Membership

Foundation Program

In-Depth Study Program

Wednesday Foundation Program

Wednesdays | 6:30-8:30pm
with Resident Teacher, Gen Tsoglam

Are you ready to deepen your practice and experience?

Unlike our weekly drop-in classes, the Foundation Program (FP) is an enrolled program designed for those with some experience of Kadampa Buddhism who wish to deepen their understanding through a systematic study of a text by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

When you join, you will experience the great benefits of being part of this study program and spiritual community. Through this, you can improve your good heart and your wisdom by going deeper with your study and meditation practice.

Class will meet each Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm, with breaks over the summer and holidays.

Book: Universal Compassion

The FP is studying Universal Compassion. This beautiful book offers practical instructions that allow us to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion.

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states. Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences.

Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems—even the most demanding and difficult conditions—into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.

There are weekly reading assignments of a few pages from the text, and the class includes discussions and meditations on the week’s readings.

Fee and more information

Cost: Foundation Program Membership is $100/month (12 months/year) and includes FP classes, unlimited GP classes, and half off special classes and retreats. 

Note: FP is not a drop-in class and enrollment is required. People are generally required to have attended GP (drop-in) classes for at least of 6-months to enroll.

If you are interested in joining, please email Crista, our Education Program Coordinator: info@meditateinthesouthbay.org

Sunday Teacher Training Program

Teacher Training Program

Sundays | 4:00-6:30pm (in progress)
with Resident Teacher, Gen Tsoglam

"Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. We are like someone who has entered a huge food store and seen many things but sampled only a few. We may have received many different teachings from many different Teachers, but we have taken in very little, just a few morsels. Therefore, our actual experience remains superficial.

Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically according to a specially-designed program. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never become like a full moon." Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Book: Great Treasury of Merit

Great Treasury of Merit is an extraordinary book that contains clear instructions on how to rely on a Spiritual Guide, the foundation for all spiritual attainments.

It provides a complete explanation of how to practice Offering to the Spiritual Guide, one of the most important meditation practices of Kadampa Buddhism.

A work of unparalleled profundity and clarity, this book contains a wealth of accessible and practical instructions on Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings. An indispensable handbook for all those who wish to accomplish the swift path to enlightenment.

At every level of Buddhist practice, relying upon the Spiritual Guide is regarded as the source of inspiration, understanding, and progress on the spiritual path. But nowhere is this practice more important than in Tantra.

 

Cost: Foundation Program Membership is $100/month (12 months/year) and includes FP classes, unlimited GP classes, and half off special classes and retreats. 

Note: TTP is not a drop-in class and enrollment is required. People are generally required to have attended GP (drop-in) classes for at least of 6-months to enroll.

If you are interested in joining, please email Crista, our Education Program Director: info@meditateinthesouthbay.org

Foundation Program Teacher

Gen Kelsang Tsoglam

Resident Teacher of Mahamudra Kadampa Meditation Center

Gen Tsoglam is an ordained Kadampa Buddhist nun and close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She has been practicing and teaching under his guidance for over 20 years. Her teachings are heartfelt, practical, and presented with warmth, humor and joy.

Previously, Gen Tsoglam was the Resident Teacher at several Kadampa Centers around the US. She has engaged in numerous meditation retreats, as well as teaching and skilfully guiding many retreats.

Gen Tsoglam teaches in Hermosa Beach on Sunday Mornings, Tuesday Evenings, and Wednesday Mid-day, on Thursday Evenings in El Segundo, Saturday retreats and special events throughout the year, as well as the Foundation and Teacher Training Programs.

© 2023 Mahamudra KMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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