Foundation Program

how to understand the mind

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Mondays in Guelph @ AKBC • 6:45 PM – 9pm

Our study program – the Foundation Program (FP) is an in-depth program designed for people who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of essential Buddhist commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.  This study program was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche as a means to facilitate the development of our unlimited spiritual potential. This class is a perfect opportunity to engage in discussion and meditation with fellow students. Anyone can join and experience the great benefits of being part of this regular study program. As a result of systematic study, meditation and discussion, we can improve our good heart, our wisdom, and our cherishing of others by going deeper into our study and meditation practice.

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Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Through the kindness of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who has updated the commentaries of these teachings into a presentation for the modern world, we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle.

In May we will begin studying a new section of How to Understand the Mind – the nature and power of the mind.

We invite everyone to attend our open house class on May 6. Classes are in person but those who live a long distance from the Centre may be able to attend online.  This section will continue until November 2024 with some time off during the summer and on holiday Mondays.

For those who are unable to attend at the Centre, it is possible to also attend the class online with livestream and participate in the class via Zoom.

You can join a class at any time. Everyone is welcome to sit in on one class in each section.  We do require students to attend at least one General Program series before enrolling.

If you would like to sit in on a class or join our class online,  please email fp@akbc.ca.

Foundation Program Frequently asked questions

If you have been attending our drop-in General Program classes regularly and would like to engage in more meditation and discussion to gain deep realizations of the spiritual path, the Foundation Program is for you. You are welcome to attend and sit in for the first two classes before joining. Upon joining the class, we ask that you attend all the classes in this section. We have classes every Monday, except holiday Mondays. All classes held at AKBC are included in your Foundation Program membership,  so you can drop-in to any General Program class or course, at any time, and deepen your Dharma experience.

The next term of  Foundation Program of How to Understand the Mind will begin with an Open House class on May 6, 2024. 

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Foundation Program FAQ

A) Foundation Program is from 6:45 – 9 pm on Monday evenings, except for holiday Mondays. There is some time off on Mondays in December and for two Mondays in August.

A) Terms cover a section of a book – approximately 100 pages. Each term is roughly 6 months – usually from April to October or November, and from October to April.

Foundation Program

This study program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche:

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

Benefits of the program

The benefits of studying and practicing these texts are as follows:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress on and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, the Stages of the Path, or Lamrim, is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like its limbs.

Universal Compassion and The New Eight  Steps to Happiness – we gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life and solve all our human problems.

The New Heart of Wisdom – we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping that is the root of all our suffering.

Meaningful to Behold – we transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.

How to Understand the Mind – we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.

No. The Foundation Program in not a drop-in class but requires enrolment to study this section of the book. You will need to become a Foundation Program (Level 2) Member to attend the Foundation Program. This will also give you unlimited access to all classes offered at AKBC.

A) Yes. To attend the Foundation Program you will need to become a Foundation Program (Level 2) member. You can request membership on our membership page. As a Foundation Program member, you can attend Foundation Program and all meditation classes, and courses for one monthly membership fee.

A) Before enrolling you are welcome to sit in on a class to try out the program. Everyone is welcome to sit in on one class in each section to see what the Foundation Program is about. If you choose to enrol, we there is a short pre-registration interview.

We ask students to attend at least one General Program series before enrolling.

If you would like to try out a class, please contact the Foundation Program Coordinator at fp@akbc.ca to set up a date.

A) From September 2022, the Foundation Program is offered in-person. However, there is an opportunity for those in our area who live at a distance to join us online. To enquire, please contact education@akbc.ca.

A) Yes. Before enrolling in Foundation Program, we encourage you to try out a class. We have an Open House class at the beginning of each section that everyone is invited to attend. However, you can sit in on a class at any time.

A) Yes. You can join the Foundation Program at any time during the section. We have an Open House class at the beginning of each section that everyone is invited to attend. However, if you would like to join mid-section, you are also welcome to. Please contact fp@akbc.ca for details.

We do ask that students attend at least one General Program series before enrolling in the class.

A) When you enrol in the Foundation Program, you commit to attending every class, engaging Centre organized prayers at least once a month, and writing an exam based on this section of book.

A) You will have to open up a Level 2 membership to attend the Foundation Program. The fee is $75 a month. This membership will cover all Foundation Program classes, all drop-in classes, courses and retreat held at the Centre. You can sign up at the Centre with the Foundation Program Coordinator, or if you are a distance student, the Foundation Program Coordinator will send you the membership information.

For other payment information please contact membership@akbc.ca.

FAQ Foundation program
FAQ Foundation program

A) Foundation Program is from 6:45 – 9 pm on Monday evenings, except for holiday Mondays. There is some time off on Mondays in December and for two Mondays in August.

A) Terms cover a section of a book – approximately 100 pages. Each term is roughly 6 months – usually from April to October or November, and from October to April.

Foundation Program

This study program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche:

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

Benefits of the program

The benefits of studying and practicing these texts are as follows:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune – we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress on and complete the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, the Stages of the Path, or Lamrim, is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like its limbs.

Universal Compassion and The New Eight  Steps to Happiness – we gain the ability to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life and solve all our human problems.

The New Heart of Wisdom – we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping that is the root of all our suffering.

Meaningful to Behold – we transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.

How to Understand the Mind – we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.

No. The Foundation Program in not a drop-in class but requires enrolment to study this section of the book. You will need to become a Foundation Program (Level 2) Member to attend the Foundation Program. This will also give you unlimited access to all classes offered at AKBC.

A) Yes. To attend the Foundation Program you will need to become a Foundation Program (Level 2) member. You can request membership on our membership page. As a Foundation Program member, you can attend Foundation Program and all meditation classes, and courses for one monthly membership fee.

A) Before enrolling you are welcome to sit in on a class to try out the program. Everyone is welcome to sit in on one class in each section to see what the Foundation Program is about. If you choose to enrol, we there is a short pre-registration interview.

We ask students to attend at least one General Program series before enrolling.

If you would like to try out a class, please contact the Foundation Program Coordinator at fp@akbc.ca to set up a date.

A) From September 2022, the Foundation Program is offered in-person. However, there is an opportunity for those in our area who live at a distance to join us online. To enquire, please contact education@akbc.ca.

A) Yes. Before enrolling in Foundation Program, we encourage you to try out a class. We have an Open House class at the beginning of each section that everyone is invited to attend. However, you can sit in on a class at any time.

A) Yes. You can join the Foundation Program at any time during the section. We have an Open House class at the beginning of each section that everyone is invited to attend. However, if you would like to join mid-section, you are also welcome to. Please contact fp@akbc.ca for details.

We do ask that students attend at least one General Program series before enrolling in the class.

A) When you enrol in the Foundation Program, you commit to attending every class, engaging Centre organized prayers at least once a month, and writing an exam based on this section of book.

A) You will have to open up a Level 2 membership to attend the Foundation Program. The fee is $75 a month. This membership will cover all Foundation Program classes, all drop-in classes, courses and retreat held at the Centre. You can sign up at the Centre with the Foundation Program Coordinator, or if you are a distance student, the Foundation Program Coordinator will send you the membership information.

For other payment information please contact membership@akbc.ca.

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