The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents Chögyam 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.
The first volume, The Path of Individual Liberation,
represents the wisdom of the hinayana. It examines the nature of
suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal
development through meditative discipline and study.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 second volume, The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, presents
the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. Mahayana practitioners
dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to
save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect
liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom
through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all
phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and
profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to
arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and
awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or "mind training," based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or "transcendent virtues": generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or "knowledge."
The third volume, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, presents
the vajrayana teachings of the tantric path. The vajrayana, or "diamond
vehicle," also referred to as tantra, draws upon and extends the
teachings of the hinayana and mahayana. There is an emphasis at this stage on the student-teacher relationship and on the quality of devotion.
Generally, students must complete perliminary preactices, called ngöndro,
to prepare themselves for initiation into the vajrayana path before
going further. The vajrayana includes both form practices, such as
visualizations and sadhanas (ritual liturgies), and formless practices.
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Three volume set