The Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje provides profound instructions on how to realize Mahamudra, the ultimate nature of mind. Simple and pithy, it lays out the essential points for training the mind to realize its natural uncontrived peaceful nature, which, in fact, is already present within us.
Shamar Rinpoche, a widely recognized Mahamudra master, will give a rare extensive commentary to this prayer, explaining the profound practice and making it accessible to meditators of all levels. Understanding this prayer helps create conditions to realize the profound state of Mahamudra.
Rangjung Dorje, the 3rd Karmapa (1284-1339), was both a supreme meditator and a great scholar. Receiving the full transmissions of both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, he reintroduced a high level of intellectual understanding as part of the practice and unified the traditional Kagyu Mahamudra teachings with the Nyingma Maha-Ati or Dzogchen teachings. An important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, his many texts and commentaries are still being used today, with perhaps the most famous one being The Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer.
Shamar Rinpoche is the the 14th Shamarpa, or Red Hat Lama, is the second-oldest reincarnate lineage of Tibet. Rinpoche was born in 1952, and received the full teachings and transmissions from the 16th Karmapa as well as many important lamas of other lineages. In 1980, his activity began to spread with frequent teachings in Asia and the West, where he became well-known for his ability to make even the most profound teachings easily accessible. In 1996, he organized the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a worldwide network of centers based on a non-sectarian approach to Buddhism.