I have not read too much about Mahamudra meditation practices. Sometimes articles appear in Shambhala Sun, Tricycle or Buddhadharma – all magazines I subscribe to. It is used in just about all forms of Tibetan meditation practices and much has been written about it.
An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by The Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa is an important guide to the technique known from many Tibetan schools.
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The following excerpt from the book, itself tells a lot about the mental aspect of mahamudra meditation practices:
After the physical aspect of Shamatha meditation, there is what to do with the mind. This is how to keep the mind free of distraction. First we must not to prolong the past meaning that when we’re meditating, we don’t think about the past, we don’t engage in recollection, and so forth. Second we don’t beckon the future, which means not to speculate, plan, or think about the future. Now, of course, we have to do this in post-meditation, but in meditation sessions, we don’t think about the future.
This leaves the present. In meditation practice, we experience whatever we experience directly in the present moment, because our mind’s experience will not stop simply because we’re not thinking about the past or the future.
These instructions of dealing with past, present, and future are the principle instructions of Mahamudra meditation…
The book goes on to talk about cultivating loving kindness as an adjunct to mahamudra meditation practices. The authors also introduce taking and sending practice, which I know from other sources to be the practice of tonglen. Both of these practices are used in conjunction with mahamudra meditation practices when the mind cannot be stabilized in the present moment, as described in the above excerpt.
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