Foundation Program (FP)

Join us as we study Meaningful to Behold.

Wednesdays 6:30pm-9pm with Rebecca Gauthier

Foundation 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.

Wednesday, April 17th 7pm-9pm Introduction to the Foundation Program
Wednesday, April 24th
Wednesday, May 1st
Wednesday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 15th
Wednesday, May 22nd

Wednesday, May 29th Melodious Drum Puja 5pm

Wednesday, June 5th
Wednesday, June 12th
Wednesday, June 19th

Wednesday, June 26th

Wednesday, July 3rd NO CLASS
Wednesday, July 10th Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Wednesday, July 17th
Wednesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 31st NO CLASS – Summer Break

Wednesday, August 7th NO CLASS – Summer Break
Wednesday, August 14th NO CLASS – Summer Break
Wednesday, August 21st NO CLASS Summer Break

Wednesday, August 28th

Wednesday, September 4th
Wednesday, September 11th
Wednesday, September 18th

Wednesday, September 25th Offering to the Spiritual Guide

FALL TERM:

Wednesday, October 9th
Wednesday, October 16th
Wednesday, October 23rd

Wednesday, October 30th

Wednesday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 13th
Wednesday, November 20th

Wednesday, November 27th NO CLASS – Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 4th
Wednesday, December 11th
Wednesday, December 18th

Wednesday, December 25th NO CLASS

Wednesday, January 1st NO CLASS
Wednesday, January 8th
Wednesday, January 15th

Wednesday, January 22nd