Author archive: Carolyn

Online Talk about Chogyam Trungpa’s Mindfulness in Action is Offered August 9

All are welcome to join an online talk on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. EDT. This is being offered by Ocean, which presents online opportunities to study Chogyam Trungpa’s teachings. (To access the offerings on Ocean, register at http://ocean.chronicleproject.com/learn-more/.) David Sable will speak on “Touching the Surface of the Mind,” from the book “Mindfulness…

Mindfulness in Action Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, March 11-13

Join Carolyn Gimian in Boulder, Colorado for the weekend of March 11 to 13, to explore Chogyam Trungpa’s approach to mindfulness meditation and mindfulness in everyday life.

Still Time to Attend the Winter Retreat Offered by the Westchester Buddhist Center

A meditation retreat in the style of the Weekthun Retreat created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Intensive immersion in the practice of meditation. Dates: January 29 – February 5, 2016 The focus for our fourth annual retreat will be the Seven Points of Mind Training (Lojong) as taught by Atisha. These pithy encapsulations of the major…

Concert to Benefit the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project

    In his first appearance in Halifax, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Robert Dvorkin will play a concert to benefit the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project. The program will include: Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 Chopin Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 35 Debussy Images (Complete) Debussy L’isle joyeuse Hope you can attend!…

Intensive Meditation Retreat Practice Opportunity: The Fourth Westchester Buddhist Center (WBC) Retreat

A meditation retreat in the style of the Weekthun Retreat created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Intensive immersion in the practice of meditation. Dates: January 29 – February 5, 2016 The focus for our fourth annual retreat will be the Seven Points of Mind Training (Lojong) as taught by Atisha. These pithy encapsulations of the major…

2015 Profound Treasury Retreat Begins June 5

Friday, June 5, 106 of us will arrive at the Ferry Beach Park Association for the 2015 Profound Treasury Retreat. The program opens with a lhasang, or smoke offering, a talk on meditation practice and then two days of sitting practice. People are packing and planning their arrival, while a team of volunteers is preparing…

The Pop-Up Mandala : The Profound Treasury Retreat

The Pop-Up Mandala : The Profound Treasury Retreat

On that first afternoon, Ferry Beach was still just a conference center. Its buildings sat right at the edge of tall grasses that lead to a highly swimmable beach. There were forest groves, and peaceful gardens — it was a beautiful, but normal place. I walked into what people were calling the shrine room, and found a messy gym with a handful of busy volunteers, building, and cleaning, and moving things into place.

Taming the Space

Taming the Space

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Retreat happened next to the ocean. One fellow retreatant mentioned that the constant sound of the waves breaking on the shore kept us company during long periods of meditation. I suppose it’s kind of ironic, because I’ve heard that Trungpa Rinpoche hated people sunbathing in the sand on the beach; he called it “lying in the dirt.” But I can’t help but think he would get a laugh out of the fact that this is where we were immersed in his teachings.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Recollections from the 2014 Profound Treasury Retreat

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Recollections from the 2014 Profound Treasury Retreat

Rob and I had not been to a practice program together, (let alone on a vacation) since our first child was born and he’s 28 years old now. So, it was a bit of a commitment to drive the fifteen hours to a group retreat in Maine, rather than, say, a seaside resort. It’s not what people usually do on vacation. Usually people go someplace with a bar. We were thrilled to discover that the Profound Treasury of Dharma retreat, while without a watering hole, was a New England seaside resort.

ONLINE COURSE TO STUDY CHOGYAM TRUNGPA MATERIAL

Robert Walker, a senior student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and an accomplished teacher (he is the head of a Dharma Study Group in Michigan) is starting a new series of online classes that will meet every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Note: zoom can be accessed by computer or tablet or phone. Zoom…

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