Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation

with Cathryn Stein Abato

June 6th—December 26th

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    Room: Main Meditation Hall

    Sitting meditation, Reading and Discussion

    Sunday afternoons, 2pm - 4pm

    Kate Abato hosts afternoons of sitting meditation, with a reading from The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma or other dharma book, followed by discussion.

    2:00 - 3:00 pm - sitting and walking meditation
    3:00 - 3:30 pm - reading and discussion
    3:30 - 4:00 pm - sitting and walking meditation

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma is meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. The three-volume collection presents in lively relevant language the comprehensive teaching of the Tibetan Buddhist path. These volumes are compilations of all the talks given at 13 annual three-month intensive training programs for senior students.

    Volume 1, The Path of Individual Liberation, represents the wisdom of hinayana. It introduces core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation and the possiblilty of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence and egolessness. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue and cutting grasping. Topics covered include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, and meditation practice.

    Suggested donation $10/class


    Kate Abato is a long-time practitioner in our community, and a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee since 1976. As a translator, Kate brings a particularly insightful perspective to these teachings.

    Kate Abato presenting a text to HH Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

    Chronicles Radio interview with Kate Abato. In this episode, Julia talks with Kate Stein about meeting Chogyam Trungpa, studying Buddhism, Sanskrit, and Tibetan, working with Trungpa Rinpoche’s ministry of External Affairs, organizing a reception for the Dalai Lama in Washington DC, organizing a congressional luncheon for His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and the Lumbini Project. Also in this interview Kate reads a series of poems by Chogyam Trungpa. Kate was with Rinpoche when these poems where composed, and she worked with him on the translations.


    Kate highly recommends the Profound Treasury Retreat for practitioners interested in going deeper. This is a 9-day Buddhist meditation and study retreat based on the Buddhist teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. They welcome meditators of all ages and traditions to join us in studying and practicing in a contemplative environment on the coast of Maine. In 2021, the program is Sept 17-26. You can find details here