The Perfect Next Step
The Foundation Programme is the perfect next step for those who have enjoyed attending drop-in meditation sessions. The Foundation Programme (FP) is a tried and tested way to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress.
Why join FP?
Foundation Programme provides an opportunity to engage in systematic study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The emphasis in the classes, which consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion, is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s teachings that you can apply to your daily life.
“By studying on FP we naturally increase
our Dharma wisdom and improve our ability
to benefit others”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
What does an FP Class include?
Each class lasts two hours and consists of short chanted prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. The classes are systematic and interactive and students will find that their knowledge and wisdom grows week by week as a result.
What book is being studied?
Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, The New Eight Steps to Happiness reveals essential methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. This inspiring book helps us to develop universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others.
The oral transmission of the book, combined with teachings, guided meditations and discussion, will build our confidence to apply Dharma in daily life. By doing this consistently, we will joyfully turn our initial insights into actual realisations of Dharma.
Most of all, by building a connection with the teachings and spiritual friends, Foundation Programme is the perfect way to energise and sustain our spiritual life.
The New Eight Steps to Happiness can be purchased from Tharpa Publications.
“Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfil these wishes through understanding and practicing the instructions given in this book” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
The Teacher for Foundation Programme is Kadam Paul Jenkins, the Principal Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Wales.
Kadam Paul Jenkins is a dedicated student of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso who has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 35 years.
For many years a senior teacher at Manjushri KMC and recently Resident Teacher at Tara KMC, Kadam Paul is well known for the clarity and warmth of his teachings and has deep experience of practicing meditation and teaching Buddhism at all levels.
Born and raised in Wales and a fluent Welsh speaker, Kadam Paul’s relaxed and friendly approach helps students to easily take the teachings to heart and put them into practice in daily life.
If you decide to join the programme then the monthly subscription is £30 per month. This fee also includes free admission to all classes, courses and branches run by KMC Wales.
Thursday evenings, 7 to 9pm
4 Week Trial
A four week trial is a great chance to try FP. The first taster class is free with the next three taster classes you are able to pay on an individual basis (£6 per class).
After four classes students who wish to continue will enrol on the programme, which involves trying to attend all the classes, one of which is an end-of-year exam. Please note Foundation Programme is not a drop-in class.
If you would like to try the taster sessions or need further information then please contact our Education Programme Coordinator, Roland, via 01792 458245 or firstname.lastname@example.org