEssence of BuddhismandKarma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters.