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 New Heart of Wisdom: Profound Teachings from Buddha’s Heart, a presentation and commentary of the famous Heart of Wisdom Sutra.
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.
Foundation Program: New Heart of Wisdom
Jan. 10 OSG
Jan. 17 mid p.54 – mid p.59
Jan. 24 mid p.59 – end of chapter
Jan. 31 p.65 – top of p.70
Feb. 7 discussion class: mid p.54 – top of p.70
Feb. 14 top of p.70 – bottom of p.74
Feb. 21 p.75 – mid p.81
Feb. 28 mid p.81 – end of chapter
Mar. 7 discussion class: top of p.70 – p.86
Mar. 14 p.87 – top of p.94
Mar. 21 top of p.94 – end of part one p. 103
Mar. 28 discussion class: p.87 – p.103
Apr. 4 Exam Prep
Apr. 11 EXAM Part One
Apr. 18 p.107 – mid p.113
Apr. 25 OSG
May 2 mid p. 113 – end of chapter
May 9 p. 119 – bottom of p.124
May 16 discussion class: p.107 – 124
May 23 bottom of p.124 – bottom of p.130
May 30 p.131 – 137 (Spring Festival)
Jun. 6 p 139 – top of p.145
Jun. 13 discussion class: bottom of p 124 – top of 145