It's not too late to join the course! You can watch a recording of the live sessions you've missed and dive into the stream of this incredible course and teachings.
There is a Pay What You Can option available at registration where you can enter what you can afford for this program.
Discover the power of meditation.
Find more meaning in your life.
Be kinder to yourself and of more benefit to others.
Meditation: The Way of the Buddha - A Six-Week Online Course
Learn or refresh your connection to the practice of meditation as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on archival talks in the summer of 1974 to an audience of new students. Although decades old, these presentations retain the same freshness and dynamism as when they were first brought from Tibet to the West, and are a reminder of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s incomparable mastery at communicating Buddhist teachings to a Western audience. These short talks - from mindfulness practice, to awareness practice, to the realization of emptiness - will be supported by further commentary and facilitated discussions by some of today’s leading teachers of Buddhism in the West, many of whom were actually present during these talks in 1974, including:
Live sessions presenters include:
Pema Chödron, Dale Asrael, Ashley Dinges, June Crow, Lödro Dorje, Gaylon Ferguson, Arawana Hayashi, Marty Janowitz, Larry Mermelstein, and Judith Simmer-Brown.
This course also includes the possibility of connecting in-person (or online) with a local study group in cities and regions where there are multiple registrants.
Two-Hour Online Sessions Sundays at 1pm Eastern Standard Time
Live sessions on Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & Feb 6, 2022
Access to course materials opens on December 26, 2021
The format of most live sessions will include guided meditation instruction, a brief video of Chöogyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching – with further commentary by the presenters, and discussion groups with question and answer periods. The pre-recorded videos that participants can watch “on demand” will expand on participant’s understanding of Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings and life.
January 2 Live Session – Meditation Instruction
With June Crow and Larry Mermelstein
The presentation of meditation practice as it was presented and recommended by the Buddha himself. Chögyam Trungpa Rincpche speaks about how he has personally gained wisdom and clarity from practicing meditation in this way.
January 9 Live Session – Shamatha or Abiding In Peace
With Dale Asrael and Marty Janowitz
An in-depth look at shamatha meditation practice. Topics include the individual nature of the Buddhist journey, the meaning of peace, and the understanding of meditation as a natural act that involves simplicity, precision, and directness.
January 16 Live Session – State of Mind
With June Crow and Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje
Chögyam Trunpa Rinpoche discusses sems, lodro, and rigpa – aspects of intelligence, or the mechanics of mind, as well as the development of ego through the five skandhas.
January 23 Live Session -Mid-Course Interview and Q&A
With Pema Chödron and Ashley Dinges
An interview between Pema Chödron and Ashley Dinges about the practice of mediation, as well as a Q&A session for participants about the course thus far.
January 30 Live Session – Vipashyana or Insight Meditation
With Gaylon Ferguson and Judith Simmer-Brown
How the practice of shamatha meditation naturally leads to the experience of vipashyana, or insight meditation. A discussion of mindfulness and awareness and how vipashyana experience leads to the experiential discovery of egolessness.
February 6 Live Session – The Dawn of Enlightenment
With Arawana Hayashi and Marty Janowitz
All of the talks are experiential. In the last talk, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gives the audience a taste of the desolation and power of shunyata, or emptiness, and how this experience leads to the dawning of Buddha nature and the first glimpse of enlightenment. This session also will include a celebration of the collective accomplishment of practice and study!