This retreat is based studying Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings on the three stages of the Tibetan Buddhist path (Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana) with a focus on his three-volume work: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. It will be an opportunity to explore these teachings within a similar context to that in which they were originally given: 3-month residential training programs called Vajradhatu Seminaries. In the past, these teachings were only available to his closest students; however, Trungpa's desire was for them eventually to be made more broadly available.
There will be a focus on the mahayana teachings as presented in Volume Two of The Profound Treasury. The emphasis will be on how to apply these teachings in daily life: in work, relationships, and interconnection with the environment. You will explore the relevance and power of working with six traditional guidelines for skillful engagement, known as paramitas, which Trungpa Rinpoche referred to as “techniques of nongrasping.”
Study topics will include loving kindness, compassion, emptiness, ultimate and relative bodhichitta, the spiritual friend, and the bodhisattva vow.
Meditation practice will include mindfulness-awareness practice (shamatha-vipahsyana), as well as the contemplative practices of tonglen (sending and taking) and the four limitless ones.
This retreat will be led by Judy Lief (editor of The Profound Treasury) as well as other senior students of Trungpa Rinpoche. These retreats are infused with the spirit of beginner’s mind, where curious students can come together to explore, question, and learn from each other, regardless of age or experience level. Please visit www.ProfoundTreasuryWest.com for complete information.
Blazing Mountain Retreat Center
About the Teacher
Judy Lief has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years, and continues to teach throughout the world. Ms. Lief was a close student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. Ms. Lief is an author and editor of numerous books on Buddhist meditation and psychology including Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. Her articles have appeared in The Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, O Magazine, Buddhadharma, and The Naropa Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy.
To apply for this retreat, please visit the Profound Treasury web page, or go directly to the application form itself. For questions, please contact the Profound Treasury’s staff directly through this link.
Tuition for the retreat is $400. You may send in your payment all at once, or in two installments. During the registration process you will be able to choose your method of payment. Apply by June 1 and register and pay all fees and lodging by July 15, and receive a $100 tuition discount.