“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
- This class continues to be offered remotely, via Zoom. Registered students will be sent the Zoom link and password by email
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 (HIN 201) covers the ground or view of Hinayana, and the second (HIN 202) covers the Hinayana path and its results.
The second course in the series, 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.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Buddhism
Path of Study coordinator: email Susan Kirchoff
March 30: Setting Out on the Path and the Practice of Nonviolence
April 6: Types and Techniques of Buddhist Meditation
April 13 Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Four Reminders
April 20 The Foundations, Types, and Obstacles of Shamatha and Vipashyana
April 27 Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Five Skandhas Not Being a Personal Self
May 4 The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 1)
May 11: The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 2)
May 18: Test