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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

December

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

January

Long Life and Wisdom Amitayus Retreat| Wednesday, January 1 10 AM-3 PM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays January 3-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday, January 24 due to Special Weekend Retreat)

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, January 5-19 10:00-11:30 AM 

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, January 5-19 10:00-11:30 AM 

New Year, New You: Meditations for Relaxation Retreat | Saturday, January 4 10:00 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

Special Friday Night Lecture: Happiness from Within with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis |  Friday, January 24 7:00-8:30 PM

Staying Inside our Blue Sky Mind Retreat With Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis |  Saturday, January 25 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Special Sunday Class: A Blue Sky Mind in Daily Life with Guest Teacher Kadam Kyle Davis|  Sunday, January 26 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

February

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, February 2-23 (Special Sunday Class February 16) 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, February 2-23 (Special Sunday Class February 16) 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday, February 14 Due to Weekend Retreat)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays February 6-27 7 10:00-11:15 AM 

Transform the Way You Love: A Special Weekend with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | February 14-16

Special Friday Night Lecture: Love, Desire, and Relationships with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Friday, February 14 7:00-8:30 PM

Transform the Way You Love Saturday Retreat with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Saturday, February 16 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Special Sunday Class: Love Without Pain with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Sunday, February 16 10:00 -11:30 AM

Highest Yoga Tantra Blissful Path Vajrayogini Retreat | Saturday, February 29 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

March

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 4-25

Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays March 5-26

Part 1: Friday Night Lecture Silencing the Inner Critic | Friday, March 13 7:00-8:30 PM

Part 2: Connecting with Our Pure Potential Meditation Retreat | Saturday, March 28 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 1-29

Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | April 2-23 (No Class April 30) 

New! Sunday Morning Series: Happy Regardless: The Power of a Wise Heart | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, March 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 11 6:30 AM-4:00 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, April 17 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

 

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