In-Depth Study Programs
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world: the General Program (introductory), the Foundation Program (intermediate), and the Teacher Training Program (advanced).
General Program ~ Introductory level meditation classes
Our General Program classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. A typical class consists of a guided meditation to reduce stress, tension and distractions, followed by a short lecture in how to apply Buddhist principles into daily life. Time is allowed for questions and answers, and a final meditation.
These classes are open to everyone, and suitable for drop-in attendance, but can also form the basis for a systematic study of Buddhist practice. Please come whenever you like!
Foundation Program ~ Intermediate level meditation classes
The Foundation Program is an intermediate study program designed for those with some familiarity with meditation who would like to delve more deeply into the practice. It is a tried and tested program that has already helped many thousands of people around the world. We offer the Foundation Program (FP) at all our Centers.
The Foundation Program is a unique structured study program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and who wish to learn more. We meet each week during term times, and have regular term breaks and a longer break in the summer. Students are requested to enroll for a section of the text and commit to attend classes regularly and chanted prayers when possible.
Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers deep support for your spiritual life. In essence, it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle. By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace.
Teacher Training Program ~ Advanced level meditation classes
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is a 12-year course of study. The TTP is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Kadampa Buddhist teachers or simply to engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner.
It provides a systematic presentation of all the subjects of Mahayana Buddhism – both Sutra and Tantra – and forms a perfect basis for a strong daily practice and successful meditation retreats.
In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats. Through a deep and continuing commitment to the program of study, meditation, discussion and retreat, we can gain a profound and lasting experience of Buddha’s teachings, establish a strong meditation practice, and become a qualified teacher in our own right.