Tuesdays - Atisha Buddhist Centre Foundation Program 2022

The Foundation Program at Atisha Buddhist Centre provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The Program comprises of five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

September 2022, we will be continuing with chapter 7 of Meaningful to Behold, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s commentary to the classic Buddhist poem Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.

Each week, you’d study a small section of the book, internalize the main points and outline, come prepared to meditate on a key part of the reading, and receive the transmission of the text. You’ll have an opportunity to work in pairs, ask questions and discuss the material. We also have a break, with time for tea and snacks.

You’ll get a deeper understanding of this Buddhist classic and find practical strategies to incorporate into your daily activities.

Even if you’re just curious, you’re welcome to attend the open house/first class and find out more about the Foundation Program and how it works, with no obligation to continue with the program. Everyone welcome to attend. New students please contact atisha.epc@gmail.com.

Instructor: Tom Sepp, Atisha Buddhist Centre
Place: Atisha Buddhist Centre, 1823 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 2B5
Time: Tuesday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cost: No charge for the open house, nor until you decide to enroll in the program. No one is prevented from participating in the program because of lack of funds. Cost is $75/month due monthly throughout the year. $90/month if you’d like to make 10 payments in a year.

The link to our live streaming is on our class wiki. Please contact us for the password in case you’ve lost it.

Upcoming classes:
Sept. 6 Review chapters 1-6, and take up Chapter 6 quiz
Sept. 13 pages 281-mid 285, verses 1 & 2
Sept. 20 retreat
Sept. 27 pages mid 285-289, verses 3 to 14

Oct. 4 pages 289-mid 295, verses 15 to 30
Oct. 11 review 281-295, verses 1 to 30
Oct. 18 pages mid 295 – bottom 300, verses 31 to 46 ab
Oct. 25 OSG

Nov. 1 bottom 300 – mid 306, verses 46 cd to 66
Nov. 8 mid 306 – 312, verses 67 to 76
Nov. 15 review 295 – 312 31 to 76
Nov. 22 Quiz prep
Nov. 29 Melodious Drum 6-9pm

Dec. 6 Quiz prep
Dec. 13 Chapter 7 Quiz