Venerable Kelsang Gyatso has designed three study programmes offering Buddhist psychology, philosophy and meditation instruction, as well as retreats for all levels of practioner. The emphasis is on intergrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life to solve our human problems and to spread lasting peace and happiness throughout the world.
“. . . . we need to study and practise the teachings of Buddha: to develop our wisdom, to cultivate a good heart, and to maintain a peaceful state of mind. . . . although we wish for happiness, our ignorance leads us to engage in non-vituous actions, which are the main cause of all our suffering. If we do not cultivate a good heart, our selfish motivation destroys harmony and good relationships with others. We have no peace, and no chance to gain pure happiness. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. If we do not maintain a peaceful state of mind, we are not happy even if we have ideal conditions. On the other hand, when our mind is peaceful, we are happy, even if our external conditions are unpleasant. Therefore, the development of these qualities is of utmost importance for our daily happiness”
Eight Steps to Happiness ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~
These special spiritual programmes are especially suited for the people of this modern world.
- General Programme (GP) – Meditation for everyone
- Foundation Programme (FP) – more in-depth
- Teacher Training Programme (TTP) – become a qualified teacher
The Foundation Programme
The Foundation Programme provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts:
- Joyful Path of Good Fortune – a commentary to Atisha’s Lamrim instructions, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
- Universal Compassion – a commentary to Bodhisattva Chekhawa’s Trainng the Mind in Seven Points.
- Eights Steps to Happiness – a commentary to Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind.
- The New Heart of Wisdom – a commentary to the Heart Sutra.
- Meaningful to Behold – a commentary to Venerable Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
- How to Understand the Mind – a detailed explanation of the mind, based on the works of the Buddhist scholars Dharmakirti and Dignaga.
The benefits of studying and practising these texts are as follows:
- Joyful Path of Good Fortune – we gain the ability to put all Buddha’s teachings of both Sutra and Tantra into practice. We can easily make progress on, and complete, the stages of the path to the supreme happiness of enlightenment. From a practical point of view, Lamrim is the main body of Buddha’s teachings, and the other teachings are like its limbs.
- and (3) Universal Compassion and Eights Steps to Happiness – we gain the ability to intergrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life and solve all our human problems.
(4) The New Heart of Wisdom – we gain a realization of the ultimate nature of reality. By gaining this realization, we can eliminate the ignorance of self-grasping, which is the root of all our suffering.
(5) Meaningful to Behold – we transform our daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s way of life, thereby making every moment of our human life meaningful.
(6) How to Understand the Mind – we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually, we will gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.
The Teacher Training Programme
The Teacher Training Programme is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, which include the six texts mentioned in the Foundation Programme above, the student is required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.
For the Teacher Training Programme in Tharpaland we are studying New Guide to Dakini Land with Gen Kelsang Devi, if you are interested or have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and enrolment.