Foundation Programme in Meditation & Buddhism (Brighton)

sprouting-plantOur Kadampa Buddhism study programmes give people the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth and structured approach to the practices of meditation and Buddhism. Through following traditional methods of study we can gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, develop a powerful meditation practice, and bring about a positive transformation in our mind. The programmes can be joined at any point and not necessarily at the beginning of a new course. The Foundation Programme is for those people who wish to build a solid foundation and experience of Buddhist teachings – including karma, life after death, impermanence, loving kindness, compassion and wisdom. This year we are running two Foundation Programme courses, giving people the flexibility to choose whichever is more suitable for you.

Course 1 : New 8 Steps to Happiness
Tuesdays 7.00 – 9.00 pm (beginning October 16)

This book gives a practical and uplifting step by step explanation on how we can transform our mind from a negative state into a positive state through training our mind in the meditations on love, compassion, and wisdom. We will also learn how we can transform our day-to-day lives -including even the most demanding and difficult situations – into opportunities for personal and spiritual development.

Course 2 : How To Understand The Mind (Part 2)
Sundays 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

UTMThis remarkable book offers us deep insight into our mind and reveals how we can use an understanding of the nature and functions of our mind to maintain a peaceful mind in daily life. Through understanding our mind we can identify those states that give rise to happiness and those that give rise to unhappiness and use Buddhist meditation to cultivate the former and overcome the latter.

The Teacher of Foundation Programme

All study programme classes at Bodhisattva KMC are taught by our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 24 years. He is much loved for his warmth and humour, and he shares with us a great wealth of knowledge, insight and wisdom.

How to attend & free taster classes

Sunday Foundation Programme

2 September, 9am:  A free introduction to the Foundation Programme and to Part 2 of the book “How to Understand the Mind”.  This will be followed by the first class of the programme which you can attend as a free taster class.   If you wish to continue with the programme after this, you will need to purchase the book, prepare for the class by studying the pages we will be covering each week, and try to attend each class.  At the end of the book, to allow us the opportunity to study the entire section as a whole, there is a test.

Tuesday Foundation Programme

16 October, 7pm: A free introduction to the Foundation Programme and to the new book we will be studying, “New Eight Steps to Happiness”.  This will be followed by the first class, October 23rd which you can attend as a free taster.  If you wish to continue with the programme after this, you will need to purchase the book, prepare for the class by studying the pages we will be covering each week, and try to attend each class.  At the end of the book, to allow us the opportunity to study the entire section as a whole, there is a test.

For more information, please email epc@meditateinbrighton.com.

The FP programme costs £20 per month (or you can invest in a Centre Card, which, in addition to your chosen study programme, includes all our classes, courses and retreats, for £38 per month).

The duration of Foundation Programme is approximately 6 – 12 months depending on the book that is being studied.

Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre is a member of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union (IKBU) and is a Registerd Charity No. 1016354.