Introduction to Foundation Program
Sunday, January 5, 1–3:00PM
Free Introductory Class
If you have been coming to drop-in meditation classes for a while and want to take your practice to the next level, now is the time! We are starting a new Foundation Program series at KMC Austin and invite you to come to the Free Introductory Class, January 5. Find out more about the program and the book currently being studied. Learn about the purpose and benefits of regular study, the structure of the class, and the commitments of a student. For questions on joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Foundation Program?
Foundation Program (FP) offers a structured and thorough approach to learning modern Buddhism and taking meditation to a deeper level. The program works like this:
- Study one book at a time, going through each section slowly
- Meditate each week on what we studied the previous week
- Discuss in pairs, as well as a group, to share and learn from each other.
FP is perfect if you are wishing to take the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. For the strength of program, enrollment is required. If you are interested in joining, please email email@example.com
Still not sure if you want to join? You are welcome to sit in on a couple of classes before committing to see if it’s for you.
Current book being studied
How to Understand Mind This book gives a practical and uplifting step-by-step explanation on how to transform our mind from a negative state to a positive state through training in meditations on love, compassion, and wisdom. We will also learn how to transform our day-to-day activities ”even the most demanding and difficult situations ”into opportunities for personal and spiritual development.
$65/month, includes drop-in classes and 50% off workshops & courses
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 a 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.
About 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.
About 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 FP and TTP at our KMC Austin
Students make a commitment to attend and prepare for a weekly classes. The cost is $65 per month for FP or $75 per month for TTP. Please contact the study program coordinator if you are interested in joining. 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.