A few weeks ago I joined the Mahayanagana within the Awakened Heart Sangha. Gana means circle so the Mahayanagana is the name for the circle of members of the AHS who have committed to the sangha, their practice and are committed students of Lama Shenpen.
To join the Mahayanagana (MYG) you have to have been a member of the sangha for more than a year and to have completed the three MYG training modules. These are: Pranidhanas (aspirational prayers), Feast Offering Practice and Awakening Dialogue. I wrote about all of these courses as I was doing them in previous blog posts.
The MYG training is in addition to Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training, which all sangha members study and practice – the structured distance learning training in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and insight – essentially Mahamudra and Dzogchen but taught in an experiential, jargon-free way especially for Westerners. It gives you the materials, structure and support for a lifetime of practice.
The Living the Awakened Heart Training is spiral learning, so you keep going back through the same core themes at deeper and deeper levels. I’d been through the materials more than twice before I decided to make the commitment to the sangha by joining the MYG.
I found the additional MYG training to be so inspiring and enhancing to my existing training and practice!