Profound Treasury Book Club (Online)

with Michele Laporte

October 24th

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    Room: Online
    Without this world, we could not attain enlightenment.
    There would be no journey.
    If we rejected the world, we would be rejecting the ground and the path...
    All our experiences are based on others...
    Without them we could not attain anything.
    We would have no feedback, absolutely nothing to work with.
    So the irritations and problems in our world are crucial.

    -- 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.

    We are taking our time with this material, which is entirely as it should be. Not only are these slogans the very essence of transformation, but they form a perfect counterpoint to the news cycle that occasionally hijacks our attention-- a balm for sore hearts. Our discussion of tonglen practice also continues with this next discussion, so if you made it to the woods or a beach last week there'll be another chance to visit this pivotal topic! And if you would like to hear a recording of last Saturday's session, please let me know.
     
    The next discussion of the Profound Treasury Book Club will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday, 24 October 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 38, Point Three: Transformation of Bad Circumstances into the Path of Enlightenment pgs. 324 - 337 (hardcover), slogans #14-16.

    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.