Foundation Program Class Continues
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm with Resident Teacher, Kadam Peter Kurczynski
Buddhism teaches that to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives we need to follow a spiritual path. To follow this path it is important to be connected with a qualified teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to belong to a strong spiritual community. These enable us to gain deep insight into the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, to maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and effective, and to make genuine spiritual progress.
Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to study, How to Understand the Mind, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives.Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that arms us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
What is the structure of the Foundation Program Class?
- Prior to each class, students study an assigned reading homework, usually a few pages long.
- Each class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation.
- The teacher reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text.
- The students 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.
- Over the course of time warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.
- Students sign-up to study for a period of time or for an entire text
- Students agree to try to attend each class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study
Class will not meet on the following dates:
- February 20
- April 10
- April 24 (Spring Festival)
- May 29