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Resounding the Profound Treasury: A Read-a-Thon

June 16 / 1:00 PM - June 16 / 5:00 PM

Celebrating the Release of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma is a presentation of the complete Buddhist path as taught by the founder of Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The three volumes compile Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings on the hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana Buddhist paths, which he presented between 1973 and 1986 at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries.

To celebrate the recent publication of this remarkable material, the international Shambhala community is participating in a mandala-wide read-a-thon. The objective is to cover the full three volumes between the parinirvana of Trungpa Rincpoche (April 4) and mid-summer day (June 21).

The Edmonton Shambhala Centre is excited to participate in this read-a-thon. Our chosen reading comes from Volume 2, The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, and covers the sections on Mind Training and Slogan Practice. This reading offers practical advice and teachings that are helpful for students at all stages on the path of meditation.

The complete reading will take approximately 4 hours. All are welcome to participate in all or part of the reading.

Mind Training and Slogan Practice

Commonly known by the Tibetan name, lojong, "mind training" and slogan practice were developed as part of the Mahayana School of Buddhism, and are generally attributed to Atisha, a Bengali meditation master (982–1054 CE).

These teachings are made fresh and practical for students today through contemporary translations and comentaries on the practices. Trungpa Rinpoche, in particular, was known for his ability to present traditional Buddhist teaching using words and expressions that were accessible to Western meditation students.

The reading of the section from The Profound Treasury at the Edmonton Shambhala Centre will present Trungpa Rinpoche's commentary on these ancient teachings.

The complete set of slogans can be viewed in this article for the Shambhala Sun, with commentary by Pema Chodron, a senior student of Trungpa Rinpoche.

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