FOUNDATION PROGRAM (FP)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Text of Study
Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Gen Kelsang Tangpa
Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center
231 E Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92705
The purpose of the Foundation Program (FP) is:
To provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.
Foundation Program is for students that have a deep appreciation for Buddha’s teachings having gained experience in the General Program (GP) Classes. When joining FP, you commit to completing the text that is being studied (or a section of the text if it is one of the longer ones). The length of the course will therefore depend on many factors, but we can say with confidence that “Joyful Path of Good Fortune” will likely take about 3 nine month terms to complete. The students make a commitment to complete one term.
The book “Joyful Path of Good Fortune” offers step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. The text explains the Complete Buddhist Path to Enlightenment.
The Foundation Program has weekly reading assignments from the text. The class includes discussions and meditations on the week’s readings. Students are required to memorize the condensed meaning of the text. As a class we analyze the text word by word, paragraph by paragraph in order to gain a deep inner experience of the teachings.
If you’ve been attending the General Program classes at the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center, or a branch location, joining the Foundation Program is the next step in deepening your practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. FP classes are similar in format and depth to college-level classes. The program is based on a systematic study of six Kadampa Buddhist texts written by NKT founder Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. These include: Joyful Path of Good Fortune, Universal Compassion, Eight Steps to Happiness, The New Heart of Wisdom, Meaningful to Behold, and How to Understand the Mind. Classes are taught by Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Tangpa.
These classes include: • Guided meditations • Commentary to the text by the teacher • Group discussion • Question & answer opportunities • The company of like-minded spiritual friends
About the Program
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche:
- The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
- Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
- The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
- Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
- Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind
- To complete the study of all the subjects without interruption.
- To attend every class unless work, family commitments or health issues prevent it.
- To maintain a daily meditation practice.
- To study and memorize the essential points of each subject.
- To prepare well for each class so discussion partners efforts are respected.
- To sit the examination at the end of each course.
- To attend a group puja at the Center or attend a General Program class each week.
- To be a good example to others in your daily life.
In addition each student is expected to join in practically helping Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center to flourish by assisting at center cherishing, day courses or retreats from time to time.
Cost: $75/month (12 months/year) includes these FP classes and unlimited GP classes.
*Note: FP is not a drop-in class and enrollment is required. People are generally required to have attended GP (drop-in) classes for a minimum of 6-months before joining the Foundation Program. If you are interested in joining, please email Gen Tangpa the Resident Teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org
“If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why the spiritual programs offered by the New Kadampa Tradition are so important.”
~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche