Foundation Program

Sundays, 4–6PM & Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm

Modern Buddhism and Meditation Study Program in Albuquerque

FREE Introduction Class, Sunday, August 23, 4–6PM

Deepen your understanding and experience of Buddhism by engaging in structured study with spiritual friends. Previous experience with our weekly meditation classes is suggested before joining Foundation Program. Our upcoming class series begins Sunday, August 23, 2020. If you are interested in joining this program, please contact [email protected]

 


Universal Compassion

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Learn to pacify and control your mind through Lojong practice

Join us as we begin an extraordinary journey exploring together Universal Compassion, Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times. This book gives a practical and uplifting explanation of how we can transform our day to day lives—including even the most demanding and difficult situations—into opportunities for personal and spiritual development.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free introduction class to learn more about this in-depth study program…

 

 

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. This book 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 very readable book challenges us to grow and will have a remarkable impact on our life.

This book purchased through our bookstore or online at Tharpa.com. Please contact our Treasurer, Brian Worthen, for details: 505-999-8656. 

 

 


WHAT IS FOUNDATION PROGRAM (FP)?

Foundation Program is a structured study program that provides continual teachings from one book until it is complete. Students try to attend each class, engage in longer meditations, actively interact with fellow Sangha during discussion, and study and read outside of class. By applying consistent effort in this way, we naturally build our confidence and ability to practice Dharma in daily life, create strong connections with our community of Dharma practitioners and joyfully make progress on our spiritual journey.

Classes include:
• guided meditations
• commentary to the text
• discussion (in pairs and as a group)
• Q & A

WHY JOIN FP?

If you’ve been regularly attending drop-in meditation classes (General Program), joining Foundation Program is the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings.

The program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by NKT founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The oral transmission of the book combined with guided meditations and discussion will build our confidence to apply Dharma in daily life.


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual programs for the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism specifically for people of the modern world. His programs are: General Program, basic introduction of Kadampa Buddhism, Foundation Program, basic foundation of Kadampa Buddhism, and Teacher Training Program, training to become a qualified Kadampa teacher. If you would like to know more, contact [email protected]


WHAT WILL WE STUDY?

We will study Universal Compassion, Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This inspiring book is based on the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points. Ancient meditative techniques and practical explanation teach us how we can transform our day-to-day problems into opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

During the week, we put effort into remembering the teachings we have heard and the text we have studied and by doing so, we will begin to transform our mind from ordinary to extraordinary. We also build a connection with the teachings and spiritual friends, making Foundation Program the perfect way to enjoy a spiritual community. Keeping Dharma in our hearts like this will definitely be life-changing.

CLASS DETAILS

We meet twice a week, Sundays, 4–6PM & Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30PM, in the gompa at Kadampa Meditation Center, New Mexico. The cost is $50/month which includes both Foundation Program and General Program classes (drop-in meditation).

First class is SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 | 4–6PM

HOW TO JOIN

Please attend the FREE Introduction, August 23, 4–6pm with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Ingchug. You will learn more about the program and have an opportunity to ask questions. Membership applications will be available. You may also contact the Education Program Director at [email protected]

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Gen Kelsang Chokyan is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. As an American Buddhist monk, he has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 16 years and is a great example of how to practice Kadampa Buddhism in the modern world. His sincere teachings are presented with humor and warmth, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our everyday daily lives.

Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before.—Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Take the next step in your spiritual journey—Join Foundation Program!

$50/month • TO JOIN please contact [email protected]