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

with Acharya Maria Bots & Acharya Eric Spiegel

March 2nd—April 6th

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

4th Noble Truth –The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna

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. 

Denise Wuensch and Dhi Good will lead our local online practice and study community.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Open to all!
Course access will be provided when you complete your registration.


Introduction to the Fourth Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Mind with Acharya Marianne Bots and Acharya Eric Spiegel

Shila: Precepts and the discipline of a dharmic life, with Acharya Eric Spiegel

Samadhi and PrajnaHearing, Contemplating and Meditating with Acharya Marianne Bots

Taking RefugeThe Three Jewels -  How we enter the stream of the Buddha's teachings with Acharya Eric Spiegel

Being Buddhist: The path of the three yanas and the four dignitites with Acharya Marianne Bots

Final Discussion Session with Acharya Marianne Bots and Acharya Eric Speigel

Suggested Readings: See this link.

About the Teachers

Acharya Marianne Bots has been a student in the Shambhala lineage since 1976, studying with the venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was appointed as acharya in 2012. She lives in the Netherlands and teaches throughout Europe.

As a psychotherapist, she worked for more than 30 years in a psychiatric clinic for young adolescents. She now works in her private practice with individuals and couples. Basic sanity, the wisdom of the body, and mindful communication are the main foundations in her work.


Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid-1970s.  Beginning with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, Eric has worked extensively with illness and death, helping people realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence.  He has also had a decades-long career in finance.



HINAYANA SERIES (5 courses): If you already registered for the combined program price, you do not need to sign up for Course V - we will register you manually. Please click here to access a document with all the details about each course in the 5-part Hinayana series.

SPECIAL OFFER STILL AVAILABLE: We are offering a 20% discount on the combined program prices for those who wish to commit to taking the entire Hinayana series. The total cost is $400 for the Regular Price or $500 Patron. If you now wish to purchase the 5-course series, please sign up here for Course V. The course payments to date will be credited toward the series price. 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. Enter the registration comment "change to full series." Do not proceed to Paypal; instead, please contact the SMCD Treasurer regarding your balance due, payment options or to set up a payment plan.

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