Wednesday Foundation Program

The New Eight Steps to Happiness

The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness

with Kelsang Oden

Wednesdays, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

 

“Everyone, whether religious or non-religious, is looking for happiness all the time and wants to be free from problems and suffering permanently. We can fulfil these wishes through understanding and practising the instructions given in this book.”

~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

 

Jan
23
Wed
Foundation Program class
Jan 23 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Jan
30
Wed
Foundation Program class
Jan 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Feb
6
Wed
Foundation Program class
Feb 6 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Feb
13
Wed
Foundation Program class
Feb 13 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Feb
20
Wed
Foundation Program class
Feb 20 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Feb
27
Wed
Foundation Program class
Feb 27 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Mar
6
Wed
Foundation Program class
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.

 

Mar
13
Wed
Foundation Program class
Mar 13 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

with Kelsang Oden

(Please note, pre-registration is required for this class.)

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle. By studying on this program we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

What is the structure?
The secret of the Foundation Program’s success lies in the manageable commitment made by the student and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend every class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. If for a suitable reason a student is not able to attend the class in person, he or she agrees to catch up by listening to an audio recording of the class. There is also a commitment to participate in at least one chanted prayer session at the Centre per week.

What happens at a class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and memorize the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What books are studied?
The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary, Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Training the Mind, based on the commentaries, Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness
The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary, The New Heart of Wisdom
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary, Meaningful to Behold
Types of Mind, based on the commentary, How to Understand the Mind

We will begin the study of Eight Steps to Happiness in September. This text offers an in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

The book presents clear methods for transforming all life’s dif culties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. For centuries, these methods have brought lasting peace, inspiration and happiness to countless people. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares rich insights into this ancient wisdom to help us nd joy and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

What will it cost?
The cost is $90 a month (September – June inclusive), which also includes free admission to General Program Classes at the Centre and branches.

To find out more about the Foundation Program and how you can join, please contact us at epc@meditateinbarrie.org.