The core practice of Kadampa Buddhism is training in Mahamudra.

The term ‘Mahamudra’ is Sanskrit. ‘Maha’ means ‘great’ and refers to great bliss, and ‘mudra’ here means ‘non-deceptive’ and refers to emptiness. Mahamudra is the union of great bliss and emptiness.

Mahamudra Tantra is defined as a mind of fully qualified clear light that experiences great bliss and realizes emptiness directly.

As the holder of the lineage of the oral instructions of mahamudra, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has revealed these essential instructions in his book The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra, The very essence of Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra:

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Dorjechang 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. Following the root text of Mahamudra, The Main Path of the Conquerors by the First Panchen Lama, this remarkable book provides extremely clear and easy to understand explanations and insights based on the author’s experiences during many years of retreat.


Main subjects covered in the book are:

  • Having identified our own mind, meditating on tranquil abiding

  • Having realized emptiness, meditating on superior seeing

  • Meditating on the central channel, the yoga of the central channel

  • Meditating on the indestructible drop, the yoga of the drop

  • Meditating on the indestructible wind, the yoga of wind

Purchase the book online from Tharpa Publications