MEDITATION & BUDDHISM CLASSES
Study Programs of Kadampa Buddhism
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world - the General Program (GP), the Foundation Program (FP), and the Teacher Training Program (TTP). The General Program (GP) and Foundation Program (FP) are available at the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center.
General Program (GP)
The General Program provides a basic introduction to Buddhist view, meditation, and daily practice that is suitable for the beginner and all level practitioners. It also includes advanced teachings and method practices from Sutra and Tantra.
The courses are two hours long and include a short course introduction, two guided meditations, 50 minutes of commentary to the practice, a 15 minute question and answer period and a 15 minute general discussion.
Please check the red links below for classes & course information on General Program classes in your area.
Foundation Program (FP)
The Foundation Program is a structured study program designed to enable the student to gain a deeper understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings. When joining the FP, you commit to completing the text that is being studied (or a section of the text if it is one of the longer ones). The length of the course will therefore depend on many factors, but we can say with confidence that Eight Steps to Happiness will likely take 12 to 18 months to complete.
The Foundation Program has weekly reading assignments from the text. The class includes discussions and meditations on the week's readings. We analyze the text word by word in order to gain a deep inner experience of the teachings.
Please contact Kelsang Tangpa if you are interested in joining FP.
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Learn how Buddhist thought, meditation and action lead to a happy and meaningful life. Everyone is welcome.
Since it is impossible to fulfill all of our desires or to stop unwanted things from happening to us, we need to find a different way of relating to frustrating desires and unwanted occurrences.
In this class learn where our mental pain comes from and authentic meditation methods to reduce this pain. We will learn how to cultivate positive states of mind that will cause happiness and inner stillness.
There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the teachings of Buddha:
- To develop our wisdom
- To cultivate a good heart
- To maintain a peaceful state of mind
If we do not strive to develop our wisdom, we shall always remain ignorant of ultimate truth - the true nature of reality. Although we wish for happiness, our ignorance leads us to engage in non-virtuous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering.
If we do not cultivate a good heart, our selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace, and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful we are happy even if our external conditions are unpleasant.
Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness.