Foundations for Freedom: Hinayana Course II - The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering, Part 1 - The 5 Skandhas

with Acharya Dale Asrael & John Rockwell

June 16th—July 21st

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  • $60

This is an On-line Course With live Zoom Facilitator Evelyn Vipond-Schmidt

And is the second in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha.


June 16 – July 21 – Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30


Course II Overview

Having recognized the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? Our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being. In this in-depth exploration of the Five Skandhas,we will touch these layers or constellations of experience one by one, starting from the unconditioned, innate ground of open space, and see how we fabricate our own world of projections.


Class 1: Introduction to the second noble truth and how it relates to the five skandhas with both teachers

Class 2:  Shandha of Form -  Acharya Rockwell

Class 3: Skandha of Feeling -  Acharya Asrael

Class 4: Skandha of Perception - Acharya Rockwell

Class 5: Skandha of Conceptual Formations - Acharya Asrael

Class 6: Skandha of Consciousness - Acharya Rockwell

Class 7: (Live session on August 23) Discussion on Zoom with both teachers


No Prerequisites: This program is open to all who are interested in exploring the foundational path of the buddhadharma


Program Cost: $60.00 Full Course (You can ask about our generosity policy if finances are an issue at this time)

To Register: please contact Bernita at [email protected] or call 250 374-6540

For more Information about the course, please contact Evelyn at [email protected] or call 250 573-5519


About the Teachers for Course II


Acharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973. Since that time, the inspiration of the Bodhisattva Vow has been the foundation of her practice and study, and a main theme in the programs and retreats she teaches internationally. She is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, where she has taught a course on compassion for counselors for the past twenty years. She is the author of "No Hidden Corners:  Compassion Training in Counselor Education," a chapter in the recently published anthology Shadows and Light (edited by Francis J Kaklauskas , Carla J Clements, et al.) She is the founder and main instructor of Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program for people teaching mindfulness in transitional environments.


Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been on the Shambhala and Buddhist path for 40 years, studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His main interests are in opening the heart and senses through meditation and qigong and in bringing awareness to everyday life and the natural world.