Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course II: The Second Noble Truth

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Teachers : Acharya Dale Asrael & John Rockwell
Price per person: $149
Patron Price: $199
Price for Centers: $399
Price for Groups: $299

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana

Course II - The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering, Part I - The 5 Skandhas

June 14 - August 23 with Acharya Dale Asrael and Acharya John Rockwell
This is the second in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. You will find an overview of the complete five-part series here. (NOTE: Registration for the five-part series offers a substantial "package" discount. See Registration Options below.)


Course II Overview

Having recognized the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? Our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being. In this in-depth exploration of the Five Skandhas, we will touch these layers or constellations of experience one by one, starting from the unconditioned, innate ground of open space, and see how we fabricate our own world of projections.

Class 1 (live session on June 14): Introduction to the second noble truth and how it relates to the five skandhas will meet at the following times:

10:00am Pacific / 11:00am Mountain / 12:00pm Central / 1:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Atlantic / 18:00 UK / 19:00 Central Europe  

Class 2Shandha of Form - Pre-recorded, with Acharya Rockwell

Class 3: Skandha of Feeling - Pre-recorded, with Acharya Asrael

Class 4: Skandha of Perception - Pre-recorded, with Acharya Rockwell

Class 5: Skandha of Conceptual Formations - Pre-recorded, with Acharya Asrael

Class 6: Skandha of Consciousness - Pre-recorded, with Acharya Rockwell

Class 7: (Live session on August 23) Discussion on Zoom with both teachers

NOTE: Live sessions will be recorded and available within the course.

There will be suggested readings from the following books:

Chögyam Trungpa, Glimpses of Abhidharma (GOA)

Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (CTSM)

Click here to access the reading list for the course.


About the Teachers for Course II


Acharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973, and has continued to practice and teach within his lineage, leading programs and retreats internationally. She is a Professor at Naropa University, and leads the Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program for people teaching meditation in transitional environments.  




Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been on the Shambhala and Buddhist path for 40 years, studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His main interests are in opening the heart and senses through meditation and qigong and in bringing awareness to everyday life and the natural world. 



Registration Options (Register at the bottom of this page for Course II only)

Individuals: $149.

Five-course package discount→ $399 (Save $346!) Register here.


Patrons: $199.

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Centers: $399.

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Groups: $299.

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