Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course III: The Second Noble Truth: Part II: Wheel of Life, Karma & 12 Nidanas

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown & Loden Nyima

September 10th—October 15th

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  • $80.00 Standard price
  • $100.00 Patron price
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Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana

This year-long series of courses, open to all, provides an in-depth exploration of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana through the lens of the Shambhala terma teachings. 

The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center, in collaboration with Shambhala Online, is offering a local adaptation of this program that includes local discussions facilitated by Austin senior teachers. The year-long series will be offered as an online program that is open to people of any spiritual persuasion. It consists of five discrete, sequenced courses.  (please note that the link to the five courses shows the course content, but THE DATES DIFFER FROM THE AUSTIN PROGRAM).

Anyone can join in at any point in the series - no prerequisites!

COURSE 3: The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering - Part 2: The Wheel of Life, Karma and the 12 Nidanas    

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
  • Class 3: Wheel of Life and the Six Realms, with Loden Nyima
  • Class 4: Twelve Nidanas: Cause (1-2) and Result (3-7), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
  • Class 5: Twelve Nidanas: Present Lifetime (8-10) and Future Lifetime (11-12), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
  • Class 6: The Long View: Karma and Lifetimes and Cosmology, with Loden Nyima
  • Class 7: Discussion Groups. Live session Sunday October 25.

 

NOTE: Live sessions will be recorded and available within the course.

 

Format

Participants will join the class from their home, using the Zoom platform. We will watch the teachings together, and follow this with group discussion facilitated by our local Austin teachers. Optional readings will also be provided during the week preceding each class.

Connection Information

We will meet online using Zoom. If you have never done this before, please try it out in advance.

The meeting URL and password will be sent automatically when you complete your registration by paying online.

Note: Participants who would like the option to view missed classes or to look at classes again on their own time can do so by paying an additional $29.80 per course to Shambhala Online. The only way to access this offer is to first pay ASMC for the local class, and then request a discount code from Colleen Roundhill, which Shambhala Online will honor when you then sign up for their online version of the class.

All participants must register and pay online prior to the date of the first class, Sept. 10. Please make sure the email address you register with is correct to receive the Zoom connection details.

To assure that nobody misses a program due to costs, generosity pricing is always available. Please contact Colleen Roundhill for payment options.

 

About the Teachers for Course III

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.

 


NOTE: When you register, please also pay online. Our site does not have a way for you to pay later for a prior registration. If you do register without paying, please contact the event coordinator to make arrangements.