The Foundations of Buddhism: The Path to Freedom.

June 24th—July 22nd

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This course presents the Fourth Noble Truth: The Path to freedom from suffering, and begins with an exploration of the fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Mind. This course has no pre-requisites.

“The nature of the path is up to you: it is your doing, in a sense, but there are guidelines. A do-it-yourself kit is presented to you by your teacher.”
– Chögyam Trungpa

One of Buddha’s first teachings was that of The Four Noble Truths.  After teaching that suffering is pervasive to all experience, that there is a cause to that suffering, and that cessation is possible, he then taught a way forward, which we call ”The Path.”  In fact, everything he taught and all of our experience as practitioners comprise “The Path.”  In this course, we will examine Path from multiple perspectives of what has been taught and what is experienced by we individuals walking this path. 


Acharya Marianne Bots has been a student in the Shambhala lineage since 1976, studying with the venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She was appointed as acharya in 2012. She lives in the Netherlands and teaches throughout Europe. As a psychotherapist, she worked for more than 30 years in a psychiatric clinic for young adolescents. She now works in her private practice with individuals and couples. Basic sanity, the wisdom of the body, and mindful communication are the main foundations in her work.

Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid-1970s.  Beginning with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, Eric has worked extensively with illness and death, helping people realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence.  He has also had a decades-long career in finance.