Hinayana 202: Hinayana Path and Fruition - Nalandabodhi Seattle

Hinayana 202: Hinayana Path and Fruition

Co-Hosted by Nalandabodhi Seattle & Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Sept. 10 – Dec. 17, 2022

On Zoom on Saturdays at 9- 10:30 a.m. (Pacific) 

With its core Study Curriculum, Nalandabodhi has translated and adapted traditional Buddhist studies for Western students. Students progress sequentially through Buddhist philosophical schools, from foundational Hinayana precepts to Mahayana concepts of bodhichitta and buddha nature.  Each course builds on the previous, resulting in an increasingly complex and subtle view.

Also known as the “foundational vehicle”, Hinayana is the first vehicle of the three-yana system of study – Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. It is the basis for entering the path as taught in Vajrayana traditions. The second course in the series, Hinayana 202, describes the path itself and its fruition.

The curriculum materials for the classes draw primarily from the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. In the U.S. the curriculum can be purchased from the Nalanda Store.   Texts for both courses – HIN 201 and HIN 202 – can be ordered separately or together.

In Canada, please contact Doug Ellis at drellis99@yahoo.com to purchase texts.

Class Schedule:

The series is co-facilitated by Sal Tufano and Anne Marie Weiss, with class lectures offered every other Saturday (except on holiday weekends.)

Class dates:

Sept. 10

Oct. 1, 22, 29

Nov. 12, 19

Dec. 10

Throughout the class series, both teachers will facilitate a discussion group in which students will examine the questions posed at the end of each chapter and engage in practicums which contemplate the meaning of the teachings. 

Discussion groups will meet Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec.  3 and Dec. 17.


It is recommended that students registering for this series be familiar with basic Buddhist precepts such as those taught in Introduction to Buddhism and Hinayana 201.

All classes will be hosted on Zoom and will be recorded. Access to recordings will be available until two weeks after the course has concluded. After registration, you will be sent an email with the Zoom link and password as well as a link to the Resource Page with the recordings.

There are separate registration pages for the U.S. and Canada. 

Registration for the U.S. is at the bottom of this page;  Nalandabodhi Vancouver is here.

Class Facilitators

Anne Marie Weiss  has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2005. She has completed the Nalandabodhi Study Curriculum and has co-facilitated Introduction to Buddhism and Mahayana courses in Vancouver. During many summers, she has attended the Nitartha Institute, both in Shedra and Gomdra.

Anne Marie has an MA in English Literature and a Masters in Library and Information Studies, and is looking forward to a deep dive into the Hinayana with this study group.

Sal Tufano began a Dharma path seven years ago in Boulder, Colorado at Naropa University, with a masters degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His path has continued through the study and meditation programs offered by Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute.  He has been a student of Ponlop Rinpoche since November of 2016.

Sal has spent the last four years on the Nalandabodhi International Senior Administrative Team doing strategy and financial work. He has contributed to some key mandala projects like acquiring the Contemplative Resource Center in Texas and the ongoing Digital Content Delivery project. He has tried to make the best of the difficult last two years by dramatically increasing daily practice, taking a lot of on-line classes and reading lots of dharma books.

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