The Book Study Group Returns!
Earlier this year, several of us participated in a close study of Chögyam Trungpa’s book on the foundational yana (vehicle) of Buddhism, The Path of Individual Liberation. We completed Part 1, and are now eager to continue with Part 2. This section is entitled “Discipline/Shila,” and includes six chapters grouped under the headings “Taming Neurosis” and “Cultivating Virtue.”
The chapters vary in length between five and ten pages. We’ll examine a chapter each week, making for a six-week study. Everyone reads the week’s chapter twice before we meet to discuss it. Wood facilitates, guiding the discussion and answering questions, but this is not a teaching situation as much as it is a group exploration.
New book study group members will be asked to do a close reading of Part 1 before we start into Part 2. Recordings of our Part 1 meetings are available for review, and will prove useful for gaining a deeper understanding of the material we’ve already read together. Listening to these is not mandatory, but reading Part 1 is, so that we’re all literally on the same page.
You can acquire a new copy of The Path of Individual Liberation from the publisher, Shambhala Publications, for $40. A good used copy can be found at bookfinder.com for roughly half that amount.
The Path of Individual Liberation is the first in a three-volume set, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The set covers Trungpa Rinpoche’s presentation of the three main Buddhist traditions: foundational, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The material we’re working with might be considered Theravadin in nature, since the foundational yana is largely associated with that tradition. Chögyam Trungpa’s presentation, however, is very much flavored by his own Vajrayana understanding, making for a particularly vivid approach to these timeless teachings.
We begin each meeting with half an hour of meditation, then go right into our discussion. Most meetings last for approximately an hour and a half. Everyone is welcome. You are warmly invited to join us as we continue delving into this rich and illuminating volume.
What: Book study group,
The Path of Individual Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa
When: Thursday evenings June 24–July 29, 2021, 6pm
Where: Zoom (link will be provided to registrants)
Cost: Suggested donation $50 (scholarship support available)
To register let Dharma works know your interested through the contact page.