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Mahamudra with Lama Lena

Registration closed for in-person attendance, if you would like to be added to the waiting list contact [email protected]. However, you can register to attend the teachings online here.


“The mind’s nature, an empty name, free from conceptualisation, is mahāmudrā, it is the same as the nature of space, a primordial non-existent emptiness; it is quintessentially unborn; it is not a conceptual entity. Like space, it is all pervading and has no change or passing away; it is empty in all times and circumstances and it is primordially selfless.”  – The Doha Treasure by Virupa

In the Kagyu lineage, Mahamudra is considered the most profound and powerful practice for directly experiencing the nature of mind. As a term, Mahamudra refers to the nature of reality, an ancient lineage of practice from India, and a set of practical meditations.

In this weekend retreat, Lama Lena will give teachings on the path of Mahamudra and instruction on how to practice Mahamudra meditation. These teachings from His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, were passed on to Lama Lena Lama Lena directly from her root guru Wangdor Rinpoche.


Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) is a teacher of Direct Mind Perception meditation (Dzogchen & Mahamudra) and a lineage holder of several Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her informal style is precise and direct and she is revered by students around the world for her exceptional ability to share profound teachings in a clear, poetic, and humorous way.

Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal. She then spent seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche. From then on, she continued to travel extensively with him as his main translator and assistant. At the request of H.E. Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche and Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – Lama Lena has been traveling, teaching, and translating from the lineages she holds.


More information about Lama Lena can be found at https://lamalenateachings.com/about/


Dana / Teaching Gift: Lama Lena has taken a vow not to charge for her teachings and to receive voluntary dana instead. It is traditional to offer dana directly to the teacher to help support them in their efforts to continue teaching and sharing the Buddhist teachings. If you’re wondering how much to give, please consider what you might pay for similar classes & sessions offered with a set fee. Please also consider your own income and the proportion of it you can reasonably spend on teaching. Most importantly, dana should come from the heart in a spirit of gratitude and generosity.


Donations towards the running of the program: Although this program is offered freely, there are many costs involved, for example the cost of the venue, Lama Lena’s travel expenses, accommodation and food. If you have the means and feel inspired, you are very welcome to contribute to these. Please click this link to donate via PayPal. This is entirely voluntary and is separate from the teaching gift / dana which should be given to Lama Lena directly. 


Timings: The centre is open for arrival half hour before the timings below.

Fri 27th Sept: 19:30 – 21:30
Sat 28th Sept: 11:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 17:00
Sun 29th Sept: 11:00 – 13:00

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