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GENERAL PROGRAM

The General Program (GP) is taught at every center for Modern Kadampa Buddhism and is an ideal starting point for those interested to find out more about the practical application of Buddhism and meditation to modern life.

It consists of a wide range of events from regular weekly classes and entry level courses to Tantric empowerments and long retreats. All the teachings are based on books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

All GP classes are open to everyone. Anyone, even non-Buddhists, can benefit from these classes, which include practical subjects such as how to use meditation to solve our anger problem, which lies at the root of many family problems. This activity is completely peaceful and joyful and is very important as protection against future suffering.

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$80 FP Subscription

FOUNDATION PROGRAM

The purpose of the Foundation Program (FP) is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

FIVE SUBJECTS

The 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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Foundation Program takes approximately five years to complete.

$95 TTP Subscription

TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Teacher Training Program takes approximately twelve years to complete.

 

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The dues for FP and TTP are prorated over the year, with the expectation that payments continue during breaks such as summer break and the holidays.

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Payee Name: Kadampa Meditation Center
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Support Temples Worldwide

Kadampa Meditation Center Washington is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Center is run by volunteers and all activities are dedicated to the development of world peace. Funds raised through classes and events go toward maintenance and rental of class facilities and to the International Temples Project Fund (ITP), an international charity which supports the development of Temples and Centers around the world.

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FAQ

Answers to your supporter questions

A: The cost depends upon whether you support the General Program or join one of the structured study programs. Please contact the Education Program Coordinator at education@meditateinseattle.org if you have questions about which support level is right for you.

A: You can sign up to become a supporter of Kadampa Meditation Center Washington at any time! To begin the payment process, please email the Administrative Director at admin@meditateinseattle.org.

A: Right away! You can use your supporter status to attend classes and save on upcoming events as soon as you register.

A: Yes. Becoming a supporter is part of enrolling in the Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program. In appreciation of your monthly support, attendance at drop-in classes and savings on other events are included with enrollment in a structured study program.

A: Yes, as a supporter you can attend all drop-in classes at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington and all neighborhood branch classes.

A: No. While Kadampa Meditation Center Washington is part of a global organization, each Center is an independent entity. Your monthly support gives you access only to classes and events directly affiliated with and organized by Kadampa Meditation Center Washington.

A: No. Supporter benefits apply to one adult member only and are not transferable.

A: Yes. Children may attend Dharma for Kids on Sunday mornings free of charge.

A: When you attend a drop-in class, please give the greeter your name and let them know that you are a supporter.

A: To cancel, please send an email to admin@meditateinseattle.org with your request with two weeks of notice.