SUNDAY MORNING: In-depth study – Foundation Programme

Sundays | 10am – 12pm
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Nyingpo (sometimes this class will be taught by other teachers)

Venue: 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 New Heart of Wisdom. 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 – New Heart of Wisdom – will take approximately 8 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?

New Heart of wisdom by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
By revealing the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras – this book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.

Trial month

New study course starting 17th September. To attend the one month trial (runs 17th September to 16th October) please book below. The cost of the four week trial is £40 and during the trial you are welcome to attend all the other classes and events at the Centre for free (excludes social events, fundraisers and food at workshops)

At the end of the trial we will contact you to see if you would like to continue on the programme. If you continue the programme the monthly fee is £40 by standing order.

Book trial month

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