Foundations of Freedom: Hinayana Class 5 The Fourth Noble Truth THE PATH

with Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Eric Spiegel, John Fox

March 9th—April 13th

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  • $60 Program Price
  • $120 Generosity Price
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Room: Online using Zoom

The Fourth Noble Truth


March 9, 2021 to April 13, 2021

This course presents the Fourth Noble Truth: The Path, and begins with an exploration of the fourth Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Mind.

After teaching that suffering is pervasive to all experience, that there is a cause to that suffering and that cessation is possible, the Buddha then taught a way forward: "The Path". The Path includes our study, our practice, our everyday life, everything we experience as practitioners comprises "The Path". In this course, we will examine Path from multiple perspectives of what has been taught and what is experienced.

We will have a video presentation, guided meditation practice and discussion during each of our 6 meetings.

This course is part of a 5-course, year-long exploration of the Four Noble Truths. But participants are welcome to access this course, and the one following it whether or not they have attended previous sections.

Please join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 517 279 1759  Password: 123456. Helpful tips for Using Zoom for online meditation and classes.

No Prerequisites: This program is open to all who are interested in exploring the foundational path of the buddhadharma.

Program Cost: $60  Generosity: $120 or pay what you can afford.

Participants would benefit from having received meditation instruction at a Shambhala Centre. Instruction is offered free/by donation: Online Vancouver Shambhala Centre every Wednesday Open House at 7:00pm.

Marianne Bots resides in the Netherlands where she joined the Shambhala community in 1977. She is a psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked more than 30 years in a clinic for young adolescents as a therapist and Head of Treatment. Recently she and her partner and colleague Lisette van Ardenne have begun offering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Focusing and Coaching-Therapy within the context of a culture of Basic Goodness at a private institute for “Fundamental Health”.

She attended Vajrayana Seminary in 1982 and served as a Dorje Kasung for twelve years. She has been active in the leadership of the Arnhem Shambhala Centre and the European Council. She teaches throughout Europe and in 2010 was appointed a shastri.

Eric Spiegel has been of student of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1971 when he was given a copy of Trungpa’s book “Meditation in Action”, just after his 19th birthday. “It was the first time I realized that someone else knew who I was and how I saw the world,” he says.

Eric has been involved in an ongoing contemplation of death and dying as part of his life and practice. He has worked extensively with people with HIV, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, helping them explore the nature of mind as their physical conditions evolve. This has often resulted in pastoral work helping family and friends of those who have died to connect with the raw and wakeful tenderness of impermanence.

Eric spent several years as treasurer of the Stonewall Community Foundation and has recently taken a more active role teaching dharma in the gay community through the groups Queer Dharma and Diamond Metta.  His background on Wall Street has inspired him to explore the Buddhist teachings on wealth.  As a certified yoga teacher he is experimenting with programs that combine meditation and yoga and often incorporates movement into his teaching.

Currently, Eric lives in the Hudson Valley, rural upstate New York, not far from the Massachusetts border.