The Retreats and Other Programs

The Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation’s mission is to share the living tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings as widely as possible. We offer 9-day retreats based on Trungpa Rinpoche’s text, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma—these are the Profound Treasury Retreats in Maine and Colorado. We also sponsor lectures, seminars, study groups, and other practice and study programs based on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings.

February 7-14, 2020 IN Garrison, New York

The Profound Treasury Winter Meditation Retreat

We are delighted to offer a Winter Retreat at the Garrison Institute in Garrison New York, from February 7th to 14th, 2020. The Profound Treasury winter retreat is an excellent opportunity to deepen your experience with shamatha-vipashyana practice under the guidance of experienced teachers, Jane and Derek Kolleeny.
JUNE 12-21, 2020 IN SACO, MAINE

The Profound Treasury Retreat held annually in Saco, Maine

A unique opportunity to engage in intensive study and practice in a contemplative environment
The Profound Treasury Retreat is a 9-day Buddhist meditation and study retreat based on the Buddhist teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We welcome meditators of all ages and traditions to join us in studying and practicing in a contemplative environment on the coast of Maine.
From 1973 to 1986, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche offered his students a 3-month retreat called Vajradhatu Seminary, and the teachings from these seminaries have been compiled into three volumes known as the The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The Profound Treasury Retreat is modelled on these Vajradhatu Seminaries, using The Profound Treasury texts as the basis for study.

The atmosphere

The spirit of beginner’s mind

The Profound Treasury Retreat is infused with the spirit of beginner’s mind. The intimate atmosphere created when new and senior students practice together as beginners is one of the hallmarks of the Profound Treasury Retreat. This is the ground for participants to cultivate their understanding and experience together—to explore, question, and learn from each other.

The teachers

Judy Lief

The nine-day Profound Treasury retreats in Maine and Colorado are led by Judy Lief, a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher. Judy has been steeped in Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings for more than 45 years, and has edited many of his books including The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma volumes. At ease and down-to-earth, she sets out Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings and explores student’s questions freshly and simply, in a way that illuminates the teachings for new and seasoned practitioners alike.

Electives classes at the retreats, as well as other practice and study programs, lectures, and seminars, are led by senior students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and scholars with support from Judy Lief and the Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation.

All Are Welcome

In this time of challenge and heightened uncertainty, we invite and welcome people who are interested in exploring the path of dharma and the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  We welcome people who are inquisitive and skeptical, and we welcome people who feel shy and tentative. We welcome people with a sense of humor. We welcome those feeling tender and open. You are welcome to come as you are.

Whatever your race or color, you are welcome here. 

Whatever your ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship, you are welcome here.

 Whatever your religious affiliation or political view, you are welcome here.

Whatever your gender identity, you are welcome here.

Whatever your wealth, age, physical challenge, or social standing, you are welcome here.

You are welcome to study and practice with us. 

Dear Profound Treasury Retreat Community,

It’s been a little while!  You all have been on our hearts and minds, and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health. Cancelling last year’s retreats was a painful decision for many of us and brought home how important it is to gather together and support one another.

As the new year begins, and we consider what to do this summer, we are beginning to cheerfully aspire as to what could be in 2021.

If you ask, “What about Maine?  Will we be able to gather to practice and study in-person again?”  Well…yes, sort of… we have been meeting and imagining what a smaller, COVID-safe retreat in Maine would look like in 2021—a retreat that could connect a small gathering in Maine virtually with other local, small, COVID-safe gatherings across the globe as well as connect to you individually from your home.  And although we don’t have it all figured out just yet, we are intending to gather the resources and energy in the coming month in order to enable this vision to happen June 18-27, 2021.  If you are interested in assisting in any way to either lead a local retreat effort in your community, support the IT effort needed, or to support an in-person retreat in Maine, please email

Regarding PTRW Crestone, it’s a bit early to tell. We welcome ideas and input on this. It is uncertain whether the Blazing Mountain venue will be open and available.  In the meantime, we invite you to join us for “Profound Simplicity,” an online video course we are planning to offer this spring.  We will send you more specifics on when that will be available and how to sign up soon!

As always, we appreciate you and your commitment to the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation.

We look forward to supporting and connecting with you all in 2021,

Judy & Jacqueline