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
Our combined FP and TTP program is studying the text, “The New Eight Steps to Happiness”, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
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:
A detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Venerable Geshe-la re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!