Class Electives

Participants in the 2018 retreat will have the opportunity to pursue one of the following four elective courses during their stay. The class format is smaller, usually under 20 people and meet four times during the course of the retreat. Taught by Rinpoche’s senior students, these electives offer the possibility to both broaden your knowledge of buddha dharma or to take a deeper dive into an area familiar to you.

Elective classes provide an opportunity to focus on an area that complements the overall retreat theme of Fear and Courage: Rising to the Challenge of Wakefulness and expands and deepens each students own area of study.

Playfulness & Mindfulness: Improvisation as Contemplative Practice

In these sessions we will draw on exercises from the Dharma Art & Space Awareness teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, as well as from our own collaborative teaching over many years. We will explore the keen awareness of being in present moment, employing all of our sense perceptions in relation to each other and to the environment. Participants will tap into their own curiosity, humor, imagination & confidence through improvisational movement, theatrical expression and mindful attention, we will become artful warriors.

Magic lies in the state of the mind of the artist. This magic is wakeful magic.” Chogyam Trungpa


Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine has been performing and teaching improvisation for over 40 years, beginning as Naropa Institute faculty in 1975 and working in the companies of Barbara Dilley, Meredith Monk, Ping Chong and teaching throughout Europe, India and Nepal. In presenting theater and storytelling, Steve uses sound and movement exercises to help people access memory in surprising and provocative ways leading them to new avenues to tell their stories. He is a longtime student in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions teaching Shambhala Training and Dharma Art.

Lanny Harrison

Lanny Harrison

Lanny Harrison is a performance and visual artist, teacher and poet. She has created many one-woman shows and collaborated with performers, musicians, artists including Steve Clorfeine, the late Collin Walcott, Jerry Granelli, Barbara Bash, and Arawana Hayashi. Lanny has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk’s company, since 1969. In Lanny’s classes, she integrates contemplative disciplines and movement/theatrical improvisation. She teaches a course,”Performing Stories: East Meets West” at NYU’s Gallatin School and an ongoing workshop, “Characters in Motion” at the NY Shambhala Center. Lanny has taught at Naropa University over the years, since 1975. She became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s in 1972 and is a certified Meditation Instructor.

Michelle Laporte

Michelle Laporte

Michelle is a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and other luminous, mainly Tibetan Buddhist teachers. When she is not at the Profound Treasury Retreat she can usually be found in Brooklyn, New York, where she practices illustration, painting conservation, and poetry, and teaches on climate change and resilience at Parsons School of Design.

The Logic of Compassion and Liberation: Contemplating Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara)

For all anxiety and fear,
All sufferings in boundless measure,
Their source and wellspring is the mind itself, 
Thus the Truthful One has said.

                        —   The Way of the Bodhisattva 5:6

 As Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche wrote in the Sadhana of Mahamudra, “I have been fool enough to think that I possess my own projections.” We are enmeshed in these projections, and we don’t see that they arise from our own minds. The logic of our stories, fantasies and opinions blinds us to this reality. Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva confronts this samsaric logic head-on, and challenges it with the logic of selflessness and compassion. In this course, we will explore the liberating logic of The Way of the Bodhisattva through discussions, contemplations and meditation. 


Andrew Carr

Andy Karr

Andy is a writer, photographer, meditator, and Buddhist teacher. He trained with two of the great founding teachers of Western Buddhism: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and the author of Contemplating Reality: an Experiential Guide to Buddhist Philosophy (Shambhala Publications, 2007) and co-author of The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes (Shambhala Publications, 2011).

Tom Weiser

Tom Weiser

Tom Weiser teaches, practices and studies the Alexander Technique, t’ai chi and mindfulness meditation. Weiser says these disciplines help individuals understand their habits and mind and how these habits affect them for better or worse. When someone understands their habitual thoughts and actions, they are better able to make choices that lead to greater ease and less pain. Weiser has been teaching at Naropa University since 2010. Design.

Smile at Fear: Finding a True Heart of Bravery

How can we work with our anxieties and fears in a genuine way, one based on gentleness and non-aggression? What does it mean to smile at fear? Through talks, contemplative exercises, and discussions, we will explore our own doubt and fear, to discover the ground of unconditional confidence and fearlessness. We’ll also discuss strategies for working with anxiety and conflict, as the basis for living a joyful, fully engaged life. The main text will be Smile at Fear: Discovering the True Heart of Bravery.

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine and mindful.org. He became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in 1973. Also a professional writer and editor, he is the editor of and a primary contributor to The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. Barry also worked closely with Congressman Tim Ryan, as developmental editor, on A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution. He is a member of the group who created the Denma translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and co-author of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict; Strategies from the Art of War. Barry serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto; on the advisory board of Peace in Schools, in Portland, Oregon; and is currently chair of the board of the Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation, which sponsors the Profound Treasury Retreat. Barry lives in Nova Scotia.

Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Rose Gimian has been writing, editing, and teaching about meditation and mindfulness for more than thirty-five years. She has extensive experience training meditation instructors and teachers. She teaches seminars on a variety of topics, including meditation and working with fear, several of which she co-taught with Pema Chodren. She is the editor of many books by Chögyam Trungpa, including his Collected Works, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Smile at Fear and most recently Mindfulness in Action. She is the director of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University.

Essential Teachings in Six Stanzas: The Supplication of the Takpo Kagyu

The Supplication to the Takpo Kagyu, in a few short verses, gives essential instructions on the practice of meditation and the path of mahamudra. It is an incredibly inspiring and useful support for students aspiring to deepen their practice and understanding. In this class, we will study and practice according to each of the six stanzas. We will have a chance to engage in practical discussions about meditation practice, the path of dharma, and the challenges of daily life.


Peter Volz

Peter Volz

Peter started to practice and study in the Zen tradition in 1970 in Berkeley, California. He met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973, and attended the Vajradhatu Seminary program in 1976. For many years he served in the Office of External Affairs for Vajradhatu and Shambhala, and worked on the teams that hosted many of the prominent lineage teachers who visited North America at the invitation of the Vidyadhara. Since the early 1980’s, Peter has taught dharma classes and served as a meditation instructor. In 2007, after ten years working with international education at Naropa University, Peter started a mixed vegetable farm in Boulder County, Colorado, where he currently lives and works.

Sally Walker

Sally Walker

Sally first met Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 at the Naropa Summer Institute. She attended the 1984 seminary and worked in the finance office at Karme Chöling from 1982-85. In the Shambhala mandala, she has been a leader in the Dorje Kasung and a teacher and meditation instructor. She is also a student of the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. Between 2012 and 2017, she completed the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton. Sally has been on staff for three Profound Treasury Retreats, including the first one held in Crestone, Colorado in 2017. A native of Mississippi, she has lived in Halifax since December, 1987. Sally is a biologist and an environmental consultant and has managed several non-profit educational organizations.