The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering (ONLINE)

February 10th—April 7th

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  • $99 Early Bird Members
  • $125 Early Bird Non-members
  • $119 Members
  • $145 Non-members

We are now moving to the fourth course in the series Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. 

This course presents the Third Noble Truth, Freedom from Suffering, and begins with an exploration of the third Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Effort.

The Buddha said that… suffering should be known; the origin of suffering should be renounced;the cessation of suffering should be realized; and the path should be regarded as the truth to resolution.
– Chögyam Trungpa

How do we find relief? This module explores the third noble truth, The Truth of Cessation. How do we realize the cessation of suffering now?

Trungpa Rinpoche emphasizes the experience of cessation as it arises in meditation and life, rather than as an imagined goal to be achieved in the future. We will explore the experience of cessation as “the gap” in shamatha practice, especially with regard to Mindfulness of Effort; how we recognize the contrast between samsara and nirvana; and how vipashyana awareness allows us to extend and rest in the gap. Finally, we will look at the ways the Truth of Cessation manifests at different levels of practice and the path.

The core readings are drawn from The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation (Vol I) by Chögyam Trungpa, with selected optional readings from Mindfulness in Action by Chögyam Trungpa.

The course includes:

    • Recorded talks by Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Dan Hesse followed by a live discussion facilitated by Steve and Laura Simmons
    • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
    • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
    • A suggested practice schedule. 


This course will be held online. The zoom link will be sent to registrants close to the first day of class.

Register early to save!  Early bird pricing ends on January 27th.   Registration closes on February 3rd.  A minimum of four participants is needed to avoid cancellation.

Acharya Daniel 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.

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.