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Fear is an obstacle when you do not give in to it; but after you have given in, fear becomes kindling, an encouragement, and a pilot light.” —Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

To find courage in the face of fear is a challenge we face throughout life. In this class we will explore our relationship to fear in our daily lives and the role of fear and courage on the spiritual path.

As background for each class, a week prior to the class, we will release an audio recording and a transcript of one of Judy Lief’s talks from the 2018 Profound Treasury Retreat. These talks on the role of fear and the cultivation of courage in the three stages of the Tibetan Buddhist Path are based on Chogyam Trungpa’s three-volume work: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. You can see the suggested readings here.

Each class will include:

  • a guided meditation session,
  • opening remarks by Judy or Carolyn,
  • and group dialogue and/or discussion groups.

Background: The 2018 Profound Treasury Retreat in Saco, Maine, was the sixth in a series of annual nine-day retreats. Profound Treasury retreats provide an opportunity for group meditation practice and dharma study within a friendly and supportive community. The main course, taught by Judy Lief, is based on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and in particular his three-volume survey of the Tibetan Buddhist path: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.

Judith Lief and Carolyn Gimian are direct students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Judy is a senior Buddhist teacher and the editor of The Profound Treasury volumes. Carolyn is the editor of the Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa and is the Director of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University.

About the Instructors

Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher who trained under the Tibetan meditation master, Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years, and she continues to teach throughout the world. Judy is known for offering insights and practices stemming from the Buddhist tradition as a support for ordinary people facing the difficulties and challenges of modern life. Judy leads retreats and workshops as well as presenting online teachings. In her teaching, Judy prefers questions to answers, humor to earnestness, delight to solemnity. Judy teaches with clarity and empathy, with deep respect for the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings and the power of Buddhist practice. She especially enjoys sharing insights drawn from her Buddhist training with people simply looking for a way to develop more mindfulness and kindness in their lives. Judy’s teaching is marked by gentleness, humility, and an occasional poke of insight.