Program Details

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

with Suzann Duquette & Dan Hessey
November 12 / 7:00 PM - December 17 / 9:00 PM

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.

As the first two truths showed us, we need to look deeply at the nature of our suffering; at the dynamic of craving in our lives; and at how greed, hatred, and delusion manifest in us and in our society. If we are willing to do that, we can make the journey from experiencing the world through the confused lens of relentless irritation and aggression, letting go into the peace and clarity of liberation. In this course we will explore this hinayana buddhist expression of realization.

  • 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.



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 .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.

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