taking the next step
Foundation Programme (FP) is an ongoing, weekly course on Buddhism and meditation. The course is suitable for anyone with interest in deepening their understanding of Buddhist meditation and wisdom. The emphasis in the classes, which consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion, is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s teachings that you can apply to your daily life.
Geshe Kelsang says: “Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. There is a big gap between our mind and Dharma and we cannot apply Dharma in our daily lives. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically, according to a specially designed programme. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we shall never gain deep and stable experience. For this reason the foundation programme is very important.”
who can join FP?
If you have been coming to classes regularly and have been getting a lot out of your GP classes but feel you want to go a bit deeper with your study and practice – the systematic study of this essential Buddhist text on FP may be a perfect next step for you.
New students are advised to attend some drop-in evening classes prior to enrolling, to gain some experience of Buddhist teachings
Joining the Foundation Programme involves enrolling for a section of a book and then attending all the classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Studying in this way gives our lives a meaningful structure and helps us to gain fuller experience of the teachings. You can join the programme at any time.
sundays 3.30pm – 8.15pm
Each class consists of preliminary prayers, guided meditation and a reading from the book with commentary and discussion. There are two classes of two hours each and a break in between.
The FP fee is $80 per month, which entitles you to attend all the classes and courses run by Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre. You are welcome to attend a class before enrolling and you can join at any time.
If you are interested in joining the Foundation Programme or finding out more about it, please call the Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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