Explore this recorded Shambhala Online course at your own pace.
This course is part of a five-course-series that provides a thorough exploration of the Hinayana path drawing on teachings from prominent teachers and classic sources. The emphasis is on cultivating maitri or friendliness to oneself, and on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness, gentleness and bravery – allowing us to meet the modern human condition with warriorship and dignity.
The Four Noble Truths are used as the overall organizing principle. Instructions in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness are interwoven and provide a meditative method for embracing the totality of our basically good experience—including pain and suffering.
Course IV – Contemplating the 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.
Suzann Duquette has been a student in the Shambhala lineage for 45 years and has served as a teacher since the 1980s. She was the director, and later on the resident teacher at Karmê Chöling in Vermont. Suzann 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, Mudra Space Awareness, and Daoist-Qigong in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong.
Daniel Hessey has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1973. He has taught meditation, Shambhala Buddhism, and Yijing related programs throughout North America. He is currently residing at Karmê Chöling, Vermont. Dan published two of the four planned volumes of Enlightened Society: A Shambhala Buddhist Reading of the Yijing on Amazon books.