Announcing the 2023 Profound Treasury Retreat in Saco, Maine
Friday, June 9 — Sunday, June 18, 2023
“Being and Manifesting – The Three Bodies of Enlightenment”
“According to the vajrayana tradition, every journey that we make throughout the entire path is based on the trikaya. It is based on the achievement of the perfect trikaya principle: the basic physical state, or nirmanakaya; manifestation, or sambhogakaya; and finally, the fundamental nonfixation and nonduality of “I” and “other” altogether, or dharmakaya.” —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
According to Trungpa Rinpoche, if we want to really understand the dharma—where the dharma comes from, how the dharma arises, how it is transmitted, and how it is embodied —we need to study the trikaya, or the three bodies of enlightenment. Connecting with these principles can give us a more complete sense of the spiritual journey and what it means to be a student.
The trikaya teachings pervade the dharma, especially the vajrayana. They point to the interplay of space, energy, and form in ordinary life as well as in enlightened mind. The dharmakaya has to do with space and is connected with the mind or consciousness. The sambhogakaya has to do with energy and is connected with speech and emotions. The nirmanakaya has to do with form and is connected with the body.
The trikaya teachings can seem daunting, but Trungpa Rinpoche grounds them in the grittiness and practicality of our lives and the need to work with our world just as it is. Over and over we experience energy arising from space, taking form, and dissolving. In fact, every morning we ourselves appear out of nowhere, as energy stirs, and we once again take form. The trikaya principle pervades everything from the most mundane to the most profound. So every moment is an expression of enlightened energy, and every moment is workable.
This year’s main class will be based primarily on teachings from the third volume of the Profound Treasury: The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness.
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