Hinayana: The Path of The Noble Ones (HIN 202 EXAM)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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, March 28—July 18, 2018
7:00-8:30 PM

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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.


HIN 201: March 28, 2018 – May 9, 2018
The Hinayana View (HIN 201)
March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9

March 28: Class 1 — Freedom, Renunciation, and the Three Trainings,
April 4: Class 2 — History, Schools, and Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 1): The Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths and the Five Skandhas
April 11: Class 3 — The Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 2): Skandhas, Ayatanas, and Dhatus
April 18: Class 4 — Dependent Origination (The Nidanas)
April 25: Class 5 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths
May 2: Class 6 — The Views of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools
May 9: Class 7 — Exam

HIN 202: May 16, 2018 – July 18, 2018
The Hinayana Path and its Fruition (HIN 202)
May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 27, July 11, 18

May 16, 23: Classes 1a & 1b — Setting Out on the Path and the Practice of Nonviolence
May 30: Class 2 — Types and Techniques of Buddhist Meditation
June 6: Class 3 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Four Reminders
June 13: Class 4 — The Foundations, Types, and Obstacles of Shamatha and Vipashyana
No class on June 20
June 27: Class 5 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Five Skandhas Not Being a Personal Self
July 4: Class 6 — The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 1)
July 11: Class 7 — The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 2)
July 18: Class 8 — Exam

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00–8:30 PM

These 16 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.

More details


Questions? Please contact Stuart Horn stuarthor@gmail.com.


$65 General
$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.

Hinayana Series 2018 (HIN 201 or HIN 202)


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