The first volume of this landmark series presents the teachings of the hinayana. The hinayana introduces core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study. The formal entry into the hinayana and the Buddhist path altogether is the refuge vow, in which a student goes for refuge to the Buddha, or the teacher; the dharma, or the teachings; and the sangha, or the community. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping. Topics covered in detail in this volume include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more.
"The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma" represents meditation master ChOgyam Trungpa's greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students.
About the Author
Chogyam Trungpa (1940 1987) was a pioneer in presenting the teachings of mindfulness in North America. Buddhist meditation master, teacher, and artist, he is the author of numerous books including Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery; Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness; and Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.
Judith Lief has taught internationally on death and dying and on the application of mindfulness-awareness training. As one of the foremost students of meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, she is a well-known teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. She is a pastoral counselor at Maitri Day Health Center in Yonkers, New York, serving formerly homeless persons with AIDS.
“Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche had a particular genius in presenting the Dharma to Western audiences. . . . These volumes display the far-reaching goodness that can be created in the world when compassion and devotion come together.”—H.H. the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
"With the publication of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, these seminary transcripts have taken birth as three user-friendly volumes, beautifully arranged and elegantly edited without losing the author's intention or voice. The volumes offer a glimpse of the heart teachings of the Vidyadhara, given to his students over several years with his uniquely provocative and meticulous style, enhanced by his knowledge of Western epistomology and psychology."—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Buddhadharma