Practical Wisdom for Modern Times
Everyone wants to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering. If we want true, lasting happiness we need to develop and maintain inner peace. The only way to do this is through training our mind, gradually reducing our negative, disturbed states of mind, and replacing them with positive, peaceful states.
The programme at Dharmapala Centre offers scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind. The programme caters for everyone from complete beginners to those who have experience of meditation and Buddhism.
General Programme (GP)
The General Programme introduces basic Buddhist philosophy and practice, and is the ideal starting point for those interested to find out more about Buddhism and meditation. The programme consists of drop-in weekly classes, learn to meditate classes, day courses, half-day courses, weekend retreats, and other special events. The emphasis is on practical application in our daily lives of the methods for finding true happiness as taught by Buddha.
The teachings and practices described are from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, based on commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The General Program is taught at every Kadampa Buddhist Center throughout the world. Classes consists of guided meditations, teachings and opportunities for questions and discussion. No prior experience is necessary. Classes are open to everyonea nd you can join in at anytime.
Foundation Programme (FP)
An opportunity to spend time with like-minded people getting to know Buddha’s teachings and thinking about how to apply them in our daily lives.
The Foundation Programme is for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Buddha's teachings. On Foundation Programme students study systematically six of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books, one at a time. Classes consists of prayers, meditation, teachings and paired and group discussions. Classes are held most Sundays throughout the year from 3.30 - 8pm with a break in the middle for dinner. You can join FP at any time and are welcome to come along for a trial class first to check it out.
On FP we are presently studying Meaningful to Behold a commentary to Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life.
As we are about to start a new section it is an ideal time to join. Upcoming topics include how to live an ethical life, how to be patient, how to generate unwavering effort and how to improve our concentration.
Download the FP Handbook for further information.
If you are interested in coming along for a trial class, enrolling or have any further questions please contact the Education Programme Coordinator
Teacher Training Programme (TTP)
The Teacher Training Programme is for those students who wish to train as qualified teachers in the New Kadampa Tradition. Students study 14 books written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and engage in preliminary practice retreats. TTP is currently combined with FP so we are also studying Meaningful to Behold, a commentary to Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Contact the Education Programme Coordinator for further information.