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THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM

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Tuesdays, 6.15pm-9pm.

 

Currently studying Universal Compassion.

 

Enrollment required. 

The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for students who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhist practice and are interested in pursuing a formalized and committed study program. Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study, and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

In 1990, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gave a talk about the Foundation Program and its purpose. Read the transcript of this talk below:

The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study.

 

Students agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of each book.

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages, and memorize the essential points.

The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation.

The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text.

The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material.

 

The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week, followed by dedication prayers.

The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study.

 

Students agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of each book.


Admission into the Program
 

The Foundation Program is open to FP Members of Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, the monthly fee is $85 and includes General Program classes at the Center and branches, as well as weekend events and retreat discounts.

Students interested in FP can enroll in a 4-week trial for $65. If at the end of the trial period, they wish to continue with the program, we ask that they become monthly FP members of Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center. The 4-week FP trial is free for GP Members.

To find out more about the Foundation Program, contact admin@meditateinwestlake.org

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