THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM

If you have been attending weekily drop-in classes for a while and would like to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation and Kadampa Buddhism then why not think about joining our Foundation Program (FP).  On FP you will have an opportunity to study one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatsos texts in more detail and engage in paired and group discussions to deepen your experience.  We offer a FREE taster session for anyone who is interested so that you can try out this program and see if it is for you.  See below for details of the books and days we currently run these classes.

If you are interested please contact our Education Program Co-ordinator: epc@kmcmanchester.org or 0161 861 7012.

Please Note: FP is not a drop-in class, students to commit to attend each week.

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.”

We have two FP’s who are just starting to study this book

VENUE:
at our Centre in Chorlton, 76 High Lane, M21 9XF
DAYS & TIMES:
Wednesday 6.30 - 9.30pm 
or Sunday 10am - 1pm 
TEACHER:
Wednesday with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog 
& Sunday with Kadampa Teacher Jeff Simm
COST:  
£40 per month (includes all other classes, courses and special events)

THE NEW EIGHT STEPS TO HAPPINESS

“This inspiring book explains how to meditate on eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, which has inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years.  Composed bye the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.”

For people who have been attending weekly drop-in classes for a while, and wish to develop their understanding and experience of Kadampa meditation and Buddhism, this programme offers in-depth teaching and guidance.  The programme includes some commitments, but participants can book a free ‘taster’ class before deciding to join.

VENUE:
Our Centre in the City, 125 Portland St, M1 4QD
DAY & TIME:
Mondays, 6.30 - 9.30pm
TEACHER:
Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Lhachog
COST:
£40 per month (includes all other classes, courses and special events)

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.

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.

“A warm and welcoming environment”

Sarah

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

Sam

“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.”