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

2018 at a Glance

 

October

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 3-21 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM

What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 18-November 15 7:00 PM-8:30 PM * No Class November 1

Life is But a Dream: An Introduction to Emptiness | October 20 10:00-2:45 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Freedom from Fear and Anxiety | Friday, October 26 7:00-8:15 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, October 28 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

 

November

Midwest Dharma Celebration: Medicine for the Mind | November 2-4

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 7-30 12:00-12:30 PM 

What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 4-November 15 (No Class November 1) 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

New! Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM

Healing from the Heart: Taking and Giving Retreat | November 17 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, November 18 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, November 24 10:00-10:45 AM

The Power to Be Happy Free Meditation and Talk | Monday, November 26 6:30-7:30 PM Cambridge Community Library

Friday Night Lecture: How to Survive the Holiday Season | Friday, November 30 7:00-8:15 PM

 

December

New! Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM

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

Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Retreat | Saturday, December 8 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, December 15 10:00-10:45 AM

Meditations for a Wise Heart | Thursdays, December 6-20  7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, December 16 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Festival of Lights Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24 7:00-8:30 PM

 

Starting in 2019

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