Profound Treasury Book Club Online

with Michele Laporte

June 20th

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    Room: Online
    The enlightened ones just experienced it on the spot,
    but we can experience shunyata (emptiness) only by contrast.
    When you have powerful emotional threats and
    extreme messages of all kinds being presented to you,
    as extreme as such events become,
    that is how much shunyata could be experienced.
    -- 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.

    So much has changed even since our most recent reading-- who could imagine all of this? Well, possibly our great teachers. As the "stormy waves" of this epic health crisis threaten our very well being and batter our lifestyles, many of us have been expressing gratitude for all the wisdom and training we have received. Especially for the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who by designing this powerful path, training us in body, speech and mind, and convincing us that we can accomplish these practices for the benefit of all beings, seemed to be preparing us directly for times of crisis. This reading selection further merges our experience of emptiness with unconditional great compassion. Nick of time, as usual.

    The next discussion of the Profound Treasury Book Club will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday, 20 May 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Participation information and a Zoom link will follow in the reminder message sent one week before our gathering. 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 32, Prajna pg. 256 (hardcover), through the conclusion of the chapter, pg. 269.

    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.