26 December, 2014 Monlam Pavilion
In his Foreword to the new translation of The Torch of True Meaning, the Karmapa writes:
Many people, when they hear of the highest stages of Dharma study and practice, such as “emptiness” or “mahamudra” want to study and practice them immediately. However, without a stable foundation, which is the essential prerequisite to such advanced practices, even if they were to study or practice them, they would not be able to experience their profundity.
This is the reason why The Torch of True Meaning is such an important text. Composed by the first Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, it gives comprehensive instructions on how to practice the ngöndro, the essential preparation for all practitioners before beginning mahamudra. Anyone who wishes to practice the ngöndro of the Kagyu lineage, and in particular the Karma Kagyu lineage, should first read this Read the rest of this article