STUDY PROGRAM

The Foundation Program
taught by resident teacher Kelsang Luma

Many Buddhist practitioners have a sincere wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of Dharma and to gain authentic spiritual realisations through a structured programme of Dharma studies. The Foundation Program is designed to fulfil this wish. It provides a systematic presentation of the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism and forms a perfect basis for a strong daily practice.

Geshe Kelsang says: "Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. There is a big gap between our mind and Dharma and we cannot apply Dharma in our daily lives. Our approach remains passive, like someone watching television, and our mind remains as uncontrolled as before. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically, according to a specially designed programme. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we shall never gain deep and stable experience. For this reason the foundation programme is very important."

How to understand the mindHOW TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND
Based on Buddha’s teachings and the experiences of accomplished meditators, Understanding the Mind offers a deep insight into the nature and functions of the mind. The different types of mind are first described, revealing the depth and profundity of Buddhist understanding of human psychology and how this can be used to improve our lives. A practical guide is then given on developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon harmful states of mind, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. The inspiring discovery we make from this is that we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

In these classes we can enjoy this ancient wisdom and the extraordinary results of applying these teachings in our daily lives: loving relationships, a peaceful mind, and the ability to transform all of life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. The Foundation Programme (FP) is a way to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern life.

THE PROGRAM
Joining FP involves studying the entire section of the book and trying to attend all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. You can join the programme at any time.

THE CLASSES 
Friday nights 6pm-7.30pm (half hour dinner break) 8.00pm-9.30pm
Each class consists of preliminary prayers, guided meditation and a reading from the book with commentary and discussion.
Class Fee: $80 per month which also entitles you to attend all classes and courses held by Maitrey Kadampa Buddhist Centre.

If you would like to try FP, please email info@meditationinadelaide.org  to confirm your attendance.

 

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