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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

 

August

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

Free Sunday Morning Class and Fall Open House | Sunday, August 18 10:00-11:30 AM

Sunday Morning Series: The Confidence to Change | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM

KMC Madison Fall Fair and Yard Sale | Saturday, August 31 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

September

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, September 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, September 29 due to Fall International Festival) 

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, September 1-15 10:00-11:30 AM (No Classes Sunday, September 22 or 29 Due to Fall International Festival and Preparations) 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays September 4-27 12:00-12:30 PM

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, September 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM  (No Class Wednesday, September 25 due to Fall International Festival)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays September 5-19 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, September 26 due to Fall International Festival)

Mala Making Workshop | Saturday, September 7 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Wisdom: Reliable Intuition | Friday, September 20 7:00 -8:30 PM

 

October

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! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, October 9-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class Wednesday, October 2 due to Fall International Festival)

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)

Friday Night Lecture: Overcoming Craving and Addiction: A Buddhist Perspective | Friday, October 18 7:00 -8:30 PM

Happiness from the Inside Out: A Meditation Workshop | Saturday, October 26 10:00 AM- 1 PM

 

November

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! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, November 6-20 (No Class Wednesday, November 27)

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

 

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 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM 

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

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, December 4-18 (No Class Wednesday, December 25)

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-5:00 PM

New Year's Eve Candlelight Meditations for World Peace | Tuesday, December 31 7:00-8:30 PM

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | New! Series starts September 9, 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3