Online Acharya Talks: Foundations for Freedom - Course 1

April 20th—May 31st

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  • $20 Program Price
  • $30 Patron Price

In the spirit of “returning to square one”–a favorite expression of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, a group of Acharyas were inspired to offer to the community an in-depth study of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana.

This year-long program will provide a thorough and extensive exploration of the Hinayana path drawing on teachings from the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, other prominent teachers and classic sources. 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.

As the Vidyadhara said: “Never forget the Hinayana!”



Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana is divided into five courses. Each course will be co-taught by two teachers, and will include both live and pre-recorded talks. Each course begins with a live talk by both teachers, then there are 4 or 5 pre-recorded talks, and each course ends with a live Q&A with both teachers.

The entire course runs from April 19, 2020 through February 2021 and is broken into 5 courses.

***Course 1/ Spring 2020 (Starts Sunday, April 19 with a live talk on Zoom)
First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri 
Teachers: Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull 

*** Once you register for the course, we will then send you the Zoom link.

Course 2 / Summer 2020 (Starts Sunday, June 14)
2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandhas
Teachers: Acharya Dale Asrael and Acharya John Rockwell

Course 3 / Fall  2020 (Starts Sunday, Sept 6)
2nd Noble Truth — The Origins of Suffering, Part II: Wheel of Life, Karma & 12 Nidanas 
Teachers: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Shastri Loden Nyima

Course 4 / Winter  2020 (Starts Sunday, Nov 8)
3rd Noble Truth — Freedom from Suffering
Teachers: Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Dan Hessey

Course 5 / Winter  2021 (Starts Sunday, Jan 10)
4th Noble Truth –The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna
Teachers: Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel


Study group: For those who would like to do the readings associated with the course and discuss them in more depth, there will be a study group on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7 - 8:30 p.m., beginning April 20th. Please email for the reading list.