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Foundation Program Class

If you have been coming to class for a while, you may be wishing to go a bit deeper with your understanding and practice of meditation and Buddhism. 
We have begun study of a New Book:  
How To Understand the Mind by
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

All are welcome to join! 
This remarkable book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.
The first part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.
The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
‘We often say, “My mind, my mind”, but if someone were to ask us, “What is your mind”, we would have no correct answer. This is because we do not understand the nature and function of the mind correctly.’  -Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

All are welcome to join this class! 

**The Foundation Program class includes chanted prayer, meditation, teachings on every aspect of the text and discussion to clarify the subject matter.

DATE: most SATURDAYS 10:00am-Noon
LOCATION: Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center        
502 1/2 West 3rd Street, Davenport, IA
Phone: (563)322-1600       Cost: $10 per class 
Please contact the center for further information or if you have any questions regarding the Foundation Program in Davenport, IA.


 It sometimes feels as if Dharma is there and we are here.  We find it difficult to integrate Dharma into our everyday lives and so we cannot use it to solve our problems. Why is this? It is because we are not studying systematically according to a specially design program. If we just pick at Dharma randomly we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop its full potential.

Venerable Geshe Keslang Gyasto 

The Foundation Program (FP) is a uniquely structured study program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and to develop a regular meditation practice. It is ideal for those who have an introductory understanding of Buddhism and wish to learn more. 

The Foundation Program (FP) provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The Foundation Program (FP) helps the practitioner to engage in structured study, meditation and discussion. In this way we are able to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress.

The Foundation Program (FP) comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

1. The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune

2. Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness

3. The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom

4. Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold

   5. Types of Mind, based on the commentary Understanding the Mind 

Each Foundation Program class consists of four main parts: 

☼   Chanted Prayers
☼   A Guided Meditation
☼   A Teaching Session
☼   Class Discussion

The chanted prayers done at the beginning and end of each class are to help create positive energy in our mind, purify negativities and receive powerful blessings from enlightened beings.  These three preliminary practices are essential if we want our meditation practice to be successful and to eventually produce profound spiritual realizations within our mind.

The meditations done each class are to help us deeply absorb the meaning of what is being studied instead of having it remain as merely intellectual knowledge. When we meditate deeply on Buddha’s teachings we experience a genuine and profound change of heart. This change allows us to live our life in a move enlightened way which in turn allows us to experience true and lasting happiness.

The teachings given each class cover 1-4 pages of the book and is designed to give an in-depth look into the practices being explained. This is to help students gain a clear understanding of the intended meaning of the text as well as learning practical ways to personally apply the teachings in our every day lives.

The group discussion
 part of the class is a chance for students to resolve any remaining questions about the subject matter.  It is also an opportunity to exchange our personal experience, views and ideas on how to integrate the teachings into our daily loves.

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Joe Gauthier is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He is currently the Resident Teacher at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center in Davenport, Iowa.   Lamrim Center is part of a worldwide network of Buddhist Centers that are located in over 40 different countries. Joe has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for over 15 years under the compassionate guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Before coming to Iowa, Joe studied and taught in several locations throughout the world, including Manjushri Centre in England and at Buddhist Centers in Taiwan, Holland and Madison, Wisconsin. Joe is known and loved by his students for his intense faith in the BuddhaDharma, his extensive knowledge of the teachings and his ability to put Dharma in the context of everyday life.

LOCATION: Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center        
502 1/2 West 3rd Street, Davenport, IA
Phone: (563)322-1600       Cost: $10 per class 
Please contact the center for further information or if you have any questions regarding the Foundation Program in Davenport, IA.

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