A YEAR of HINAYANA, COURSE I - offered on Zoom

May 19th—June 23rd

Date details +
  • $40.00 Program Price
  • $60.00 Patron Price
  • Or pay what is affordable..
Room: Online

COURSE I - The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri

In this first course of the Year of Hinayana Study program, entitled The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri, 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 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). 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.

This course will be offered via Zoom link to begin. If our Center opens during that time, we will switch to holding it on-site. When you have registered for the program, the Zoom link will be emailed to you (when the Zoom room is created.)

Program Dates: Tuesday Evenings, May 19-June 23, 7 to 9 p.m. (depending on talk length)
Program Fees:

  • $60 Patron - Assists in providing financial support to program participants
  • $40 - Covers the program cost to the Center
  • Pay what is affordable - All are invited to participate. Pay what is affordable. The program may also be attended free of charge

Mini Introductory Talks for Foundations for Freedom - Shambhala Online

Please enjoy these brief video presentations. They offer a wonderful overview of the Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana year-long course.   Acharya Dan Hessey

Click here to listen to introductory talks by course instructors that provide a wonderful overview of the course. https://shambhalaonline.org/mini-introductory-talks/

About the teachers for Course 1:

Susan Chapman

Acharya Susan Chapman joined Shambhala in 1974. In addition to practicing and studying the dharma, she received an MA degree in Contemplative Psychology at Naropa in 1983. She moved from Boulder to Juneau in 1988, where she started the Shambhala Centre there. Later, with her husband Jerry, she spent nine years at Gampo Abbey, completing the three year retreat and spending six years as the druppon, or leader, for the three year retreat program. She now lives in the Vancouver, BC, area and teaches extensively as an acharya and as faculty for Karuna Training. She is the author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication.

Fleet Maull

Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD has been a Shambhala practitioner for more than 40 years and was named an acharya in 2009. He leads Shambhala programs and retreats throughout North America, Europe and Latin America. Fleet is also a Roshi (senior lineage teacher) in the Zen Peacemaker and Soto Zen lineages. He is a consultant, executive coach, an internationally renowned social activist and founder of numerous engaged organizations including Prison Mindfulness Institute, Engaged Mindfulness Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety and the National Prison Hospice Association. He is the author of Dharma in Hell, The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good.