Profound Treasury Classes and Book Clubs

PTOD-7116Many individuals and groups are gathering together to study The Profound Treasury. If you have a class or book club, please send information and we’ll include a listing on the website.

Online Courses

Shambhala Publications is offering an online course with Acharya Judith Lief, the editor of The Profound Treasury.

For information click here.


Courses Throughout North America

Baltimore, Maryland

A study group in Baltimore, called the 3 Yanas, is  led by Eric Laufe, who can be reached at

Barnet, Vermont

I. The St. Johnsbury ,Vermont Shambhala Center is offering an  8 week course on the Hinayana volume of the Profound Treasury. In the fall, sessions began with a sitting meditation, followed with videos of the Hinayana talks given by Judy Lief at the retreat ( with permission of Shambhala Pubs). We included some talks and contemplations by the discussion group leaders . ( Gail Flynn, Caroline DeMaio, Charlie Byron, Irini Rockwell, and Wayne Schoech). Each video, talk, contemplations and readings were followed by a lively discussion. In January, we are continuing with the Hinayana. We will proceed with the same format. However, in this series we will be offering the videos by Chogyam Trungpa teaching on The Path of Meditation. We will be studying and discussing Shamatha Vispashyana in more depth.,

II. The Northeast Kingdom PTOD study group

Our study group consists of 9 people:
Bernie and Gail Flynn, Sal and Caroline DeMaio, Bob Taylor, Barbara Porter Calamaio, Charlie Byron, Irini Rockwell and Wayne Schoech. We began this group two years ago. We meet twice a month,and rotate from home to home. We begin the evening with a lovely dinner and then sit, followed by a lively discussion of a chapter ( or two). Currently, we are in the middle of the Mahayana. The view is to go slow. ( We seem to be successful at that!) We have a very inspired group of practitioners and chefs!!


Berkeley and San Francisco, California

I. The Shambhala Center in San Francisco hosts classes on the Profound Treasury. For further information, contact:

II. Michael and Anne McLellan are leading a group of vajrayana students studying Volume Three. For information, contact:

Boston, Massachusetts

Please see the listing for Cambridge below.

Boulder, Colorado

Beginning February 20, 2016, the Boulder Shambhala Center is offering a three part course on the Profound Treasury. 

The course will be taught by Shastri Holly Gayley, Acharya Judith Lief, and Shastri Andrew Sacamano.

For further information about the course go to:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Profound Treasury Dharma Group is a collection of old and new students of the buddhadharma in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are dedicated to studying and practicing The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The group meets at the Tibetan Buddhist Resources Center, 1430 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, (middle of Harvard Square) Wednesday nights at 7 PM. For additional information, see the group’s facebook page



A study group is forming. For information, contact Caroline Bliss Kandel:

Halifax, Nova Scotia

For information about study groups in Halifax, contact:

Long Island, New York

A study group is forming on Long Island. For information contact George Woodard:

New York, New York

The Profound Treasury Book Club of New York begins their fall study period each year with a readathon. Book club meetings begin after that. The book club is currently reading Volume Two. For information, contact

Ottawa, Ontario

A study group is forming. For information, contact Robert Dvorkin:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A group in Philadelphia is studying the Profound Treasury and related writings by Chogyam Trungpa. For information, contact Eric Diaz:

Phoenix, Arizona

A study group is forming. This program will be held at our Mid-Town Delek, the (handicap accessible) home of Muffie Noble and Chris Power on Monday evenings. Snacks/light supper will be provided at 6:30pm with the book study starting at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  Please contact Chris at 602-696-9694 or Muffie at 602 885 1811 for address/directions.

Sky Lake Retreat Center

Several courses are in progress or are planned, to present teachings from the Profound Treasury. See information about the current course at:  the website .  For further information contact:

Vancouver, British Columbia

Since September, 2014, the Vancouver Shambhala Center has dedicated the first Sunday morning of every month to a “maha-community” gathering, bringing practitioners of all practice levels together to share in sitting meditation, the loving kindness practice and an opportunity at lunch time to engage in conversations and get to know each other better. Acharya Susan Chapman will offer a talk and lead discussions each month. Kate Abato will offer readings from The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion.

For further information, see the Vancouver Shambhala website

Washington, D.C.

I.A study group is reading Volume One of the Profound Treasury. The group meets once a month in a private home, the first Sunday of each month, at 4:30 pm. The group will celebrate their one year anniversary with a gathering in October.

To join the group or get more information, please contact

II.  A study group on Volume Two of The Profound Treasury meets once a month on a Saturday afternoon at the home of Laurie Yengo in Silver Spring, MD. The group started up in October 2014 and is just getting through the chapters on the Paramitas. However, all are welcome to jump in at any time! To join the group or for information, contact: Laurie at

Westchester, New York

The Westchester Buddhist Center frequently offers courses on “The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma”, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, compiled and edited by Judith L. Lief.

For those who are interested in joining, please be in touch with John Baker,, or Derek Kolleeny at