When is the Foundation Programme held?
Sunday FP at Madhyamaka KMC: 1.30-6.30pm at Madhyamaka KMC
Weekday FP at Madhyamaka KMC: Mondays & Thursdays 7-9pm at Madhyamaka KMC
What is the Foundation Programme
The Foundation Study Programme is a world renowned Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Programme designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhist Meditation. This tried and tested method of studying has been practised successfully by thousands of people resulting in them experiencing their highest potential for inner peace and happiness – full enlightenment.
How can Foundation Programme benefit you:
Studying on Foundation Programme has many benefits for everyone including:
• Deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings
• A positive outlook on life & better relationships
• Improved concentration and focus in daily life
• Less stress, worry & anxiety
• Greater inner peace & happiness
• Increased confidence & self-esteem
• Greater sense of purpose in life
What is currently being studied on Foundation Programme
Joyful Path of Good Fortune is currently being studied on the Sunday FP. Joyful Path of Good Fortune is 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.
Universal Compassion is currently being studied on the Weekday FP. 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 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.
Eight Steps to Happiness - is currently being studied on York FP. Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people in the East. Now, with this book, Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives.
The Teachers of Foundation Programme
Sunday FP is taught by Kelsang Uma
Weekday FP is taught by Kelsang Chochin
York FP is taught by Gen Kelsang Thekchen
Too busy to attend?
If travel, time, or another reason prevents you from attending the study classes you may apply to join the Correspondence Study Programme. Students on the Correspondence Study Programme receive recordings of the classes in MP3 (available for download from the internet) or MP3 CD format. For more information on this Programme please contact us.
The fee for enrolling on FP is £35 per month for the duration of the course including term breaks. The course can last between 6 – 12 months depending on the book or section of book being studied. Your FP member fee includes free entrance to any meditation class, day or weekend course or retreat at Madhyamka KMC (excluding empowerments, accommodation and meals).
Interested in joining?
If you wish to join Foundation Programme please contact us and we will arrange for you to attend a free ‘taster session’. This will give you an opportunity to find out more about the course and consider if it is something you would like to join.