Nalandabodhi Halifax presents Songs of Boundless Freedom: The Doha Tradition of the Indian Mahasiddhas
Teachings by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl

September 27th to 29th, 2019

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Every Tibetan Buddhist knows the life story and the songs of realization of the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa. The many songs of awakening by his Indian predecessors, most famously the eighty-four mahāsiddhas, are much less known but equally profound, beautiful, and inspiring.

During this weekend, we will explore the life stories of some well-known and some not so well-known mahāsiddhas (such as Saraha, Śavaripa, Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, Tilopa, and Maitrīpa) and sing a selection of their songs.

Most of these songs were uttered spontaneously on the spot. Many are quite unconventional and outrageous – often using rich symbolism and profound metaphors. Their style is more like modern poetry or song lyrics than traditional Buddhist texts – a rhetoric of paradox, attempting to beat the dualistic mind with its own weapons.


Friday, September 27:        7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 28:    9:30am –12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:40pm
Sunday, September 29:       9:30am – 12:00pm

No one turned away.


Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl received Buddhist and Tibetan language training at Marpa Institute in Kathmandu, under the direction of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso Rinpoche.  Since 1999, he has been one of the senior translators and teachers at Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute. He is the author of over a dozen books on Buddhism, including The Heart Attack Sutra and The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra.


For more information:

Nalandabodhi Halifax (above Trinity Jewelers)

6218 Quinpool Road
Halifax, NS B3L1A3

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