The Hinayana - The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering

January 12th—February 9th

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Welcome to Course 4 in the series Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana

The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering

This course presents the Third Noble Truth, The Truth of Cessation of suffering, beginning with an exploration of the third Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Effort. How do we find relief?  How do we realize the cessation of suffering now?

Trungpa Rinpoche emphasizes the experience of cessation as it arises in meditation and life, rather than as an imagined goal to be achieved in the future. We will explore the experience of cessation as “the gap” in shamatha practice, especially with regard to Mindfulness of Effort; how we recognize the contrast between samsara and nirvana; and how vipashyana awareness allows us to extend and rest in the gap. Finally, we will look at the ways the Truth of Cessation manifests at different levels of practice and the path.

This class is hosted in Zoom by the Shambhala Center of Lexington. You do not have to have taken Courses 1-3 to take this course. To register, please click the button below the teacher images. For questions, email Lucia Gilchrist at [email protected]. After registering, you should receive an email with the program link. 

About the teachers

Suzann Duquette

Acharya Suzann Duquette has been a student in the Shambhala lineage for 45 years and has served as teacher since the 1980s. Former co-director of Karmê Chöling, she is currently the center’s Resident Acharya. She is also Rupa Acharya, responsible for Shambhala’s liturgical forms, which includes the training of umdzes and chöpöns through the Shambhala Ritual Academy. Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in deepening spiritual awakening and emphasizes body disciplines in her retreats and programs. She teaches widely, including Mudra Space Awareness and Daoist-Qigong.


Dan Hessey

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of the Sakyongs since 1973. He has taught meditation, Shambhala Buddhism, and Yijing related programs throughout North America. He is currently residing at Karmê Chöling with his daughter who recently graduated from Whittier College. This year, he published two of the four planned volumes of Enlightened Society: A Shambhala Buddhist Reading of the Yijing on Amazon books.