Profound Treasury Book Club (Online)

with Michele Laporte

August 1st

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    Room: Online
    Relative bodhicitta practice is very action oriented.
    We give as much as we can give,
    and we expand as much as we can expand.
    We have a lot to offer because we have basic goodness,
    which is an inexhaustible treasure--
    and because of that,
    we can receive more as well.
    We can be shock absorbers of other people's pain.
    -- 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.

    Some of us have had the experience of a teacher taking a week to focus on the title of a text alone. And while our pace tends to be a bit more brisk, we have reached a section in our reading, on the lojong mind training practices, where we may wish to slow down and savor each point carefully. In fact our recent discussion did not cover the entire reading selection, so this next selection overlaps a little and then covers the next chapter and a half. Just a little light reading for these midsummer days...

    The next discussion of the Profound Treasury Book Club will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday, 1 August 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  A Zoom link for the discussion 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 35, Point One: The Preliminaries, Which Are a Basis for Dharma Practice, pg. 289(hardcover), to halfway through Chapter 37, Point Two: Training in Relative Bodhicitta, pg. 312.

    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.

    Please register in advance; last minute registrants run the risk of not receiving their Zoom link in time to attend.