The Profound Treasury Book Club

Announcing the Profound Treasury Book Club,
with Alice Gormley

From 1973 to 1986 Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche conducted 13 annual 3-month meditation and study retreats called Seminaries.  The seminaries were structured according to the 3 stages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition:  hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana.  The 300 talks he delivered at these seminaries were recorded, transcribed and published each year, available only to students who were attending or had attended a seminary.


Trungpa Rinpoche intended these 13 years of teachings to be organized and published for the benefit of all people interested in discovering and developing the Buddhist path in their lives.  One of his senior students, Judith Lief, undertook the immense project of compiling and editing these teachings so that each year’s teachings were incorporated and expressed as one whole view of the path.  In 2013 the 3 volumes of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma were published.

 The Shambhala Center is pleased to offer to all students, from new to been-doing-this-for-a-long-time, an invitation to participate in the Profound Treasury Book Club.  We will gather monthly at 11:15 on the second Sunday of the month for an hour of discussion of a chapter, beginning with Volume One: The Path of Individual Liberation.  There is no prerequisite for participation.  Just an interest in the path and gathering with other people who share that.

 Our first meeting will be on Sunday, June 9 at 11:15am.  There is no charge for participation, (though donations help pay our mortgage).  Please purchase The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One:The Path of Individual Liberation (Available at Amazon).  We will each read the scheduled material ahead of group meetings, reflect upon it, and personally investigate how it applies to our minds and lives.  At the meeting, we’ll discuss the chapter and any questions which may come up.  There will be refreshments.  Please join us.

Reading for our first meeting will be: the editor’s Introduction (pp xxxi-li) for orientation to the books and teachings, as well as Chapter One: Beginning at the Beginning (pp 3-5).

About Alice Gormley:

When the early Milwaukee students of Chögyam Trungpa gathered to practice and study in the living room of David Shapiro and Jane Hawes in 1979, Alice was there; and so, she is a founding member of today’s Milwaukee Shambhala Center.  She became a committed student/practitioner…dathun (month long retreat); in ’82; 3-month seminary with Chögyam Trungpa in ’83; completed the rigorous Ngondro practice and entered the Kagyu Vajrayana path in 1996. She’s been an active supporter and community member ever since. The Profound Treasury Book Club is her inspiration, founded on the love for and value she has found in the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in her life.