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 covers the ground or view of Hinayana, and the second covers the Hinayana path and its results.
HIN201: March 28 to May 9, 2018
The Hinayana View (HIN 201)
This course 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.
HIN202: May 16 to July 18, 2018
No class on June 20
The Hinayana Path and Fruition (HIN 202)
The second course, 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.
Hinayana Courses: Outline
The Hinayana View (HIN 201) March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
Class 1: Freedom, Renunciation, and the Three Trainings, March 28
Class 2: History, Schools, and Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 1):
The Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths and the Five Skandhas, April 4
Class 3: The Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 2): Skandhas, Ayatanas, and Dhatus, April 11
Class 4: Dependent Origination (The Nidanas), April 18
Class 5: Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths, April 25
Class 6: The Views of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools, May 2
Class 7: Exam, May 9
The Hinayana Path and its Fruition (HIN 202) May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 27, July 11, 18
Class 1: Setting Out on the Path and the Practice of Nonviolence, May 16, 23
Class 2: Types and Techniques of Buddhist Meditation, May 30
Class 3: Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Four Reminders, June 6
Class 4: The Foundations, Types, and Obstacles of Shamatha and Vipashyana, June 13
No class on June 20
Class 5: Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Five Skandhas Not Being a Personal Self, June 27
Class 6: The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 1), July 4
Class 7: The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 2), July 11
Class 8: Exam, July 18
The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore. Please check online calendar for hours.
These 15 weeks include 2 exam days, one at the end of each course.