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:

The General Program (GP)

The Foundation Program (FP)

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 info@meditationinmadison.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

 

February

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 1-27 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Kids Class Sunday, February 10)

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays February 14 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Meditation 101: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

March

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays March 7 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Retreat | Saturday, March 9, 9 AM-4:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, March 16 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Sunshine State of Mind | Friday, March 22 7:00-8:30 PM

 

April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 3-30 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class April 5)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays April 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM

A Life of Great Meaning: Changing Our Heart, Life, and World with Kadam Lucy James | April 5-7 

Friday Night Lecture: Changing Our Heart with Kadam Lucy James | Friday, April 5  7:00-8:30 PM 

Saturday Retreat: Changing Our Life with Kadam Lucy James | Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Changing Our World with Kadam Lucy James | Sunday, April 7 10:00-11:30 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 13 6:30 AM- 4 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, April 20 10:00-10:45 AM

US Festival at KMC New York | Friday April 26-Wednesday May 1 2019  

 

May

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class May 17)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays May 2-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class May 16)

Free Sunday Morning Class and Spring Open House | Sunday, May 5 10 AM

Choose Happiness Free Meditation and Talk at Verona Public Library | Wednesday, May 8 7-8 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, May 11 10:00-10:45 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Introduction, Friday May 17  7:00-8:30 PM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Empowerment Saturday May 18  9 AM-5 PM

International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC | May 24-29

Friday Night Lecture: Silencing Our Inner Critic | Friday, May 31 7-8:30 PM

 

June

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays June 6-20

Giving Power to Our Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, June 8 10 AM-4 PM

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | March 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3 (Registration opens December 15, 2018)