Foundations for Freedom - the Hinayana - Course II: The 2nd Noble Truth, the Origins of Suffering (ONLINE)

April 15th—July 8th

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  • $99 Members
  • $125 Non-members

Course II - The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering, Part I - The 5 Skandhas

Recordings by Acharya Dale Asrael and John Rockwell followed by live discussion.
This is the second in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha.

Course II Overview

Having recognized the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? Our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being. In this in-depth exploration of the Five Skandhas, we will touch these layers or constellations of experience one by one, starting from the unconditioned, innate ground of open space, and see how we fabricate our own world of projections.  The focus will be on the fundamental teachings of the five skandhas (aggregates of clinging):  form, feeling, perception, formation/mental arisings/concepts, and consciousness.

The course includes:

  • Recorded talks by Shambhala Senior Teachers
  • Live discussions led by the facilitators, Laura & Steve Simmons
  • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
  • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives


Time:  This class will meet on Thursday evenings every other week beginning April 15, 2021 and ending on July 8, 2021.  A  ZOOM link will be provided following registration.

Books: The optional readings are from these books by Chögyam Trungpa:

Glimpses of Abhidharma

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism 

The Teachers:

Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973, and has continued to practice and teach within his lineage, leading programs and retreats internationally.  She is a Professor at Naropa University, and leads the Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program for people teaching meditation in transitional environments.
John Rockwell has been on the Shambhala and Buddhist path for 40 years, studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His main interests are in opening the heart and senses through meditation and qigong and in bringing awareness to everyday life and the natural world. 

A minimum of four participants is required to avoid cancellation.


Member Price: $99

Non-member: $125