The Foundation Program
September 2018 enrolment
Starting Monday, Sept 10, 6:30pm in Abbotsford and Wednesday, Sept 19, 5:45pm in Vernon we are beginning a new section of the book How to Understand the Mind.
This section begins with the chapters on ‘wrong awarenesses’ and ‘valid cognizers’ which explain the psychology behind meditation and how we make spiritual progress. The final chapter, ‘Meditation’, gives us the opportunity to study and meditate on 14 essential lamrim meditations.
If you would like to try this program, you are welcome to attend a free taster session on Monday, 10 September, 6:30pm in Abbotsford, or Wednesday, 19 September, 5:45pm in Vernon.
When & where
Dates, times & locations
Vernon at The Kindale Building (Downtown Vernon) 3322 31st. Ave.
September 20 – December 13
Special opportunity arising in February 2019
- We will begin studying the essential Kadampa text, Meaningful to Behold, along with its much loved root text, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
- Enjoy the company of a group of motivated and sincere students
- Take advantage of a morning class, when our mind is more alert!
- Progress faster with this 2 class per week program: 9-11am and 11:30am-1pm on Wednesdays
The Foundation Program provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts:
1 Joyful Path of Good Fortune– a commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
2 Universal Compassion– a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points.
3 The New Eight Steps to Happiness– a commentary to Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind.
4 The New Heart of Wisdom– a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
5 Meaningful to Behold– a commentary to Bodhisattva Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
6 How to Understand the Mind– a detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga.
Abbotsford FP – Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm
Vernon FP – Wednesdays, 5:45-8pm
Cost $75 per month for a Centre Card, which includes free and discounted entry to many other classes
Commitment Students sign up for one year at a time and undertake to keep the following commitments to the best of their ability: to attend every class, to memorize the relevant material, to take a test at the end of the year.
For more information about the program contact firstname.lastname@example.org
General Program Centre Card: $50 per month
Foundation Program Centre Card: $75 per month
~Free entry to meditation classes at the main Centre, branch classes in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys, Saturday morning workshops and urban retreats
~Reduced rates on special events, day courses, weekend courses, in-house retreats and empowerments
~Foundation Program Centre Card includes the FP study program as well