The Three Spiritual Programmes
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has designed three special spiritual programmes for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism that are especially suited to the modern world: the General Programme, the Foundation Programme, and the Teacher Training Programme.
Why a Buddhist Study Programme?
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 Spiritual Guide and a Spiritual Teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement.
It is necessary for us to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to belong to a spiritual community who are trying to live a spiritual life by putting the teachings into practice.
This enables 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.
Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study and group discussion the 3 Spiritual Programmes offers this spiritual support.
In essence it is the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha. Its special quality is that we can gain authentic experience without abandoning our modern lifestyle.
By studying on this program we will gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems, to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and the permanent inner peace of liberation and enlightenment.