Wednesdays - Atisha Buddhist Centre Foundation Program

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.

Currently we’re studying the new edition of How to Understand the Mind, an extensive investigation of the mind’s nature and power.

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 the Buddhist classics 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.

Instructor: Tom Sepp, Atisha Buddhist Centre
Place: Atisha Buddhist Centre, 1823 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 2B5
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Cost: No charge for the open house, nor until you decide to enrol 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.

Readings in “How to Understand the Mind”
Date/pages covered

Mar. 15 p.283-289 Death – end of section
Mar. 22 p.290-295 Meditation on our Determination to Recognize… & Meditation on our Determination to Enter…
Mar. 29 Protector Day
Apr. 5 p.295-302 Meditation on the Ultimate Truth of Cessation & Meditation on Cherishing All Living Beings
Apr. 12 discussion class covers pages 283-302
Apr. 19 p.302-309 Meditation on the Supreme Good Heart… & Meditation on our Determination & Promise…
Apr. 26 p.309-317 Meditation on Training in Yogic Direct Perceivers …end
May. 3 discussion class 302-316
May. 10 OSG
May. 17 exam prep class
May. 24 exam prep class
May. 31 Exam part II
June 7 exam review, and party