We have completed our somewhat exhaustive study of the Hinayana, using the first volume of: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma- The Path of Individual Liberation by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Our study and practice so far has provided us with some foundation to begin the study of the Mahayana, using The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma- Volume 2- The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Thus, we are embarking on the next stage of our journey. This new text is broken down into 8 sections, so there will be assigned readings (and you might expect the occasional guest teacher or other surprises)! The course starts on July 14, but is ongoing (Tuesdays at 7pm) throughout the summer and fall, so please drop in anytime.
In general, the Dharma is challenging to the egoic mind, but splendid nonetheless. In particular, the Mahayana teachings challenge us to relate with our innate wholesomeness with dignity, discipline, and an attitude of bravery and gentleness. As Trungpa Rinpoche points out, once we really start to work with the Mahayana principles of maitri and bodhicitta, “The ground of our existence begins to thaw and the samsaric world begins to flake. We realize there is no reason to hold a grudge against others, or for that matter, ourselves…. so we begin to let go, to open further.” Mahayana Buddhism does not have a patent on compassion- we see kindness and compassion emphasized in almost every religion. However, the unique contribution of the Buddhist path is in the unrivaled power of its methods, contemplative practices and the profound combination of wisdom and skillful means it brings to the table.
We can get a book club discount (20%) at the Northshire Bookstore on the paperback version of The Profound Treasury, Vol 2, but the orders have to be placed all together for the discount, so anyone who wants to purchase it should contact Martha Schoenemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-325-3146.
Please come and bring your good hearts, and let’s celebrate the feast of the Mahayana together!