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.
If you are interested in joining please contact our Foundation Program Coordinator, Lisa at [email protected]
ABOUT THIS BOOK
How To Understand The Mind – The Nature and Power of the Mind By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Fundamental to the entire Buddhist way of life is the teaching that everything depends upon the mind. The world we experience is the result of our karma, or actions, and all our actions of body, speech, and mind originate in the mind. To change our world we have to start by changing our mind, and this depends upon first gaining an thorough understanding of the mind and how it works. In Understanding the Mind, Geshe Kelsang provides a comprehensive explanation of the different types of mind and functions of mind.
Though dealing with a profound and complex subject, this book is immensely practical, at every turn offering clear advice on how we can use our understanding of the mind to improve the quality of our lives and eventually to attain the true mental freedom of enlightenment.
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 $75/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
MORE QUESTIONS? Email us at [email protected]