Fundamentals of Buddhism: The First Turning Teachings

with Chris Montone

May 11th

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  • $100.00 Patron
  • $80.00 Sustaining
  • $60.00 Subsidized
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Room: Main Shrine Room


What did the Buddha actually teach?

The earliest teachings of the Buddha presented a schema for understanding why there is suffering, how it manifests, the role that ego plays in perpetuating it, and the way out—the path to enlightenment.

In this one-day offering, we'll explore what Shakyamuni Buddha actually taught in the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, commonly referred to as the "Hinayana" teachings. Together we'll survey the principal teachings, with references to the sutras (original written form of the oral teachings of the Buddha), contemplations, and discussion.

Topics to be covered include: The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, Karma, Samsara, Nirvana, the Three Marks of Existence, the Four Dharma Seals, the Twelve Nidanas, the Five Skandhas, the consciousnesses, shamatha, and vipashyana.

Who is this for? Anyone who has been curious to learn more about what the Buddha taught (not just the commentaries)! Shambhala teachers and senior students are also encouraged to attend and share their knowledge and experience with these teachings.

Join us at the Shambhala Center or online via Zoom.

Registration deadline:  Saturday, May 4 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you'll be joining online, please register and pre-pay online first, and then send an e-mail to to let us know so we can send you the information you'll need to participate in the class.