Study Programmes in Manchester
For the current ‘General Programme’ classes in and around Manchester, visit the page for weekly drop-in meditation classes around Manchester. General Programme classes introduce basic Buddhist teachings and practices to help people deepen their knowledge and experience of Modern Buddhism and meditation.
If you are interested in Foundation Programme classes in Manchester, either visit the page for classes in Chorlton on Sunday or the page for classes in Chorlton on Wednesday evening. 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.
About the Three Kadampa Study Programmes
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 Programme, Foundation Programme, and Teacher Training Programme.
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!
For more information about the three Kadampa Study Programmes, please visit the relevant pages of our website (as mentioned above) or email the Centre: email@example.com