The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra 
~ The Heart Practice of Kadampa Buddhism~

A special 7-week course with Kadam Lucy James

Thursday Evenings April 15 to May 27 | 6.30-8.00pm

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Starting on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, we are delighted to present an 7-week course based on Part One of The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra -- the heart practice of Kadampa Buddhism -- and on the commentary transmitted during the NKT Summer Festival 2016. This will be presented by Kadam Lucy in a way that provides the structure for deep experience of its meaning.

This precious text guides the reader through the profound and world-transforming practice of Mahamudra – the very essence of Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. It reveals the uncommon practice of the Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which Geshe Kelsang, founder of KMC CO, received directly from his Spiritual Guide Trijang Rinpoche. We will learn how to meditate on each of the five stages of training in Mahamudra with an emphasis on gaining heartfelt experience of these profound and liberating practices so that we can integrate them into our daily life.

Gaining the slightest experience of these blessed instructions will revolutionize our life, transforming it into a blissful path to full enlightenment even in this one short life. Kadam Lucy will also cover the beautiful practice of the preliminaries – going for refuge and training in bodhichitta, purification, mandala offerings, and Guru yoga.

This course will take place on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8:00pm, followed by pair and group discussion. It is open to everyone who has an interest in the Mahayana Buddhist path to enlightenment, and will be particularly helpful for those who are planning on receiving Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments later this year.

We request those of you who are interested to sign up for the whole course to get the full benefit. It will remain available for the duration.

Registration & Cost

$12 per class or $65 for entire 7 week course 
(save $26 by purchasing the entire course!)

If purchasing entire course, video recording of all classes will remain available for the entirety of the 7 weeks course. If purchasing individual classes, you will have access to a replay of the class for 1 week after each class.


Free for supporting members
No one turned away for lack of funds


April 15 to May 27
Thursday Evenings | 6.30-8.00pm
(followed by 30 min optional discussion)

Class 1: April 15
Class 2: April 22
Class 3: April 29
Class 4: May 6
Class 5: May 13
Class 6: May 20
Class 7: May 27

About the Book

Get prepared for the course! Purchase the book from Tharpa.

This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the final completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life.

About the Teacher

Kadam Lucy James is a close disciple of the founder of our Buddhist tradition, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having first met him in 1981. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving Buddhist meditation centers in the past 40 years. Her main job for many years was also to help edit and produce Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s books. She has also engaged in several years of meditation retreat.

This class will be followed by practice on Friday mornings

The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra

Fridays, 8-9am

Composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, and extracted from the Ganden Emanation Scripture, this ritual prayer for spiritual attainments, is a perfect preparation for Mahamudra meditation. Through engaging in this practice of Guru yoga – a special way of relying upon our Spiritual Guide – we can quickly receive the blessings of all the Buddhas. This special prayer is part of our Buddhism In-Depth series Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra on Thursday, evenings at 7pm.


Is this course for me?

  • This course is perfect for new meditators and those with meditation experience
  • Open to everyone regardless of beliefs, faith or background
  • Easily fits your schedule
  • Watch the classes at a time that is convenient for you

What will I get out of this course?

  • Strengthen your spiritual practice
  • Clear direction and understanding of  life
  • Confidence in your ability to help others & how to do it

If you are interested in participating in the Zoom discussions by joining as an Interim Foundation Program* student, please send an email to: [email protected] You can find more information about the Foundation Program here.

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