Monday Nights | 6PM–9PM | $65/month

Starting February 17 with Joyful Path of Good Fortune

Deepen your wisdom experience and connect with spiritual friends.  

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.

We will begin this class on Monday, February 10 with a special chanted prayer called Offering to the Spiritual Guide from 6:30-8:30PM. Teachings will begin on Monday, February 17. 

FP classes are structured to provide continual teachings from one book until it is complete. Students commit to come to each class, engage in longer meditations, actively interact with fellow students during discussion, and study and read outside of class. By applying consistent effort in this way, we naturally build our confidence and ability to apply Dharma in daily life, create strong connections with our community of friends, and joyfully make progress on our spiritual journey.

COST AND BENEFITS

$65/month for FP classes, plus:

• Unlimited General Program classes

• Unlimited Weekend Retreat Series

• 1/2 off Mini Meditation Retreat Series

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TO JOIN please contact Gen Kelsang Chokyi at rt@meditationinrhodeisland.org✉️

MORE ABOUT FOUNDATION PROGRAM

The program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by NKT founder Venerable 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 a spiritual community.

This systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The program is comprised of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

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.


Foundation Program costs $65/month includes unlimited General Program, Weekend Retreat Series, & 1/2 Off Mini-Meditation Series


What to Expect at Class

You do not need to be Buddhist to attend and benefit. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary.

We provide both cushions and chairs to sit on. No special clothing is required. Each class is self contained and consists of guided meditations, a teaching, and a beautiful Buddhist prayer. After class, stay to chat with the teacher and other students

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About the Teacher

Taught by Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher at AKBC, each class includes chanted prayers, oral transmission of the book, guided meditations, and discussion.