Foundation Programme – Thursday

In-depth study of Kadampa Buddhism

Day and Time:
Thursday evenings: 7:30-9:00pm STARTS 28th APRIL 2022

Venue:
Atisha Kadampa Meditation Centre
81 Victoria Road, Darlington DL1 5JQ  Click here for a map


Enjoy an incredible, structured class to deepen our knowledge and experience of the teachings through a specially designed study programme. It's the ideal next step after attending our drop-in classes. 

The programme and students both employ a systematic approach to study; the classes go through one book in detail, page by page, and the students undertake to attend every class.

The classes are also live-streamed so students can join online if not able to attend in-person, and a link to an audio recording is sent out after each class.

If you would like to try Foundation Programme (FP) you can come along between April and Summer and try it out. Please contact us if you'd like to attend by emailing epc@meditationindarlington.org

Class Dates:

date session
Thu 28 Apr teaching
Thu 5 May teaching
Thu 12 May teaching
Thu 19 May group discussion
Thu 26 May teaching
Thu 2 Jun teaching
Thu 9 Jun no class - Spring Festival
Thu 16 Jun no class - Spring Festival
Thu 23 Jun teaching
Thu 30 Jun teaching
Thu 7 Jul teaching
Thu 14 Jul teaching
Thu 21 Jul group discussion

(These dates maybe subject to change. Please keep in contact with the EPC / FP monitor.)

email: epc@meditationindarlington.org
or phone: 01325 365265


What happens at a class?

in a meditation class discussionThe class begins with beautiful prayers and a guided meditation. The teacher then reads from the book while explaining in detail how to apply the instructions to solve our everyday problems. Afterwards the students divide into pairs to discuss the section. The teacher and students then conclude by deciding together what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice what has been learnt during the week.

Every few classes we have a group discussion where students review the pages covered in the recent classes and discuss any questions that may have arisen.

How much will it cost?

Payment for FP is by becoming a member, a standing order of £35 per month is made.
Being a member means you can come to any weekly meditation classes for free. Retreats and guided retreat sessions, guided chanted meditations are all free to members, and your children can go to the children's class for free. Plus it's free for all the one-off special meditation courses, such as day courses (excluding empowerments).

Between April and July you can choose to either become a member or try a few classes for £6 per class


The Teacher

This class is taught by our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Chogma


We are currently studying How to Understand the Mind. This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives.

 

The Foundation Programme studies six books in rotation:

  • Eight Steps to Happiness – a commentary to Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind.
  • Joyful Path of Good Fortune – a commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
  • Meaningful to Behold – a commentary to Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
  • Universal Compassion – a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points.
  • The New Heart of Wisdom – a commentary to the Heart Sutra. By studying this book we have the opportunity to gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping, which is the root of all our suffering.
  • How to Understand the Mind – a detailed explanation of the mind based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga.