Program Details

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

with Suzann Duquette & Dan Hessey
December 8 / 6:30 PM - January 5 / 8:30 PM

The Third Noble Truth: Freedom from Suffering

This is the fourth in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. 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.

Each two-hour class will consist of watching one of the pre-recorded talks by Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Dan Hessey, followed by discussion and reflection by class participants.  These classes will be recorded and made available to all registrants for future viewing.

Class 1: Introduction to the 3rd Noble Truth & Mindfulness of Effort with Acharya Dan Hessey
Class 2: Non Struggle, Cessation, and The Gap with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Class 3: Extending the Gap: Resting in the Gap and Vipashyana with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Class 4: Varieties of Cessation on the Path with Acharya Dan Hessey 
Class 5: Live Talk and Q&A with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Dan Hessey

A Zoom link for course access, a detailed schedule and suggested readings will be provided to registrants prior to the first class.

This program is being offered at no charge.

There are no prerequisites for this class. All are welcome!


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