Foundation programme

FP dates  Spring 2024

Jan 25 – Feb 22
Mar 7 – 21
Apr 11 – May 16

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm

new term starting Thursday 25th Jan

Friends Meeting House, Truro (until 22nd Feb, then in new centre)

Studying The New Eight Steps to Happiness

The Foundation Programme (FP) is an inspiring study programme that has been specially designed to develop and enhance our understanding and practical experience of Buddha’s teachings through a systematic study of six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It is designed for those people who wish to study Buddha’s teachings in more depth than is available at General Programme classes. It takes a more structured approach and classes consist of teachings, discussions, chanted prayers and guided meditations.

If you feel you want to go a bit deeper with your study and practice – this systematic study of these essential Buddhist texts on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

The Book

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book reveals essential methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.

Express an Interest

If you are interested in joining, please let us know via the email address below.  All new students can attend 2-3 sessions initially free of charge to try it out before committing to the study programme.

About the Teacher

Kelsang Yonchen is the resident teacher of Ganden Ling KBC. She is known for her kindness and clear, practical teachings.

Books and subjects studied on the programme

  • Joyful Path of Good Fortune, an explanation of the stages of the path to enlightenment (lamrim)
  • The New Heart of Wisdom, a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
  • How to Understand the Mind, an explanation of the types of mind
  • Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness, an explanation of the practices of Training the Mind (lojong)
  • Meaningful to Behold, the commentary to Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Two ways to join:

The recommended way to join is to attend classes in person, this way you will receive the most benefit from being with the group and taking part in discussions.
If you don’t live close enough to attend in person, you can join via correspondence.
The Study Programme is part of our membership package. More details to follow.

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