About the 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 by some of today’s leading teachers of Buddhism in the West, many of whom were actually present during these talks in 1974, including: Pema Chödrön, Dale Asrael, June Crow, Ashley Dinges, Lodrö Dorje, Gaylon Ferguson, Arawana Hayashi, Marty Janowitz, Larry Mermelstein, and Judith Simmer-Brown.
Session 1 – Meditation Instruction
With June Crow and Larry Mermelstein
The presentation of meditation practice as it was taught and recommended by the Buddha himself. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche speaks about how he has personally gained wisdom and clarity from practicing meditation in this way.
Session 2 – Shamatha or Abiding In Peace
With Dale Asrael and Marty Janowitz
An in-depth look at the practice of shamatha or “peaceful abiding”. Topics include the individual nature of the meditation journey, the meaning of peace, and the understanding of meditation as a natural act that involves simplicity, precision, and directness.
Session 3 – State of Mind
With June Crow and Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje
Chögyam Trunpa Rinpoche discusses aspects of intelligence, the mechanics of one’s mind, as well as the development of fixed ideas of a solid self through the five skandhas.
With Pema Chödron and Ashley Dinges
An interview between Pema Chödron and Ashley Dinges about the practice of meditation.
Session 5 – Vipashyana or Insight Meditation
With Gaylon Ferguson and Judith Simmer-Brown
How the practice of shamatha meditation, or peaceful abiding, naturally leads to the experience of vipashyana, or insight meditation. A discussion of mindfulness and awareness and how vipashyana experience leads to the discovery of egolessness.
Session 6 – 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.