The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.
If you’ve been attending general Buddhist classes at AKBC, or other Kadampa centers, joining Foundation Program (FP) is the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. FP classes are similar in format and depth to college-level classes. The program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by NKT founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The Foundation Program (FP) is taught by Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher at AKBC. On Monday nights, we begin at 6pm with a FP community meal (bring your own meal). Then we engage in chanted prayers, meditation, teachings and discussion from 6:30-8:30pm. We are currently studying "Eight Steps to Happiness" by 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. By doing this consistently, we will joyfully turn our initial insights into actual realizations of Dharma. Most of all, by building a connection with the teachings and spiritual friends, Foundation Program is the perfect way to enjoy Monday evening.
If you have been coming to AKBC for a period of time and have a foundation of understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings, please contact Angela Stewart, AKBC's Education Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about participating in FP.
The monthly fee is $65 and includes the following:
• Unlimited access to all General Program (GP) classes (Providence, Attleboro & Worcester)
• Attendance in weekly FP classes
• Unlimited access to Weekend Retreat Series
• 50% discount on monthly Mini Meditation Retreat Series
ABOUT FOUNDATION PROGRAM
FP provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The program comprises of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune; Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness; The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom; Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold; and Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind.