The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Book Tour Celebrates Teachings of Naropa University Founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

BOULDER, Colo. (March 27, 2013)--As part of the book tour commemorating the publication of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, and to mark the 26th anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's death, Naropa University and the Boulder Shambhala Center will host a series of events on April 4-6, 2013, including readings of the collection, a dinner, and culminating with a panel discussion on April 6, co-sponsored by Naropa University and the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project.

The panel discussion, "Saints, Scholars, and Dharma Bums: The Legacy of Chögyam Trungpa in the West," will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Naropa's Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. The panel will feature The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharmaeditor Acharya Judy Lief, Naropa president Charles G. Lief, Naropa Religious Studies professor Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, founder of Shambhala Publications Acharya Sam Bercholz, and "Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche" filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas.

Readings of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharmawill take place on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the main shrine room of the Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce Street, Boulder. Readings will also take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Naropa's Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. All reading sessions are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Boulder Shambhala Center will also host a dinner, the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast, at Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce Street, Boulder. During the feast, Acharya Judy Lief will read an excerpt of one of the volumes, as a way to remember the timeless, eloquent, and penetrating teachings of the Vidyadhara on the anniversary of his Parinirvana (death of an enlightened being). Tickets to the dinner cost $15. For more information or to register, please visit www.boulder.shambhala.org or contact info@boulder.shambhala.org, or 303-444-1090 x 100.

For thirteen years, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche spent three months of each year presenting Buddhist teachings to a group of his senior students. These retreats were known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, and each year transcripts of these teachings were edited and published, only available to authorized students. In the mid-1970s, chief editor Judy Lief began the extensive work of compiling all these teachings. Now, forty years after the first Vajradhatu Seminary took place, Acharya Lief has completed this monumental work. Published in three volumes and totaling more than 2,000 pages, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharmapresents a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, and presents Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings on the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana in a way that joins the traditional concepts with contemplative understanding.

Acharya Judy Lief is the editor of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, and has been a teacher for more than 30 years in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. A close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Lief worked with Trungpa as executive editor of Vajradhatu Publications, and from 1980-1985 as the dean of Naropa University. Lief also authored Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality (Shambhala, 2001), and has been presenting classes and workshops on a contemplative approach to death and dying, as well as the teachings of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, since 1976.

Charles G. Lief, president of Naropa University, studied and worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He was an original member of the Nalanda Foundation board of directors, Naropa University's nonprofit home for its first decade, remaining a member of the university's board of trustees until becoming university president in 2012. As president of Naropa University, Lief aims to amplify, honor, and celebrate the founding vision of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University since 1977, specializes in Tibetan and American Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Simmer-Brown worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during her early years of teaching at Naropa, and inspired by the Vidyadhara's teachings on "feminine principle," authored Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala, 2001).

Acharya Sam Bercholz is the founder of Shambhala Publications, and a senior teacher in the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Shambhala lineages, having taught dharma extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australasia for the past forty years. He was trained and empowered to teach by the great Tibetan Buddhist masters, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

Johanna Demetrakas, filmmaker, first met and began studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971 in Los Angeles. She especially connected to dharma art, and spent time with Trungpa Rinpoche experimenting with film, subject matter, and composition. In the 1980s, she began teaching Shambhala programs extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico. Alive Mind, a division of Kino Lorber Films, is distributing her latest feature documentary, Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Angela Madura at amadura@naropa.edu or 303-245-4751 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.

For more information about events celebrating the publication of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, please visit www.profoundtreasury.com.

The mission of The Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project is to preserve the teachings of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to foster wisdom and compassion. For more information, please visit www.chogyamtrungpa.com.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.

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