The great spiritual tradition of Tibet is known for its extraordinary monastic institutions. However, concurrently to this it exists another equally important and critical tradition: the path of the Yogin or Yogini, i.e. men and women who embrace and integrate the daily life in their spiritual path and who, through their realization, benefit the community in which they live.
A non-monastic way, the Ngakpa path, involved throughout the history, people of all social levels like farmers, artisans, members of family, heads of State and Government, and simple wanderers/tramps, who, while being involved in ordinary life, expressed the highest spiritual realization. This non institutional tradition lacks a rigid hierarchy and without a doubt it is designated to be preserved and integrated in our modern society. Thus, the Community or Sangha of the Guhya Mantrika is following this direction.
One of the aspects of the Guhya Mantrika’s peculiar view is to develop a Community of lay practitioners, people who keep their compromises with their families and job positions while practicing and integrating the Dharma wherever they are.
The ultimate view of the Buddha’s Teachings, the Dzogchen and the Mahamudra, put emphasis on the clarity and natural space which can be mingled with daily life circumstances like being in the middle of traffic, cooking dinner, or participating to a job meeting; the opportunities to practice are unlimited like the life itself.
We are a group of practitioners who meet during the week and in the week-ends to participate to Teachings and to practice specific sadhanas (meditative practices). Together we are creating a Mandala of a non-monastic community that is extending to all society’s areas, a Sangha which is compromised to a long-term view, the one of Guhya Mantrika, of a positive force/strength in national Buddhism and beyond boundaries for many years to come.