In-depth study – Foundation Programme

Mondays | 6pm – 9.30pm
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Nyingpo

@ Kadampa Meditation Centre Reading, 9 Bath Road, Reading RG1 6HH

Foundation Programme (FP) is an ongoing, weekly course on Buddhism and meditation. The course is suitable for anyone with interest in deepening their understanding of Buddhist meditation and wisdom.

The benefits of studying on FP

There are three reasons why we benefit from the study and practice of Buddhism and meditation:

  • Increase wisdom
  • Cultivate a good heart
  • Maintain a peaceful state of mind

Although we wish for happiness, ignorance leads us to engage in negative actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering, therefore we need to develop our wisdom. If we do not cultivate a good heart, a selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace, and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful we are happy even if our external conditions are unpleasant. Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness.

How do I start?

We are currently studying the book Eight Steps to Happiness. You are welcome to join the programme at any time.

When you join the Foundation Programme, you commit to studying one book. This can take differing lengths of time, depending on which book is being studied, and how far through we are. The current text – Eight Steps to Happiness – will take approximately 12 months to complete.

What to expect

In each class there are guided meditations, teachings on the book, and discussion in pairs. Every fifth or sixth class is a group discussion, which enables students to ask questions and clarify the meaning of the text.

What are we studying?

Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
The Buddhist way of loving kindness – this book shows us how we can gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life and solve all our human problems.

About the book
This immensely practical book charts a complete path of spiritual development.

As a commentary to one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa, it explains how to transform every moment of our life into a step on the path to inner peace, and in particular how to transform all of life’s difficulties into truly liberating experiences.

Geshe Kelsang shows how all our problems originate from a deeply ingrained tendency to cherish oneself more than others. He explains simple methods to eradicate this stultifying perspective and replace it with a genuine wish to cherish others – the source of all goodness and happiness in this world.