Monday Nights | 6:30–8:30PM
Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Deepen your wisdom experience and connect with spiritual friends
The Foundation Program is being taught online currently due to COVID.
If you’ve been attending regular weekly classes and retreats at AKBC, 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.
TO JOIN please contact Jason Valcourt, FP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about participating in FP.
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.
For Current FP Members Only
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 enables 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.
Cost and Benefits
$65/month for FP classes, plus:
• Unlimited General Program classes
• Unlimited Weekend Retreat Series
• $10 off Mini Meditation Retreat Series
WHAT TO EXPECT
To join Foundation Program, you need to have been attending General Program classes and be ready to deepen your experience of Kadam Dharma.
This class includes prayers, deeper meditation, and a lineage of oral instruction of one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s books.
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About the Teacher
Taught by Gen Kelsang Tsoglam, Resident Teacher at AKBC. Each class includes chanted prayers, oral transmission of the book, guided meditations, and discussion.