Buddhism is a journey into the depths of one’s heart and mind, the inner reality of one’s essence, an exploration of who we are and what we are. This spiritual journey is nothing more and nothing less than discovering this inner reality.
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Wednesdays, May 10—August 23, 2017
Buddhism is not a religion in the usual sense of the word. It is a method of investigation that allows you to work skillfully with the positive potentials and negative energies of your own mind. The teachings of the Hinayana represent the most fundamental instructions of the Buddha, which are central to everything that follows. Hinayana studies, therefore, are basic to any training in Buddhism.
In the Nalandabodhi Path of Study, Hinayana studies introduce you to Buddhism as a science of mind, or method of investigation. Your study of the Hinayana continues for one year, divided into two courses: The first course covers the ground or view of Hinayana, and the second covers the Hinayana path and its results.
The Hinayana View (HIN 201)
This course introduces you to the Hinayana as the indispensable foundation of the three-yana system of Buddhist study (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana). Then you will learn the main elements of the Hinayana view, through a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.
The Hinayana Path and Fruition (HIN 202)
The second course, Hinayana Path and Fruition, shows you how the view is applied through the practices of the Hinayana path, where you will explore techniques of mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
HIN201: May 10, 2017 to June 28, 2017
No class on June 14
HIN202: July 5, 2017 to August 23, 2017
These 14 weeks include 2 exam days, one at the end of each course.
The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore. Please check the online calendar for hours.
Questions? Please contact Carmen Rumbaut email@example.com or Stuart Horn firstname.lastname@example.org.
$40 Nalandabodhi members
$20 Repeat enrollment
Fees do not include the cost of course materials.
Please register in advance. Payment can be made on the first day of class.
In the Buddhist tradition of dana, any donation is welcome.