Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course IV: The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering

with Acharya Suzann Duquette & Acharya Dan Hessey

November 12th—December 17th

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  • $100.00 Patron price
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Room: Online

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 4: The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering.

This class presents the third noble truth, Freedom from Suffering, and begins with an exploration of the 3rd Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Effort.

 

Contemplating cessation of suffering, we first see the accessibility of the third noble truth as the gap. We are basically good. Realizing this to be true is that simple, and we are glimpsing this all the time. Joined with this is the full profundity of its meaning: The third noble truth signifies complete liberation from the entire cycle of samsaric existence itself – aging, sickness, death, and rebirth. Its full profundity is four-fold: (1) the cessation of all causes of suffering, (2) the peace of freedom from the suffering of the five skandhas themselves, (3) perfection of complete freedom from suffering and total joy, and (4) definite release - there is no going back to samsara from this state.

 

This combination of these two perspectives - the immediacy of the path and the view of profound transcendence - is essential. Without both perspectives, the path can become inaccessible, distant, esoteric or, on the other hand, Buddhism can be seen as existential humanism.

 

  • Class 1: Introduction to the Third Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Effort, with  Acharya Dan Hessey
  • Class 2: Non-struggle, Cessation and the Gap, with  Acharya Suzann Duquette
  • Class 3: The Radical Fullness of the Third Noble Truth as the end of Samsara with  Acharya Suzann Duquette
  • Class 4: Resting in the Gap and Vipashyana, with  Acharya Dan Hessey
  • Class 5: Discussion Groups. Live session TBA.

 

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

 

About the Teachers

Acharya Suzann Duquette has been a student in the Shambhala lineage for 45 years and has served as a teacher since the 1980s. Previously a co-director, she is currently Karmê Chöling'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 Shambhala retreats and Mudra Space Awareness, and Daoist-Qigong in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong.

Acharya Dan 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.

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.

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, Nov 1. 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.

 


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.