Three Special Spiritual Programs
Buddhism teaches that to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives we need to follow a spiritual path.
To follow this path it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to belong to a strong spiritual community. These enable us to penetrate deeply into the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, to maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and to make genuine spiritual progress.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world:
Teacher Training Program (TTP) – Currently not offered at KMC Madison
Our present understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. We are like someone who has entered a huge food store and seen many things but sampled only a few. We may have received many different teachings from many different teachers, but we have taken in very little, just a few morsels.
There is a gap between us and the Dharma. It feels as if the Dharma is there and we are here. Our mind is not mixed with Dharma and so we cannot apply it in our daily lives. As a result our ordinary everyday problems remain. We also find it difficult to integrate our spiritual path into our daily lives so we cannot use this Dharma to solve our daily problems.
When we study Dharma out mind remains passive, like someone watching television. Therefore our life and our Dharma remain completely separate and unrelated.
Why is this? It is because we are not studying and practicing systematically according to a specially designed spiritual program. If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why the spiritual programs offered by the New Kadampa Tradition are so important.”
— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
If you have any questions about these programs, or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, more info about General Program and Foundation Program Memberships can be found within this site.
Kadampa Meditation Center Madison
Year at a Glance
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 2-30 12:00-12:30 PM
Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM
New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays October 10-31 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, October 3 due to Fall International Festival)
Happiness from the Inside Out: A Meditation Workshop | Saturday, October 26 10:00 AM- 1 PM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday November 15 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)
Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)
Meditation for Kids | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)
New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays November 7-21 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)
A Life Without Anger Meditation Workshop | Saturday, November 9 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Midwest Dharma Celebration | Friday, November 15-Sunday, November 17
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 4-28 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Wednesday, December 25)
Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, December 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class December 29)
Meditation for Kids | Sundays, December 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class December 29)
New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays December 5-19 7 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)
Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Purification Retreat | Saturday, December 14 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
New Year's Eve Candlelight Meditation for World Peace | Tuesday, December 31 7:00-8:30 PM
Long Life and Wisdom Amitayus Retreat| Wednesday, January 1 10 AM-3 PM
New Year, New You: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | Saturday, January 4 10 AM-1:15 PM
Lamrim Meditation Retreat |Saturday, January 11- Tuesday, January 14
Blue Sky Mind: Finding Peace Weekend Retreat with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis, January 24-26