Foundation Program (FP)

Join us as we study How to Understand the Mind.

Wednesdays 6:30pm-9pm with Rebecca Gauthier

book-htutm-frnt_2Foundation Program is ideal for those who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhism through General Program classes, but who wish to learn more and make a deeper commitment to their practice. Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the FP offers support and structure to our spiritual life. This program affords an opportunity to gain authentic experience of Dharma without abandoning our modern lifestyle. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

The success of the program lies in the manageable commitment made by the student, and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend each class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two and a half hours.

What Happens at a Class?

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages, and remember the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

How Do I Join?

Students may attend one classe before deciding to formally join the FP. Enrolling in FP means you become a ‘supporting member’ of TKBC and all other regular classes and retreats are included with your monthly $75 membership.

The Curriculum

Fundamental to the entire Buddhist way of life is the teaching that everything depends upon the mind. The world we experience is the result of our karma, or actions, and all our actions of body, speech, and mind originate in the mind. To change our world we have to start by changing our mind, and this depends upon first gaining an thorough understanding of the mind and how it works. In How to Understand the Mind, Geshe Kelsang provides a comprehensive explanation of the different types of mind and functions of mind. Though dealing with a profound and complex subject, this book is immensely practical, at every turn offering clear advice on how we can use our understanding of the mind to improve the quality of our lives and eventually to attain the true mental freedom of enlightenment.

The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

Five subjects

The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary
Joyful Path of Good Fortune;
2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion
and Eight Steps to Happiness;
3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary Heart of Wisdom;
4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold;
5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary Understanding the Mind.

Interested?

Students wishing to join FP must first observe classes and talk with our Education Program Coordinator. To find out more about the Foundation Program classes at TKBC, to arrange to observe a class, or to join, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at: epc@meditateinwestlake.org

Schedule:

Nov 1st 
Nov 8th Discussion
Nov 15th
Nov 22nd No Class

Dec 13th Discussion

Dec 20th Review
Dec 27th No Class
Jan 3rd No Class Vajrayogini Day Quick Path to Great Bliss with tsog 630pm
Jan 10th Lamrim Retreat KMC Grand Canyon
Jan 17th Introduction to the Foundation Program – New Heart of Wisdom