Introduction to Foundation Program
Tuesday, August 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Join us on this extraordinary journey as we explore together the ocean of wisdom presented in Joyful Path of Good Fortune.
Everyone is welcome to attend the introduction and learn more about this in depth study program.
Joyful Path of Good Fortune
A clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.
What is the Foundation Program?
The Foundation Program is a uniquely structured study program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and wish to learn more. We meet each week during term times, and have regular term breaks and a longer break in the summer. Students are requested to enroll for the entire text and commit to attend all the classes, as well as go to a puja (chanted meditation) and General Program class.
Benefits of Foundation Program
Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence, it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.
Foundation Program Commitments
The commitments are to help and guide students in their study and practice. Students enroll for one subject at a time and commit to the following:
1. To attend every class not missing more than two classes per term. (Terms are three month periods-there is a summer break, a winter break and other holiday breaks.)
2. If you are going to be absent from class please contact the Foundation Program Monitor and let them know as soon as you become aware of a conflict in scheduling.
3. To study and memorize the essential points of the text.
4. To attend one special chanted prayer at the Center. and a General Program class each week.
5. To take an exam at the end of each term.
To join the class please contact the Center (contact information at the bottom of this page). Everyone is invited to attend a session of the class before committing to the program.
The fees are $50 per month and includes all Foundation Program classes and all General Program classes in all of our locations. For $75 per month, retreats are also included. For $100 per month, all classes and retreats are included except empowerments and fund raisers.