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Foundation Study Program

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The Foundation Program offers a structured approach to learning Buddhist meditation through the study of a particular book. Through in-depth study and practice, it helps us close the gap between the inspiring teachings we hear at the Centre and practising them in our daily life. We learn how to integrate all the meditation practices and wisdom advice from Buddha into our normal daily life. In this way we gradually find a deep inner peace and happiness in our lives.

By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation—from simple Buddhist techniques for developing inner peace, to the profound insights which lead to lasting wisdom and joy.

At Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington in Island Bay we have two separate Foundation Programmes: one runs on Wednesday evenings and the other on Sunday afternoons.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
“By relying on the Three Study Programmes (General Programme, Foundation Programme and Teacher Training Programme) we can gradually increase our wisdom until it is completely mature, like a full moon. With this kind of wisdom we will have a firm, stable confidence when teaching Dharma to others.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Foundation Program

Join us on the Foundation Program (FP) as we study the text How to Understand the Mind. 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.

The book 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.

To find out more or to register for a trial please contact our Education Programme Coordinator.

Teacher Training Program

The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is for those wishing to become qualified Kadampa Buddhist teachers. From May 2022 we will be studying The New Guide to Dakini Land which is a comprehensive guide to the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha of wisdom. It provides a detailed and practical explanation of the two stages of Vajrayogini practice — generation stage and completion stage — and shows how we can integrate these practices into our daily life, thereby transforming every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. It is a unique guide to becoming a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world.
Please contact our Education Programme Coordinator for further information about this program.

Questions?

foundation program FAQs

The Foundation Program fee is $85 per month. By joining the Foundation Program, you will enjoy the benefits of Centre membership. This entitles you to free access to all classes at the Centre and discounts on certain events.

Joining FP involves studying an entire book or section and trying to attend all classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, guided meditation, teaching and discussion. FP is open to everyone and you can join at any point in the year. 

To find out more or to register for a trial please contact us at education@meditateinwellington.org 

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