The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

with Scott Perry & Bill McPheters

February 19th—March 19th -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $150 Full Price
  • $175 Patron Price
  • $75 Repeater Price

This course will focus on the first volume of a three volume collection of teachings by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This extraordinary work presents a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end and is based on the teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, which Trungpa Rinpoche led every summer from 1973 to 1986. This remarkable material presents the teachings on the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana (the three turnings or three "phases" of the Buddha's teachings) in a way that joins the traditional concepts with contemplative understanding.

Volume One, The Path of Individual Liberation, presents the teachings of the hinayana. The hinayana introduces 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 formal entry into the hinayana and the Buddhist path altogether is the refuge vow, in which a student goes for refuge to the Buddha, or the teacher; the dharma, or the teachings; and the sangha, or the community. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping.

Topics covered in detail in this volume include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more.

Courses on based on Volume Two, The Bodhisattva Path of Compassion and Wisdom, and Volume Three, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness will be offered in the future.

Participants are encouraged to purchase The Path of Individual Liberation text. The book, as well as the entire 3-volume set, may be obtained from Amazon, through Shambhala Publications or other book retailers.

Generosity Policy:

Our generosity policy supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship.  Please contemplate how much you can truly offer at this time (more, less, or the suggested full program fee) based on your circumstances.  The full program fee reflects the minimum cost of offering this program.  To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact Gary at least one week in advance of the program at [email protected].  Pre-arrangements are necessary as we cannot accommodate “pay-what-you-can-at-the-door”.

No one will be turned away for financial reasons.