Hinayana (Class III) The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering - The Wheel of Life, Karma and the Twelve Nidanas (online)

with Loden Nyima & Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 20th—November 8th

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  • $40 Program Price
  • $50 Patron Price
(Fredericton Shambhala is offering this program online on Zoom, with recorded talks and local small group discussions)

Hinayana Course III - The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering - The Wheel of Life, Karma and the Twelve Nidanas

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana

September 20-November 15 with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Gelong Loden Nyima. (Please note: we will take a one-week October 18th for Acharya Moh Hardin's weekend teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which will weave nicely with this year's Hinayana program)
This is the third in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. There are no prerequisites and you do not have to have taken the previous courses to participate.

Course III Overview

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 how our suffering has arisen.  The Buddha provided powerful models for this contemplation through the interrelated teachings of karma and kleśa, 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.

Class 1: Introduction to the Second Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Life, with Loden Nyima and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Class 2: Kunjung of Klesa and Karma, with Loden Nyima and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 3: Wheel of Life and the Six Realms, with Loden Nyima (Pre-recorded)

Class 4: Twelve Nidanas: Cause (1-2) and Result (3-7), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 5: Twelve Nidanas: Present Lifetime (8-10) and Future Lifetime (11-12), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 6: The Long View: Karma and Lifetimes and Cosmology, with Loden Nyima (Pre-recorded)

Class 7: Recorded Q&A with teachers.

Click here to access the reading list for the course.


About the Teachers


Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown has just retired as Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a Founding Faculty member. She is an Acharya in the Shambhala lineage, and was Director of Shambhala’s Ngedon School for Higher Learning for many years. She is the author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies.



Gelong 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.