Hinayana Course 3 on Zoom

September 6th—October 20th

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  • $60 Program Price
  • $75 Patron Price
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Room: Online

Welcome to Foundations for Freedom- Course 3

Second Noble Truth—The Origin of Suffering, Part II:
Wheel of Life, Karma, and the Twelve Nidānas

Class 1 Live Talk - Sunday, September 6, 2020 (time to be announced)
Tuesdays, September 15 – October 20, 2020, 7-9 p.m. (depending on length of talks)
All classes are held on Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting room will be sent upon registration.

Patron – $75 Helps to provide participant financial support
Regular - $60
Affordable donation – pay an amount that is affordable

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 what causes our suffering and how it arises.

The Buddha provided powerful models for this contemplation through the interrelated teachings of karma and klesha, or destructive emotions, as exemplified in the Wheel of Life.  Drawing from the contemporary insights of our Shambhala Buddhist lineage, we will tread the ancient path of the Buddha.

The course begins with a live talk with both Acharya Simmer-Brown and Shastri Loden Nyima and ends with live online discussion groups with the teachers.


Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she has taught since 1978.  A Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000.  Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.  She and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Shastri Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center and spends a portion of each year in retreat.

For further information about this course, contact Lucia Gilchrist by email, [email protected], or text, 859-338-8519