The Second Noble Truth: Origin of Suffering, Part I: The 5 Skandas

with John Rockwell & Acharya Dale Asrael

June 14th—August 23rd

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Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana

Course 2: The Second Noble Truth - Origin of Suffering, Part 1: The 5 Skandas

During this time of social distancing, this course will take place virtually on the online meeting platform Zoom.

This is the second in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. You will find an overview of the complete five-part series here

Having recognized the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? Our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being. 

In this in-depth exploration of the Five Skandhas, we will touch the layers or constellations of our experience one by one, starting from the unconditioned, innate ground of open space, and see how we fabricate our own world of projections.

Prerequisite: None, open to all

Course 2 Overview

Class 1 (live session June 14): Introduction to the Second Noble Truth and "Placement" of Mindfulness of Practice at 1:00pm Eastern

Class 2: The Five Skandas: Form - Pre-recorded

Class 3: The Five Skandas: Feeling - Pre-recorded

Class 4: The Five Skandas: Perception - Pre-recorded

Class 5: The Five Skandas: Conceptual Formations - Pre-recorded

Class 6: The Five Skandas: Consciousness - Pre-recorded

Class 7 (Live session Aug 23): Discussion on Zoom with both teachers

We will use the following texts:

  • Glimpses of Abhidharma, by Chögyam Trungpa
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa

For a comprehensive overview of the entire journey of the Foundations of Freedom year-long course, Acharya Dan Hessey, Acharya Judith Simmer Brown, and Shastri Loden Nymia each offer short 5 minute introductory talks. Click here to view.

About the Teachers

Acharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973. Since that time, the inspiration of the Bodhisattva Vow has been the foundation of her practice and study, and a main theme in the programs and retreats she teaches internationally. She is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, where she has taught a course on compassion for counselors for the past twenty years. She is the author of "No Hidden Corners:  Compassion Training in Counselor Education," a chapter in the recently published anthology Shadows and Light (edited by Francis J Kaklauskas , Carla J Clements, et al.) She is the founder and main instructor of Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program for people teaching mindfulness in transitional environments.

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been on the Shambhala and Buddhist path for 40 years, studying with of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His main interests are in opening the heart and senses through meditation and qigong and in bringing awareness to everyday life and the natural world.