Study Programs in Meditation and Modern Buddhism in Houston
TRY IT OUT!
Foundation Program offered at Kadampa Meditation Centre Houston consists of systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism suited to the modern world. We are happy to announce that we offer this program on Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30pm in *Montrose.
For those who wish to delve more deeply into the teachings, anyone interested in trying out the program may attend two consecutive classes, before deciding whether or not to join the ongoing study class.
A new semester of the Foundation Program is beginning Tuesday September 11. This is a great time for new people to join the program.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The New Eight Steps to Happiness is a detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Venerable Geshe-la re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!
WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR
“Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfill these wishes through understanding and practicing the instructions given in this book.”
– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend each class, learn the material, and take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two and a half hours.
If, for a suitable reason, a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to a podcast of the class. Generally, the students take turns putting up the shrine offerings and setting up the meditation room on the day of their class. In this way they learn about the rituals associated with Buddhist practice.
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 what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.
WHEN IS THE CLASS?
Class meets once a week, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Joining FP requires becoming a Foundation Member, at $65/month. As an added benefit to this membership level, all General Program classes are included. Your membership also helps to ensure that the center remains financially strong so that the classes can continue.
All profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.
WHAT BOOKS ARE STUDIED?
The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. When joining an FP class, the student commits to complete the study of one of these books.
FIVE SUBJECTS: The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind
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