Foundation Programme

Foundation Program

The Foundation Program provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – a commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
Universal Compassion – a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points.
Eight Steps to Happiness – a commentary to Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind.
The New Heart of Wisdom – a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
Meaningful to Behold – a commentary to Venerable Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
How to Understand the Mind – a detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga.

 The Foundation Programme is currently studying Joyful Path of Good Fortune,

 The Benefits

• Deeper understanding of the meditations

• Structure to help establish a regular meditation practice

• More support for your spiritual growth

• An opportunity to discuss and ask questions

• Gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives and solve all our human problems

Who Should Attend this Program

The Foundation Program class is open to everyone but it is highly recommended to students who want to deepen their understanding of Buddhism so they can progress in their spiritual path in accordance to Buddha’s teachings.

The Classes

The Foundation Programme class is once a week on Saturdays at 1:00 to 5:00pm. When you enrol for the programme you are enrolling to complete the study of the complete book. However there are many breaks throughout the year for holidays etc.

Fees: P500 per calendar month throughout the year.

You are welcome to apply to join at any time.

If you think the Foundation Programme is suitable for you, please contact or call tel: 928•550•4773

What Happens at a class

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding how to practice during the coming week.