In-Depth Study Programmes

Foundation Programme and Teacher Training Programme

If you are looking to deepen your meditation practice and understanding of Buddhist teachings then KMC Wales offers two in-depth study programmes which are open to everyone – the Foundation Programme and the Teacher Training Programme.

The Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme (FP) is the perfect next step for those who have enjoyed attending drop-in meditation sessions.

Foundation Programme 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. The classes are systematic and interactive and students will find that their knowledge and wisdom grows week by week as a result.

FP 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 current book being studied is ‘New Eight Steps to Happiness’.  The emphasis is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s teachings that you can apply to your daily life.

The New Eight Steps to Happiness

by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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 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

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Enrolment and Trial sessions

Foundation Programme is not a drop-in class. Enrolment is required and involves trying to attend all the classes, one of which is an end-of-year exam.

A four week trial is a great chance to try FP. The first taster class is free and the next three taster classes you are able to pay on an individual basis (£6 per 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 epc@meditationinwales.org

When

Thursday evenings, 7 to 9pm

Price

Study Membership – £30 monthly

Fee includes access to all other week-day and weekend classes and courses at KMC Wales and it’s branches

Where

In-person at KMC Wales and Online

Class Structure

Each class lasts two hours and consists of short chanted prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion.

Teacher

The Teacher for Foundation Programme is Sue Jenkins. A dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for 40 years, Sue has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for many years.  Her practical and warm-hearted  approach to integrating Buddhas’ advice into daily life makes her teachings very accessible.

The Teacher Training Programme

Teacher Training Programme (TTP), offers practitioners of Kadampa Buddhism the opportunity to deepen their study to gain practical experience of both Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings. TTP gives us great confidence in our own practice and in our ability to explain Kadam Dharma to others.

The programme consists of teachings, meditations, discussion and teaching skills classes providing a multi-faceted approach to the development of authentic spiritual experience. Students on TTP also engage in several retreats scheduled during the year.

TTP involves enrolment and students on the programme are required to observe several commitments including attending all the teaching and discussion classes as well as sit examinations.

TTP is taught by Kadam Paul and takes place on Sunday mornings from 9am to 1pm. The current book being studied is New Heart of Wisdom. For more information please contact epc@meditationinwales.org