Announcing the 2022 Profound Treasury Retreat in Saco, Maine
Friday, June 10 — Sunday, June 19, 2022
“Cultivating a Dharmic Life: Nonviolence, Compassion, and Daring”
“There is a greater world than your little meditation world, your little meditation hall, and your little meditation cushion. There are other seats—there are saddles and chairs and green grass you can sit on. Everywhere you sit does not have to be a meditation cushion.” —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The real test of our dharma practice is in our actions, it is in how we live our lives. In this year’s retreat, we will look into Profound Treasury teachings on ways to apply Buddhist training in our personal lives and in our engagement with the world.
We will explore such questions as: How do we convey dharma through our presence and our behavior? How can we behave morally without becoming moralistic? What support do the teachings provide for dealing with the broader ethical and moral dilemmas of our times? And is there such a thing as a dharmic lifestyle?
We will discuss insights and practical guidelines from each of the three stages of the path, or yanas.
The hinayana cuts nonsense and dissembling. By taking an honest look at our own behavior and its effects, we learn how to reduce the harms we cause and become less of a nuisance to others.
The mahayana cuts self-absorption. We learn to extend compassion to others without self-righteousness or moralizing.
The vajrayana cuts hesitancy or holding back. We learn to engage fully with the world, see all situations as workable, and wisdom as all-pervasive.
My hope is that this class will lead to a juicy discussion of how to deal with even the toughest aspects of life with greater insight, skill, benevolence, and humor.
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