deepen your understanding – the Foundation Programme
The Foundation Programme (FP) is for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddhism through systematic study. FP is a practical method to improve our good heart, wisdom, and inner peace. Anyone can join and experience the great benefits from being a part of this regular study programme. The programme is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Mondays 6.30pm – 9.00pm
The classes include: • Guided meditations • Commentary to the text by the teacher • Group discussion • Question & answer opportunities • The company of like-minded spiritual friends.
This is not a drop in class – pre-registration is required.
The first class is a free introductory class. The following three sessions are a $12 class fee. This gives you time to decide if you want to commit to joining the class.
Joining the Foundation Programme involves enrolling for a section of a book and then attending all the classes in person at the Centre, one of which is an end-of-term exam. The minimum commitment is to complete the section of the text being studied. 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.
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.
The FP fee is $80 per month, which entitles you to attend all the classes and courses run by Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, except the Mountains Retreats and events held outside the Centre.
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
Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, 24 Rugby St, Merivale, Christchurch
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