Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana Course V: The Fourth Noble Truth - The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna

with Acharya Marianne Bots & Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 10th—February 21st

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  • $50.00 Standard Price
  • $65.00 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can (enter amount)

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is excited to present the fifth (final!) in a series of five courses from Shambhala Online exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha.

We have been studying the Buddha’s first teaching: The Four Noble Truths. After teaching that suffering is pervasive to all experience, that there is a cause to that suffering and that cessation is possible, he then taught a way forward, which we call ”The Path.” In fact, everything he taught and all of our experience as practitioners comprise “The Path.” In this course, we will examine Path from multiple perspectives of what has been taught and what is experienced by us as individuals walking this path.

Class 1: Introduction to the Fourth Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Mind, live session with Acharya Marianne Bots and Acharya Eric Spiegel.

Class 2 Shila: Precepts and the discipline of a dharmic life, with Acharya Eric Spiegel (prerecorded)

Class 3 Samadhi and Prajna: Hearing, Contemplating and Meditating with Acharya Marianne Bots (prerecorded)

Class 4 Taking Refuge: The Three Jewels - How we enter the stream of the Buddha's teachings, with Acharya Eric Spiegel (prerecorded)

Class 5 Being Buddhist: The path of the three yanas and the four dignities, with Acharya Marianne Bots (prerecorded)

Class 6: Final discussion session on Sunday, February 21 with Acharya Marianne Bots and Acharya Eric Speigel, live on Shambhala Online.

The Shambhala Online Zoom link for the first and last classes will be provided for individual participation.

Recordings of Classes 2 through 5 will be presented by our Center through Zoom in the weeks from January 17 through February 14, with each class offered twice: on Sunday evening from 6 – 8 pm, and again on Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 pm.   Each class will consist of viewing the recording and having local discussion.  

Schedule of class presentations:

January 10, Class 1 (live from Shambhala Online at noon)

January 17 and 19 – Class 2

January 24 and 26 – Class 3

January 31 and February 2 – Class 4

February 7 and 9 – Class 5

February 14 and 16 – our own review and contemplations

February 21 – Class 6 (live from Shambhala Online at noon)

Participants will have access to the recordings to watch on their own if they miss a session, or they may attend the alternate session (Sunday or Tuesday) for the week.

Acharya Marianne Bots has been a student in the Shambhala lineage since 1976, studying with the venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was appointed as acharya in 2012. She lives in the Netherlands and teaches throughout Europe.

As a psychotherapist, she worked for more than 30 years in a psychiatric clinic for young adolescents. She now works in her private practice with individuals and couples. Basic sanity, the wisdom of the body, and mindful communication are the main foundations in her work.

Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid-1970s.  Beginning with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, Eric has worked extensively with illness and death, helping people realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence.  He has also had a decades-long career in finance.

Generosity Policy applies:  The Birmingham Shambhala Center does not wish restricted finances ever to interfere with one’s ability to receive the teachings.  If you need to arrange a payment plan or negotiate a reduced tuition, please make arrangements prior to the program by contacting Nick Buckner at [email protected]. Alternatively, select the "Pay what you can" option and register and pay online.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.