Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Core Teachings of the Buddha

May 5th—June 7th

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  • $40 Program Price
  • $45 Patron Price

We are pleased to present Foundations of Freedom: The Hinayana - Core Teachings of the Buddha. This is the first five-week module of a year-long program of Hinayana teachings.

The program is presented online via Shamhala Online. Each week, Fredericton Shambhala will provide two options for view the program material (same presentation): Tuesday evenings and again on Sunday evenings, beginning May 5th. You may join either session on any given week, your choice. 

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 Buddha's 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!”

As we have a sponsor for the program, we are pleased to present this program at a reduced program price of just $40.00 for the five-week module beginning May 5th.

April 19 - May 31 with Acharya Susan Chapman
and Acharya Fleet Maull
This is the first in a year-long series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha.
In this first course, 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), which is called “mistaking what has no self for a self”. This desynchronized state generates constant underlying fear and anxiety. 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.

Course I Overview

Class 1 : Introduction to the First Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Body

Class 2: The Four Marks of Existence: Impermanence (annica) - Pre-recorded

Class 3: The Four Marks of Existence: Suffering (dukkha) - Pre-recorded

Class 4: The Four Marks of Existence: Egolessness (anata) - Pre-recorded

Class 5: The Four Marks of Existence: Peace (nibana) Pre-recorded

Class 6: Discussion Q&A on Zoom with both teachers


Suggested readings will use the following texts: (Those marked with an asterisk would be most useful to acquire.)

* The Path of Individual Liberation (The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One), by Chögyam Trungpa

* Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa

The Heart of the Buddha, by Chögyam Trungpa

The Myth of Freedom, by Chögyam Trungpa

Ruling Your World, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche



Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana is divided into five courses. Each course will be co-taught by two teachers, and will include pre-recorded talks. Each course begins with a talk by both teachers. In module 1, there are 4 pre-recorded talks, and a recorded Q&A with both teachers. Most evenings, we will conclude with a local discussion.