The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Course Series
Taught by Judith L. Lief
The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma online courses are now available as a self-guided series that outlines the entire Buddhist path as taught by one of the great masters, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and interpreted by his student and editor Judy Lief. The series is a distillation of four 9-day retreats led by Judy where she expounded on all three volumes of the books on which the courses are based.
The Profound Treasury teachings offer step-by-step guidance on how to progress along the path of dharma, from hinayana to mahayana to vajrayana Buddhism. They are vast and profound, and at the same time, they’re down-to-earth and practical. You will discover tools to help you realize greater sanity, kindness, and openness in your everyday life.
Chögyam Trungpa always emphasized the importance of joining study and practice, and the teachings in these courses remain true to that form. Each course offers guidance and instruction on how to practice traditional meditation methods—from mindfulness-awareness practices such as shamatha (peaceful abiding) and vipashyana (clear seeing)—to compassion practices such as working with the lojong (mind-training) slogans and tonglen (sending and taking).
“Trungpa was a follower of the path of the bodhisattva, the path of opening one’s heart to all circumstances and all beings. His way combined discipline and openness in a remarkable fashion.”
—Jack Kornfield (Bringing Home the Dharma)
The hinayana path is the foundation of the Buddhist teachings. To enter the path of Buddhist practice, one must start here. Based on training in mindfulness and awareness and in cultivating a deeper understanding of one’s own mind, the hinayana is what allows us to take delight in our everyday life just as it is.
Once the essential foundation of the hinayana teachings has been laid, the next step begins with opening the focus of practice to include the world beyond oneself. This personal paradigm shift is the gate to the mahayana teachings.
The tantric path requires complete engagement and fierce dedication. There is a quality of directness, abruptness, and wholeheartedness to it, and it is said to be the more rapid but more dangerous path.
Mahamudra is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous.
Purchase all four courses in the series for for a 35% discount at $499 compared to the price of $199 for each individual course. Taking all four courses is a foundational training in hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana Buddhism.
A version of this course will be made available this spring for dharma centers and study groups to explore these teachings in a group setting. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Judith L. Lief is a Buddhist teacher, writer, and editor. She was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her as a teacher, and she has edited many of his books including The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma volumes and Milarepa. She was given the title of Acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.