Foundation Programme – In-Depth Study of Kadampa Buddhism
The Foundation Programme is designed for those who wish to take their study and practice of Buddhism a step further. The Foundation Programme (FP) provides systematic study, meditation and discussion on six essential Buddhist texts to deepen our understanding of Buddha’s teachings.
Systematic study each week is essential in developing and nurturing both our wisdom and compassion, which are necessary qualities leading to the lasting inner peace of a Buddha. By studying the essential Buddhist texts as presented by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we can internalise Buddha’s teachings and develop the qualities that enable us to become a source of peace and happiness for others and we can then be of real benefit to our family and friends, our society and our world.
“By studying on FP we naturally increase our Dharma wisdom and improve our ability to benefit others”
– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Each session is led by Kadam Mike Garside, our resident teacher, and includes preliminary prayers, guided meditation, teachings and transmission of the text, with discussion and dedication to conclude each session.
Students enroll for one book at a time, and commit to attending every class. It is possible to enroll at any time and a free trial is available, after which payment is by standing order on a monthly basis – £25 waged/£15 unwaged.
FP by correspondence
Under certain circumstances it is possible to do the FP by correspondence.
Kadam Mike Garside- The Centre’s Resident Teacher
The Resident Teacher at KMC Wales is Kadam Mike Garside – a dedicated disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the UK and Spain for over 30 years, living in many New Kadampa Tradition Centres during that time. Mike engaged in long retreat with Venerable Geshe-la at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre from 1986 to 1989 and contributed to the editing of many of his books. Mike is known amongst his students for his approachability, deeply insightful and inspiring teachings, and his love for meditation and exploring the meaning of the teachings through discussion. The Centre is extremely fortunate to be able to benefit from Mike’s wealth of practical meditative experience.
Enrolment on FP is on a ‘per text’ basis. It is possible to enrol at any time during the year and runs on Wednesdays from 7.00 – 9.00pm. If you unable to attend regularly FP it is possible to have the teachings sent through email to you if agreed prior to joining FP.
If you are interested in joining FP it is possible to have 3 session as free tasters then if you wish to continue there is a monthly standing order requirement of either £25 ( unwaged ) or £35 ( waged ) . This monthly payment is called a centre card which then enables you to attend any course at the centre with the exception of Empowerments, Dharma Celebrations and fund-raising events.
If you are interested in attending FP please contact our Education Programme Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Programme CoordinatorKadampa Meditation Centre, WalesSpringfield HouseFfynone RoadUplandsSwanseaSA1 6DETel: 01792 458 245Web: www.meditationinwales.org
Kadampa Meditation Centre, Wales
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