Profound Treasury Book Club Online

with Michele Laporte

May 30th

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    Room: Online
    Exertion encourages some sort of feistiness,
    and the practice of samten (meditation)
    establishes that feistiness as grounded and real.
    ...Working for sentient beings is finally becoming fully
    and thoroughly established as the ground
    of your whole being.
    Your state of mind is completely and fully
    soaked in it.
    -- Chogyam Trungpa

    The Profound Treasury Book Club meets monthly to explore "The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma."  The three volumes of this extraordinary work present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is based on the teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, which he led every summer from 1973 to 1986. This remarkable material—which has never before been published—presents Trungpa Rinpoche's teaching on the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana in a way that joins the traditional concepts with contemplative understanding.

    Having discussed the first three paramitas (transcendental actions), Generosity, Discipline and Patience, our next book club gathering will focus on Exertion and Meditation. Not surprisingly the above quote about these two paramitas points to some interesting parallels with things we might be feeling right now: feisty yet somewhat grounded, and the inspiration to work for the benefit of sentient beings. So we are on the same page-- what great good fortune to have this wisdom in our ear at such a moment.

    The next discussion of the Profound Treasury Book Club will be held ONLINE on Saturday, 30 May 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The link for our Zoom session is pasted here below. You are welcome to attend even if you have never been to one of our discussions before, just please try to familiarize yourself with the reading. We will focus on the following material from Vol. 2: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom & Compassion, Chapter 30, "Exertion" pg. 238 (hardcover), through pg. 255, the conclusion of Chapter 31, "Meditation."

    For further background you may also wish to read the Editor’s Introduction. Don't have time to read the whole selection? You are still welcome to join us for the discussion. Amazon seems to have the best purchase options and prices on this text. If you were a student of Chogyam Trungpa and just wish to give this book club discussion a try, you are warmly invited to join us. Our next book club dates will be discussed at this meeting. Your ideas and questions are most welcome!

    Please RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to attend-- you will be sent a Zoom invitation.

    For further background if you are new to the book club you may also wish to read the Editor’s Introduction and the previous chapters, but this is optional. Don't have time to read the whole selection? You are still welcome to join us for the discussion. Amazon seems to have the best purchase options and prices on this text. If you were a student of Chogyam Trungpa and just wish to give this book club discussion a try, you are warmly invited to join us. If you have friends who have expressed an interest in joining these discussions but wanted to start with the first volume, this is their chance.

    Please contact Michele LaPorte at [email protected] for more information.

    A New Course Offering!
    A seven week course with Judy Lief and Carolyn Gimian will be offered on Ocean, beginning Thursday, 14 May 2020. Based on talks from the 2018 Profound Treasury Retreat in Saco, Maine, Fear & Courage: Rising to the Challenge of Wakefulness will include opening remarks by Judy or Carolyn, audio recordings, guided meditation, and discussion groups. A course description and outline is attached; there is no fee but donations are appreciated. Registration will open on 1 May and those details will be forwarded.