The Mandala Principle: Transforming Confusion Into Wisdom

Practice Teachings of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with Judy Lief

Mandalas portray the kinds of interconnected patterns that make up our experience of the world. They provide detailed maps of the mental and emotional patterns that entrap us and show us ways to transform that confusion into wisdom. The sections we will study from Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma provide insights about such mental-emotional traps, along with methods for working with them.

Topics include an introduction to the basic structure and components of a mandala; the mandala of ego and its world; the mandala of awakening or enlightened energies; and the relationship between the two. We will look at the emotions and the ways in which these powerful energies are worked with in the three vehicles of the path. Our focus throughout will be on how to apply mandala teachings in practice and in everyday life.

In studying the Mandala Principle, we will draw from all three volumes of The Profound Treasury, which cover the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Profound Treasury is based on thirteen years of lectures given by the Vidyadhara at the Vajradhatu Seminaries, advanced programs for his senior students. Judith Lief, a close student of the Vidyadhara, is a Buddhist teacher and the editor of The Profound Treasury.

Vajradhara Thankga by Greg Smith


Elective classes provide an opportunity to focus on an area that complements the overall retreat theme of the Mandala Principle and expands and deepens each students own area of study. These classes are taught by senior students of Chogyam Trungpa.

Dharma Art
The Four Reminders
Engaged Buddhism

Judy Lief

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 continues to teach throughout the world. Ms. Lief was a close student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.

Ms. Lief is an author and editor of numerous books on Buddhist meditation and psychology including Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. Her articles have appeared in The Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, O Magazine, Buddhadharma, and The Naropa Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy.

The love and wisdom that were put into creating this beautiful retreat container was so tangible and felt magnificent.Volker S
This retreat is the best combo of study, practice and companionship – and Judy Lief is simply awesomeStephanie T
This is much more than a great program: it is about Legacy, the continuation of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa’s transmission to a new generation and into the future.Gina S
I appreciated that we began in silence for two days, to calm the mind and allow us to greet and get to know each other on a more than surface level. I was grateful for the short talks throughout the retreat on the meaning of the chants and rituals. Judy’ s teaching talks are…peerless. I don’ t know how else to say it. Her lived experience of the path is palpable. Soothing to my soul.Christopher B