Foundation Program Texts

Wednesday pm In-Depth Study Program Class

Wednesdays • 6:30-8:30pm

LIVE STREAMED until Sept 23 then iin-person is optional
with our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Rigden

please note: this is not a drop-in. If you would like to join please contact us for enrollment commitments.

@ Kadampa Meditation Centre Winnipeg
839 Ellice Ave.
Winnipeg, MB
R3G 0C3
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What is an In-depth Study Program?

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

1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim), based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune

2. Training the Mind (Lojong), 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. Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold

5. Types of Mind (Lorig), based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind

Read a transcript of a talk given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso on the benefits of the Foundation & Teacher Training Programs by clicking here.

Who is the Teacher?

Gen Kelsang Rigden is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Winnipeg.  Gen Rigden, a Canadian Buddhist nun, was ordained in 2004 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England.  She has been studying and teaching Modern Kadampa Buddhism internationally for many years in places such as England, Barbados, the United States and Canada.  Gen Rigden is known for her warm-hearted disposition and presents the teachings in a clear and accessible way.

What book is currently being studied?

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
We are studying Universal Compassion- Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times  by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion.  The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion.

In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states. Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems – even the most demanding and difficult conditions – into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.

How much does the program cost and how can I join?

The cost is $70 per month with a commitment of 6 months which includes all other drop in classes and most onsite weekend courses and retreats. See membership details.
Please note that Foundation Program classes are not drop-in classes; enrollment is required. You are welcome to join this new study program at any time.

Correspondence is available! Do you live too far away to attend classes regularly? You can apply for correspondence and receive MP3 Downloads for each class.

To sign up for the program please fill out the below contact form and we will contact you with more information.

Foundation Program Enrolment