Foundation Program

Foundation Program

Modern Buddhism and Meditation Study Program in Albuquerque

Sundays, 3–5:30pm

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Introduction to Foundation Program

"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." - Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The Foundation Program is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings through a structured program. This class with Gen Khyenwang combines teaching, meditation, study and discussion. It will meet on Sundays from 3:00 - 5:30 pm beginning on April 24th and it begins studying a new book: The New Heart of Wisdom.

Everyone is welcome to this free introductory class which will include an overview of the program, the text to be studied and time to meet and discuss with other students also interested in this study program.


Current Class Series

The New Heart of Wisdom: Profound Teachings from Buddha's Heart

Join us as we begin an extraordinary journey exploring together The New Heart of Wisdom. This book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.

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


Dive deeper into your study, practice and implementation of Buddhist philosophy into your life through studying The New Heart of Wisdom, a text that reveals the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. This book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.

The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

We welcome you to read a transcript of a talk- The Benefits of the Study Programs-  given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso on the occasion of the inauguration of the Foundation Program at Tara Centre, England, October 1990. Please CLICK HERE if you'd like to read.

When you join you will experience the great benefits of being part of this systematic study program. Through this you can improve your good heart, your wisdom, and your cherishing of others by going deeper into your study and meditation practice. Read more about the texts studied and benefits HERE.

This is an IN-PERSON class. It is possible to participate in the Foundation Program via correspondence for those living far from the center.

*This is not a drop-in program and enrollment is required. It is helpful if you have attended General Program classes (drop-in) regularly for a minimum of two months before joining the Foundation Program. There are breaks throughout the program, including a longer break in the summer.

Please inquire about scheduling of classes or any other questions you may have. Email:  [email protected] for more information.


About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Khyenwang

Gen Khyenwang is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. She is a close disciple and student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practicing and teaching under his guidance for many years. The teachings she shares are clear, heartfelt and extremely practical for modern life. Gen Khyenwang is an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner and is known for her warmth and sincerity, putting time-tested teachings into practice in daily life.

Location

142 Monroe St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108