Foundation Programme

The purpose of the Foundation Programme is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

Book studied: UNIVERSAL COMPASSIONuniversal-compassion-cover

*** This is not a drop-in class. Please email education@meditateinedinburgh.org to schedule a taster class

Monday evenings

Venue: 172 Leith Walk, EH6 5EA

Time: 7-9pm

Class dates 2019: 
Apr 29
May 6, 13, 20
June 3, 10 – end of studies on ‘Universal Compassion’
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Special opportunity to receive Teachings on Heart Jewel practice:
June 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22
**Summer break **

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states. Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems – even the most demanding and difficult conditions – into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.

These classes form part of the Foundation Programme (FP) of Kadampa Buddhism and provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding and practice of the spiritual path through a dynamic combination of teaching, meditation and group discussion.
 
The evening will begin with some preparatory practices and a guided meditation. This will be followed by a teaching introducing the Buddhist path to enlightenment based on Universal Compassion and a brief discussion in pairs about the ideas raised.

You can purchase the book when you attend the class or online from here.

The purpose of the Foundation Programme is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

Benefits of Foundation Programme

  • Increased personal insight, wisdom and experience of Dharma (Buddha’s teachings)
  • Studying and meditating more effectively following a specially-designed programme and qualified meditation teacher
  • An opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  • Gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s instructions into busy modern life.

Commitments of Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme is not a drop-in class. Enrolment is required and we ask that everyone who enrols:

  • has a sincere personal commitment to try to attend each class
  • will commit to at least 3 months after having one or two taster sessions
  • will prepare for each class by studying and memorising to the best of your ability the essential points of the text for that class (including the condensed meaning)

FP students are asked to inform the FP Co-ordinator in advance if they are unable to attend a class for a special reason. This will help the organisation of the classes and allow discussion partners to be re-arranged.

Fees and How to Enrol

£34.95 per month

Your FP membership includes:

  • All regular courses, classes and retreats held at the centre and all our branch classes.
  • Foundation Programme and weekend courses
  • 30% discount for empowerments.

If you have any questions about joining the Foundation Programme please email the Education Programme Coordinator at education@meditateinedinburgh.org