Program Details

Profound Treasury Study Group

with Frank Ryan & Mary Lang & Charles Trageser & Susan Ryan
September 19 / 7:00 PM - November 7 / 9:00 PM

Mentored peer-led study group facilitated by Frank Ryan, Mary Lang and Charlie Trageser

The three volumes of the Profound Treasury present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries in the 1970’s and early 80’s. These remarkable volumes present Trungpa Rinpoche's teaching on the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana in a way that joins the traditional concepts with contemplative, experiential understanding.

The first volume, The Path of Individual Liberation, presents the hinayana, the core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping. The class will explore selected topics from the hinayana path, including the four noble truths, karma, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more.

This class will follow a mentored peer-led format, and is open to all on a drop-in basis. Students who are interested in deepening their own understanding by making presentations on a particular topic and leading the class discussion will be encouraged to do so, and will be mentored by one of the senior facilitators, Frank Ryan, Mary Lang and Charlie Trageser.

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