Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana

In the spirit of  “returning to square one”–a favorite expression of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, a group of Acharyas were inspired to offer to the community an in-depth study of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana.

This year-long program will provide a thorough and extensive exploration of the Hinayana path drawing on teachings from the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, other prominent teachers and classic sources. The emphasis will be on cultivating maitri or friendliness to oneself, and on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness, gentleness and bravery–allowing us to meet the modern human condition with warriorship and dignity.

The Four Noble Truths are used as the overall organizing principle, with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness interwoven to provide a meditative method for embracing the totality of our basically good experience—including pain and suffering—as our practice and working basis.

As the Vidyadhara said: “Never forget the Hinayana!”


FORMAT:

Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana is divided into five courses. Each course will be co-taught by two teachers, and will include both live and pre-recorded talks. The live events will always be recorded and posted in the course, so you can also view them at your convenience. Each course begins with a live talk given by both teachers, then there are 4 or 5 pre-recorded talks, and each course ends with a live Q&A with both teachers.

The entire course runs from April 19, 2020 through February 2021.
Please click here to access a document with all the details (including all dates).

 

TIMELINE:

Free Introductory Talks:
“Framing the Journey”
Teachers: Acharyas Simmer-Brown, Acharya Hessey and Shastri Loden Nyima 

These introductory talks will present an overview of the course and lay out the entire journey. Feel free to use them as promotional material to encourage your center’s members and friends to register for the course.

Here is one of them! 


To view all four, please click here

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Course I / Spring 2020

The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri 
Teachers: Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull 

This course offers an exploration of the nature of suffering from the perspective of the Four Marks of Existence–Impermanence, Suffering, Selflessness and Peace–and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness).  The acharyas will also guide students in the exploration and practice of Mindfulness of Body, the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. 


The suffering of samsaric existence is the blameless first noble truth. Such suffering is changing and impermanent, and arises from infinite causes and conditions. It feels intensely personal (mine), and, in fact, is one of the bases we use to craft our identity (me and my problems), which is called “mistaking what has no self for a self”. This desynchronized state generates constant underlying fear and anxiety. When we recognize the reality of our existence as it truly is (impermanent, suffering, not mine, and without self-entity), we can experience the peace of nirvana.
For more information and to register, see this link.

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Course 2 / Summer 2020

2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandhas
Teachers: Acharya Dale Asrael and John Rockwell 


Course 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?  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.

For more information and to register, see this link.

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Course 3 / Fall 2020

2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part II: Wheel of Life, Karma & 12 Nidanas 
Teachers: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Loden Nyima

Course Overview

The foundational teachings of the Buddha indicate that the suffering we experience in our lives can come to cessation if we recognize, deeply and profoundly, how that suffering has arisen.  This requires gentle bravery and deep contemplation, bypassing simplistic notions of how our suffering has arisen.  

For more information and to register, see this link.

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Course 4 / Winter 2020

3rd Noble Truth — Freedom from Suffering
Teachers: Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Daniel Hessey

November 8 – December 13
(Starts Sunday, Nov 8 with a live talk on Zoom)

Course Overview
Contemplating cessation of suffering, we first see the accessibility of the third noble truth as the gap. We are basically good. Realizing this to be true is that simple, and we are glimpsing this all the time.

For more information and to register, see this link.

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Course 5 / Winter  2021


4th Noble Truth –The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna
Teachers: Acharya Marianne Bots and Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 10 to February 21, 2021
(Starts Sunday, January 10 with a live talk on Zoom)

Course Overview:
We have been studying the Buddha’s first teaching: The Four Noble Truths.  After teaching that suffering is pervasive to all experience, that there is a cause to that suffering and that cessation is possible, he then taught a way forward, which we call ”The Path.”  In fact, everything he taught and all of our experience as practitioners comprise “The Path.”  In this course, we will examine Path from multiple perspectives of what has been taught and what is experienced by we individuals walking this path. 


Please click here to access a document with all the details (including all dates).

For more info and to register, please click here!


PRICES/ PACKAGE DEAL

You can register for the whole year at a discount or register for each of the five sections individually. 


Individuals
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One course at a time→ $149 for each course
Five-course package discount→ $399 (Save $346)  

Centers
One course at a time→$399 for each course
Five-course package discount→ $999 (Save $996) 

Groups:  
One course at a time→$299 for each course
Five-course package discount→ $799 (Save $696)

 


To register for the complete Foundation for Freedom: The Hinayana–five-course package, please click here

To register for the first course, First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri, please click here.

To register for the second course, Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering (Part 1)-The Five Skandhas, please click here.

To register for the third course, Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering (Part II)-The Wheel of Life, Karma, and the 12 Nidhanas, please click here.

To register for the fourth course, Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering, please click here.

To register for the fifth course, The Fourth Noble Truth: The Path of Shila, Samadhi and Prajna, please click here.