This is a perfect opportunity to join either of two new Foundation Programs that are now forming and will begin in February. Attend one of these introductory classes to find out more about the programs. Each introductory class will focus on the benefits, format and commitments of Foundation Program as well as the particular text that will be studied.

What is Foundation Program?

Foundation Program a profound way to deepen your meditation practice by gaining powerful and practical experience of Buddha’s teachings. Students commit to studying a book and attending weekly classes. This course provides the opportunity to engage with a text at a deeper level, by listening to commentary, engaging in meditation and discussing the teachings in paired groups and whole group discussion. 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.

There are two new Foundation Program classes that are just beginning. Register for either of the introductory classes to learn more:

Foundation Program
The New Heart of Wisdom

Meets Sundays Weekly, 5:30-8:30 pm

About the book
The New Heart of Wisdom: This special presentation of Buddha’s teachings by the author of Modern Buddhism, offers truly liberating insights and advice for the contemporary reader. It reveals the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. The author shows how all our problems and suffering come from our ignorance of the ultimate nature of things, and how we can abandon this ignorance and come to enjoy pure, lasting happiness by developing a special wisdom associated with compassion for all living beings.

Foundation Program
Universal Compassion

Meets Thursdays Weekly, 6:15-8:30pm

About the book Universal 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 Gyatso 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.

Register for the Free Introduction Class

Sunday, Jan 26 | 5:30-7:00pm

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Register for the Free Introduction Class

Thursday, Jan 30 | 6:30-8:00pm

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About the Author: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centers and groups throughout the world.

About the Teacher: Gen Kelsang Khyenwang

Gen Khyenwang is Resident Teacher of Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center. She is a close disciple and student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practicing and teaching under his guidance for many years. The teachings she shares are clear, heartfelt and extremely practical for modern life.

For more information email epc@odiyana.org or call 860.874.1970.
Held at Odiyana Center
36 Main Street, East Hartford, CT.
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