Foundations for Freedom - Meeting Suffering with Maitri. Guided meditation, dharma talks and discussion.

with Lora Wiggins & Margaret Turnbull

December 8th—January 19th

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  • $75 Program Price
  • $95 Patron Price
  • $35.00 Student Price
Room: Online
Program Registration is Closed.

An online course with recorded presentations by Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maul, with live discussion facilitated by Lora Wiggins and Maggie Turnbull.

In this first course of the Shambhala  Hinayana Study program Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull will guide an exploration of the nature of suffering from the perspective of the Four Marks of Existence–Impermanence, Suffering, Selflessness  and Nirvana/Peace and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness).  They will also guide students in the exploration and practice of Mindfulness of Body, the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  Each class will have guided meditation and an opportunity for live discussion facilitated by Lora Wiggins and Maggie Turnbull.

The suffering of samsaric existence is the blameless first noble truth. Such suffering is changing and impermanent, and arises from infinite causes and conditions. It feels intensely personal (mine), and, in fact, is one of the bases we use to craft our identity (me and my problems), which is called “mistaking what has no self for a self”. This desynchronized state generates constant underlying fear and anxiety. When we recognize the reality of our existence as it truly is (impermanent, suffering, not mine, and without self-entity), we can experience the peace of nirvana.

Class 1 : Introduction to the First Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Body

Class 2: The Four Marks of Existence: Impermanence (annica)

Class 3: The Four Marks of Existence: Suffering (dukkha)

Class 4: The Four Marks of Existence: Egolessness (anata)

Class 5: The Four Marks of Existence: Peace (nibana)

Class 6: Discussion on Zoom with both teachers



Acharya Susan Chapman
Acharya Susan Chapman completed three year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and another six years retreat master. She has lead many mahamudra retreats at various centres in North America. Susan is the author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication and she presently works as a part time consultant, leads workshops in mindful communication and is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Community.

Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD
Acharya Maull has been a Shambhala practitioner for more than 40 years and was named an acharya in 2009. He leads Shambhala programs and retreats throughout North America, Europe and Latin America. Fleet is also a Roshi (senior lineage teacher) in the Zen Peacemaker and Soto Zen lineages.


An Online Program – A link will be sent to you close to the course date after you register