The Foundation Programme (FP) course is designed for those who want to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism and meditation.
Studying on the Foundation Programme provides a perfect basis for a daily meditation practice that pervades the day and brings lasting results.
Many people have a sincere wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddha’s teachings and to improve their spiritual insights through a structured study programme.
The Foundation Programme is designed to fulfill this wish by providing a systematic presentation of the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism through the study of six of Geshe Kelsang’s books:
- Joyful Path of Good Fortune
- Universal compassion
- Heart of Wisdom
- Meaningful to Behold
- Eight Steps to Happiness
- Understanding the Mind
The Sunday FP course runs from 6pm til 9pm with a short break and is currently studying New Heart of Wisdom.
The Friday FP course runs from 9.15am til 12.45pm with a break from 10.45am til 11.15am and is currently studying Meaningful to Behold.
What happens in an FP class?
We begin with traditional prayers to calm and prepare the mind as well as a guided meditation on a topic from the previous class. The teacher then covers a section from the book clarifying the important points and illustrating ways in which the ideas can be put into practice. Anyone can ask questions that they may have at any time. We then split up into pairs to explore the main points of the teaching, help each other to learn them, overcome doubts or misunderstandings and to arrive at a clear understanding of how to apply them in our daily life.
Who can join?
If you have been coming to General Programmes and wish to study Buddha’s teachings in a more systematic way, then feel free to try
it out for 2 or 3 sessions. See for yourself how this study programme helps to improve the quality of your life by putting the teachings into practice.
To Find out More
Please contact the centre and we can explain more about the progamme and trying it out.