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ABOUT THE COURSE
In the eleventh century AD the Muslim invasion removed Buddhism from India, but by this time it had already spread to Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. Buddhism did not travel to Tibet until the 7th-8th Centuries AD and later throughout the centuries, and since it evolved continuously in India from the time of the Buddha, the Tibetan transmission was by far the most complete. Further, led by many great Tibetan practitioners, Buddhism kept evolving in Tibet right up to the present, and today it presents in three main divisions: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. This is the rich and profound tradition that the great Tibetan teacher and meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, brought to the U.S. in 1970.
Starting in 1973 Trungpa Rinpoche began taking his students away each fall for a three-month retreat, presenting the teachings of these three divisions. He continued to do this for thirteen years, and the teachings he gave have been transcribed and digested into the three volumes of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The teachings are based in part on the writings of the great 19th-20th century Tibetan teacher, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, writings which Trungpa Rinpoche had studied in Tibet and which he used as inspiration for his talks here in the U.S.
These volumes are one of the very finest ways to immerse oneself in the teachings of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, presented by one of the most accomplished expositors of Buddhism ever to arrive in the West. Trungpa Rinpoche loved Western language and culture, and he presented the teachings in American idiom, translating the often culturally unfamiliar images beautifully into English language and culture. Please join us for a feast of dharma (teachings).
Led by meditation teachers John Baker, Barry Cunningham, Michael Kern and Laura Read