Fear and Courage: Rising to the Challenge of Wakefulness

Practice Teachings of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with Judy Lief

The focus of this retreat will be on the interplay of fear and courage on the three stages of the Tibetan Buddhist path (hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana). Each stage provides us with particular challenges to overcome as well as the skills and insights we need to face those challenges. By dealing with challenges, we become stronger. We learn how to cut through fear and hesitation and engage the world with confidence, wakefulness, and compassion. Topics include:

  • the hinayana no-nonsense path of bravely facing the pain of life, practicing loving kindness, and refraining from harm;
  • the heroic path of the bodhisattva warrior, which joins profound vision with unlimited compassion for all beings; and
  • the vajrayana uncompromising path, in which fear leads to the discovery of sacredness and the possibility of dropping pretensions and hesitations and taking a leap into a profoundly confident and visionary way of being.

In this course, 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

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