“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
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 is 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.
This first course in the series, The Hinayana View, 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.
Hinayana View 201 is based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. The course is for students who have completed the Introduction to Buddhism series at Nalandabodhi, and includes readings available from the Nalanda West bookstore and at nalandastore.com.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Buddhism
Path of Study coordinator: email Susan Kirchoff
Registration for the class includes viewing it by webcast and access to the recorded classes.
Discussion leader: Ben Mikolaj
Feb. 3 Freedom, Renunciation and the Three Trainings,
Feb. 10 History, Schools and Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 1):
The 16 Aspects of the Four Noble Truths and the Five Skandhas,
Feb. 17 The Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 2):
Skandhas, Ayatanas and Dhatus
No class on Feb. 24 (Losar)
March 2 Dependent Origination (The Nidanas)
March 9 Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the 16 Aspects of the Four Noble Truths
March 16 The Views of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools
March 23 Test