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Cycle of Four Years of Teachings

Residential Retreats with Carlos de León

Second Year

Arachova, Greece 11-16 July 2024

Mahamudra Second Part: Tantra Mahamudra

Tantra Mahamudra, also known as Mantra Mahamudra, is one part of the three levels of Mahamudra. In the context of Tantra Mahamudra, mudra refers to union and maha refers to the nature of this union as fully pervading all phenomena. Emphasizing the union of bliss-emptiness, Tantra Mahamudra,  includes practices, with the three basic elements of the subtle vajra body—nadi, prana, and bindu. Realization is achieved mainly through the practice of the “6 Yogas of Naropa”.


The second and third year of this cycle of teachings, we are going to work with the “6 Yogas of Naropa”, 3 of them per year. This year we will study:



Tummo is a Tibetan word, literally meaning 'fierce woman', but I prefer to call it the “Dakini Fire”, or our “Wisdom Fire”.


From the tantric perspective, Tummo would be a manifestation of Mother Kundalini, arising in the Avadhuta Nadi.


Tummo is the foundation of the 6 Yogas of Naropa, it allows to purify our experience and realize our innate bliss or Ananda and our natural wisdom.



Phowa, or “transference of consciousness,” is the Vajrayana and Dzogchen method for attaining a better rebirth, liberation, or enlightenment at the moment of death or in the after-death Bardo.

Life’s most awesome and certain event is death, and death comes to us all.Vajrayana teaching states that, although death is inevitable, how we die, either, terrified and confused, or with faith and spiritual awareness, is within our control.


Phowa deals directly with our fear of death and our aspiration for enlightenment.

Sufficiently accomplished practitioners may also use this uncomplicated and powerful method for the benefit of other persons and animals who have reached the end of their present life. Vajrayana practitioners, consider it extremely important to perform Phowa for the dying and recently deceased.


The simplicity of the technique and the certainty of death, makes Phowa one technique thatall practitioner of any level should learn, as soon as possible.


3.Yoga of the Bardo

The process of dying and way to total freedom after death, and a practice for choosing a good rebirth.


Supporting Practices:

1. Chakrasamvara and Vajragogini fundamental practice


2.The 5 Physical Yogas of Naropa

The 5 physical yogas of Trulkhor, works with our prana and channels, to bring harmony, health and facilitate the experience of Tummo.


3.White Mahakala

The practice of White Mahakala is done to purify our six spiritual poisons and facilitate our experience in the Bardo, also is done to bring wealth and prosperity.


4.Zhitro, for purifying the Bardos.

Zhitro is the name referring to a cycle or mandala of 100 peaceful (zhi) and wrathful (khro) tantric deities which represent the purified elements of the body and mind. These hundred peaceful and wrathful deities are believed to manifest to a deceased person following the dissolution of the body and consciousness in the intermediate state, or bardo, betw


The Chakrasamvara Tantra, was composed in Northern India in the late 8th or early 9th century and is one of the most important Mother Tantras emphasizing female deities, like yoginis and dakinis. Mother Tantra practices focus more on clear light mental activity and blissful awareness of emptiness as the immediate cause for achieving liberation.

Carlos de León Presents the teaching:

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* This retreat is designed so that everyone can participate, regardless of their level in meditation and is addressed to those who want to connect more deeply with themselves and evolve consciously.


‘Is space anywhere supported? Upon what does it rest?

Like space, Mahamudra is dependent upon nothing;

Relax and settle in the continuum of unalloyed purity,

And, your bonds loosening, release is certain.

Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases;

Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself,

The train of discursive and conceptual thought ends,

And supreme enlightenment is gained’.

*Excerpt from Tilopa’s Mahamudra Song


To participate in the teaching, it is necessary to email us at, no later than May 25th 2023, by clicking on "Register to the Teaching" below and filling in the requested fields.

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