Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course I (Online)

with Susan Chapman & Acharya Fleet Maull

April 28th—June 2nd

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  • $100 Regular Price
  • $125 Patron Price
  • $400/$500 Hinayana Combined 20% Discount
Room: Online

The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri

This is the first in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull will guide an exploration of the nature of suffering from the perspective of the Four Marks of Existence--Impermanence (anicca), Suffering (dukkha), Selflessness (anatta) and Nirvana/Peace (nibbana)--and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness).  They will also guide students in the exploration and practice of Mindfulness of Body, the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
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.
Shastri Denise Wuensch and Shastri Dhi Good will lead our local online practice and study community. All recorded sessions will also be provided to participants for future viewing.
Course access, a detailed schedule and suggested readings will be provided when you complete your registration. If you registered through Shambhala Online and also want to participate in the Denver discussion, please email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.
There are no prerequisites. This program is open to all!
SPECIAL OFFER: We are offering a 20% discount on the combined program prices for those who wish to commit to taking the entire Hinayana series (more details below). The total cost is $400 for the Regular Price. If you wish to sign up for this combined price, please sign up here for Course I (the first in the series). Use the pricing option "$400/$500 Hinayana Combined 20% Discount" and enter the amount of $400. Or if you wish to offer the Patron combined price, please enter $500. You can then choose to proceed to PayPal or contact the SMCD Treasurer regarding payment options or to set up a payment plan. If you choose the combined program price, you do not need to sign up for the rest of the series - we will register you for them manually.
Please click here to access a document with all the details about each course in the 5-part Hinayana series.
To participate in an individual course(s), registration will be available as soon as we determine local program dates.
Summer 2020: 2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandhas
Teachers: Acharya Dale Asrael and Acharya John Rockwell
Fall 2020: 2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part II: Wheel of Life, Karma & 12 Nidanas 
Teachers: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Shastri Loden Nyima
Winter 2020: 3rd Noble Truth — Freedom from Suffering
Teachers: Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Dan Hessey
Winter 2021: 4th Noble Truth –The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna
Teachers: Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel

After thirty years of being a practicing Buddhist, I realized that the most valuable aspect of the path is the Hinayana. Without truly leaning into the nature of suffering and how we create it in our own existence, the other yanas become merely intellectual exercises. I come back repeatedly to the Hinayana teachings because they form the basis for all the insights of the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings. Our ability to become helpful to others rises from our ability to thoroughly and completely understand the brilliance of the Hinayana. A course designed to help us understand the Buddha’s first teachings is invaluable.       —  Dave Garton

Ah, the Hinayana Teachings, what a gift to me, a practitioner of both the teachings of Buddhism and of Shambhala! I spent a month at Shambhala Mountain Center last summer studying them, reading “The Path of Individual Liberation” by the Vidyadhara with many of the teachers who will be teaching you. It filled so many gaps in my knowledge and “turned confusion into wisdom” and “hate into love”... for the benefit of all (those around me). It will do the same and more for you, I am sure.     —  Jackie Larner

SMCD Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and contact us to discuss a partial scholarship or payment plan.

To arrange for this, please contact us in advance of this Program at [email protected].

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “Patron Price.” Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.