Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana - Course V: The Fourth Noble Truth

January 25th—February 22nd

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Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana - Online Program

Course V - The Fourth Noble Truth: The Path of Shila, Samadhi and Prajna with Acharya Eric Spiegel and Acharya Marianne Bots and lead by local Seattle Shambhala teacher Rachel DeMotts

This is the fifth and final course in a series 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 we individuals walking this path.

About the teachers

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.

Rachel DeMotts has been studying in Shambhala since the mid-2000s and is currently the head teacher at the Seattle Shambhala Center. She is a professor of environmental policy with more than twenty years of experience conducting collaborative research with communities in southern Africa. Her practice and work intertwine, reflecting a desire to deepen our connection to the natural world, expand our notion of interdependence, and cultivate a more just society. 

More information regarding accessing the program online will be sent to registrants via email closer to the program’s start date.

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