Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special Study Programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world: the General Program, Foundation Program, and Teacher Training Program.
WHY WE NEED TO STUDY
There are three reasons why we need to study and practice the teachings of Buddha:
To develop our wisdom
To cultivate a good heart
To maintain a peaceful state of mind
If we do not strive to develop our wisdom, we shall always remain ignorant of ultimate truth – the true nature of reality. Although we wish for happiness, our ignorance leads us to engage in non-virtuous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering.
If we do not cultivate a good heart, our selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace, and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful we are happy even if our external conditions are unpleasant.
Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness!
General Program classes are our weekly drop-in classes at the Center and our branches. No pre-registration is required and everyone is welcome.
Foundation Program is a committed study program for those wishing to systematically study Buddha's teachings through 6 of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books.
Teacher Training Program is also a committed study program for those who have been studying Kadampa Buddhism for some time and would like to train as a Kadampa teacher.