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Chan Silent Illumination & Mahamudra: A Discussion Across Buddhist Traditions


Chan Silent Illumination & Mahamudra: A Discussion Across Buddhist Traditions



INTRODUCTORY/OPEN TO ALL: No prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required


Guo Gu, a senior teacher of Chan and founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center has just released a new book, Silent Illumination.  In this special, hour-long event, Lorne Ladner, teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, psychologist, and director of Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center will introduce Guo Gu, who will provide an introduction to Silent Illumination practice.  Lorne and Guo Gu will then dialogue, comparing and contrasting Silent Illumination practice from the Chan tradition with Mahamudra from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

The event is free of charge and open to all!



This event is co-sponsored by:


Shambhala Publications


Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center of Fairfax, VA


Tara Buddhist Center of Nashville, TN


Thubten Kunga Buddhist Center of Deerfield Beach, FL


Dharmakaya Center of Reno, NV


Namdrol Ling Study Group of Miami, FL



WHEN: Saturday, March 13th, 2021. From 10:30 to 11:30 am. Check calendar to confirm.


WHERE: Online (Zoom)


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Silent Illumination description:

Our natural awakening—or buddha-nature—is inherent within all of us and waiting to be realized. Buddha-nature has the qualities of both silence and illumination, and by working with silent illumination meditation you can find your own awakening. Distinguished Chan Buddhist teacher Guo Gu introduces you to the significance and methods of this practice through in-depth explanations and guided instructions. To help establish a foundation for realizing silent illumination, he has translated twenty-five teachings from the influential master Hongzhi Zhengjue into English, accompanied by his personal commentary. This book will be an indispensable resource for meditators interested in beginning or deepening their silent illumination practice.



Guo Gu is a Chan teacher and founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center. Professor of Buddhist studies at the Florida State University and author of multiple books and articles, he is one of the most distinguished Chan teachers of our time. Guo Gu is one of Master Sheng Yen's senior disciples and assisted the master in leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan, and other locations in Europe and Asia.

Lorne Ladner is a teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and has authored and edited a number of books.  He serves as director of the Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center.  He also works as a clinical psychologist in Northern Virginia.   


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