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Sutrayana Hinayana


  • October 2 - December 18, 2021
  • The last two weeks of the course will be dedicated to written and oral exams
  • The course website, with orientation information, will open on September 25th
  • Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions

Registration Information

  • Early Bird Price: $380 (ends September 18th)
  • Regular Price: $450
  • Registration closes October 1st
  • Sustaining members receive a 10% discount. To receive the discount code, please email: [email protected] 
  • If interested in becoming a sustaining member, please click here.
  • See below for checkout and scholarship information.


Tibetan Buddhism affirms that without a good intellectual and conceptual understanding of Buddhist philosophy, what we call “the view,” we default to ego’s opinions and to spiritual materialism. Moreover, the understanding of the Hinayana philosophical ground and the extensive teachings of Mahayana, especially on emptiness, are an absolutely necessary foundation for meditation practice and especially the Vajrayana.  This upcoming Sutrayana course is an opportunity to address gaps in our conceptual understanding, which will then benefit our ongoing practice and our confidence in fully living the journey.  In teaching this course, we will approach the material from a more classical and intellectual standpoint than in the past. 

Sutrayana is required for those wishing to enter the Dharma Ocean Vajrayana path and it is thus a prerequisite for the annual Entering the Vajra World program which offers the first step into the Vajrayana. The course is also open to others interested in the topic.  Even if you have previously taken Sutrayana, you might reconsider retaking it as we’ll be taking a more rigorous and historically informed approach. 

Teacher (Curriculum)

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of the Practicing Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  He teaches in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. The author of many books, audio courses, and online series, Reggie’s work and teachings draw from his background as a Buddhist scholar and practitioner. His PhD is in the History of Religions from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973).  He was the first full-time faculty member and chair of the Buddhist Studies (later Religious Studies) Department at Naropa University. Over nearly four decades he grew the department and played various leadership roles at Naropa, developing with Trungpa Rinpoche many of the initiatives and projects that became part of Naropa’s unique identity as a Buddhist inspired university.   He began explicitly working with dharma students in 1995 and now devotes all of time to transmitting the teachings of the Vajra dharma of his teacher.

Instructor (Live Gatherings)

Justin Dituri lives in Lafayette, Colorado. He has been married to Judy Dituri for 42 years. His "day job" is work as an estate planning/business planning/tax lawyer. His passion is somatic meditation practice, reading and studying Buddhist philosophy and history, and social/economic philosophy and history.

Course Components

  • 10 week curriculum study
  • New curriculum lectures will launch every other Saturday
  • Live course gatherings will happen on alternate Saturdays
  • Assigned readings
  • Weekly discussion groups, required for prospective Vajrayana students, offered to everyone else
  • Written assignments, a final written exam, and an oral "Warrior Exchange," again required for aspiring Tantrikas, optional for others


The course syllabus with the reading assignments is available for review here.


Reggie's curriculum lectures are pre-recorded. Justin will guide group discussions in order to clarify and deepen our understanding of Reggie's lectures and the assigned reading. These live gatherings will occur every other Saturday, 11:30 - 1:30 MT. Reggie is hoping to attend the gatherings periodically.

  • October 2 -  Unit 1 opens: Basic Principles of the View
  • October 9 - First live class
  • October 16 - Unit 2 opens: Foundation Teachings of the Hinayana
  • October 23 - Second live class
  • October 30 - Unit 3 opens: The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
  • November 6 - Third live class
  • November 13 - Unit 4 opens: The Shravaka Meditation on Non-Self
  • November 20 - Fourth live class
  • November 27 - Unit 5 opens: Taking the Five Skandhas Further
  • December 4 - Fifth live class
  • December 4 - 18 - Written Exams and Warrior Exchanges

Curriculum Readings

Thrangu Rinpoche, Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination.  (Note: The PDF version can be purchased for download at Namo Buddha Publications.)

—Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Progressive Stages on the Meditation on Emptiness

—Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught

—Ray, Indestructible Truth (section on the Hinayana)

—Chögyam Trungpa, Glimpses of Abhidharma

***In addition, there will be numerous selections and articles that will be provided on our end.

Recommendation: If you would like to take this course, it would be good to purchase these books, if you don’t already own them, and begin reading.  This is going to be a challenging course and the reading will require care and attention. Getting a head start will greatly increase what you get out of our work together.

Scholarship Support

If you currently have financial hardship and find the cost of this program prohibitive, prior to registering, please email us at [email protected] for financial assistance information.

Checkout Process

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