About our Study Programs:
The Foundation Program (FP)
The Foundation Program (FP) is for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddhism through systematic study and practice. In FP students receiving teachings, meditate, and discuss the text thoroughly. The program comprises of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The Teacher Training Program (TTP)
The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is an in-depth systematic study of twelve subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. TTP is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma teachers. In addition to completing the study of twelve texts of Sutra and Tantra, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.
Combined Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program at our Center in Austin
Students make a commitment to attend and prepare for a weekly class held on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30pm. The cost is $65 per month with FP commitments or $75 per month with TTP commitments. Please contact the center if you are interested in joining FP or TTP. This is an in depth study program and not a drop-in class. Enrollment is required. *** You can request to sign up for this study program with either FP or TTP commitments. ***
About the book: How To Understand The Mind – The Nature and Power of the Mind By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Fundamental to the entire Buddhist way of life is the teaching that everything depends upon the mind. The world we experience is the result of our karma, or actions, and all our actions of body, speech, and mind originate in the mind. To change our world we have to start by changing our mind, and this depends upon first gaining an thorough understanding of the mind and how it works. In Understanding the Mind, Geshe Kelsang provides a comprehensive explanation of the different types of mind and functions of mind.
Though dealing with a profound and complex subject, this book is immensely practical, at every turn offering clear advice on how we can use our understanding of the mind to improve the quality of our lives and eventually to attain the true mental freedom of enlightenment.