The Foundation Programme gives you a special opportunity to engage in a structured study and meditation program on the essential teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path at Bodhisattva KMC. In this way we are able to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress.
The benefits of Foundation Programme
Studying on Foundation Programme has many benefits for everyone including:
• Deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings
• A positive outlook on life & better relationships
• Improved concentration and focus in daily life
• Less stress, worry & anxiety
• Greater inner peace & happiness
• Increased confidence & self-esteem
• Greater sense of purpose in life
What is currently being studied on Foundation Programme
We are currently studying How To Understand The Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This remarkable book (in three parts) offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives. Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
The Teacher of Foundation Programme
The classes are taught by Kelsang Chodor. He is a close disciple of Geshe-la and has studied and practised Buddhism for many years. He is much loved for his relaxed and gentle nature and teaches with great clarity, insight and wisdom, skilfully guiding people to inner peace and happiness in their lives.
When are the classes?
There are several classes held each month on Sundays, between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.
The fee for enrolling on FP is £35 per month for the duration of the course including term breaks. The course can last between 6 – 12 months depending on the book or section of book being studied. Your FP member fee includes free entrance to any Beginner’s Evening Classes, Evening Classes, ½ Day Course, Day Courses, Special Retreats and Weekend Meditation Retreats at Bodhisattva Centre (excluding meals).
Interested in joining?
If you wish to join Foundation Programme please contact us and we will arrange for you to attend a free ‘taster session’ on Sundays. This will give you an opportunity to find out more about the course and consider if it is something you would like to join.