THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM  AND TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

If you have been attending weekly drop-in classes for a while and would like to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation and Kadampa Buddhism then why not consider joining our Foundation Program (FP) or Teacher Training Program (TTP).  On FP and TTP you will have an opportunity to study one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s texts in more detail and engage in paired and group discussions to deepen your experience. 

See below for details of the books and days we currently run these classes.

‘Taster classes’ can be booked to help discover if FP or TTP is suitable for you.  If you are interested please contact our Education Program Co-ordinator: kmcmanchester.epc@gmail.com

Please Note: FP and TTP are not a drop-in class, students commit to attend each week. To join our study programme, students also need to live within the Gtr Manchester area or have previously attended our drop-in classes.

The Foundation Program is a tried and tested way to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress through a systematic study of six texts:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – a commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
Universal Compassion – a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Traingin the Mind in Seven Points.
The New Eight Steps to Happiness – a commentary to Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind.
The New Heart of Wisdom – a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
Meaningful to Behold – a commentary to Venerable Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
How to Understand the Mind – a detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE MIND

 “This book offers

 us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives..”

VENUE:
In-Person* at our City Centre venue & also Live Streamed. (*Please confirm by email if you wish to attend 'in-person')
DAY & TIMES:
Mondays 6.30-8.30pm 

TEACHER:
Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog 

COST:  
£40 per month (includes all other classes, courses and special events)

THE NEW HEART OF WISDOM

“By revealing the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras – this book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.”

VENUE:
In-Person* at our Chorlton Centre. (*Please confirm by email if you wish to attend 'in-person')
DAY & TIMES:
Sundays 10am-12pm 

TEACHER:
Jeff Simm

COST:  
£40 per month (includes all other classes, courses and special events)

The purpose of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) is to provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified Teachers of Modern Buddhism.

TWELVE SUBJECTS

The program comprises the following twelve subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra 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 The New 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

6. Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar

7. Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss

8. The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow

9. Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra

10. Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary The New Guide to Dakini Land

11. Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths

12. The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana

MEANINGFUL TO BEHOLD

“The path of the Bodhisattva was exquisitely explained in the universally loved poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by 8th century master Shantideva. With this commentary by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem are revealed in full and made applicable for our time.”

VENUE:
In-Person* at our Chorlton Centre. (*Please confirm by email if you wish to attend 'in-person')
DAY & TIMES:
Wednesdays 6.30-9.30pm (7-9pm until restrictions are lifted)

TEACHER:
Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog

COST:  
£40 per month (includes all other classes, courses and special events)

FAQs

No.  Everyone is welcome.  These methods are applicable in our daily lives whatever our background or beliefs.

No.  The classes are all seated and you are welcome to sit on a chair or on a cushion on the floor.

Yes.  All of our classes are suitable for everyone.

No.  All of our classes are drop in.  However for half day courses and evening classes in the city there is a discount if you book in advance.

See our Membership and Prices menu for details of prices.

We are a not for profit charity.  All of the fees for classes cover the costs of running our Centres and go towards our International Temples Project.

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“I have noticed a wonderful improvement in my relationships with others and dealing with situations”

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“I always leave a bit happier and a little bit kinder to others and myself”

Janine

“It was thoroughly enjoyable and helped massively with opening my eyes to how this can be used to alleviate stress.”

“I left the session feeling very peaceful, with advice that hopefully I will be able to take forwards into my work and home life.”

“There is pretty much a class every day so I can always make it along.”