Geshela 2006 NY

By relying on the Three Study Programs we can gradually increase our wisdom until it is completely mature, like a full moon. With this kind of wisdom we will have a firm, stable confidence when teaching Dharma to others.”

—GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE

Kadampa Study Programs

Our founder, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, has designed three study programs of Buddhist teachings. These programs form the very core of the New Kadampa Tradition and consist of the General Program (GP), Foundation Program (FP), and Teacher Training Program (TTP). Emphasis is placed on how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into daily life in order to solve our human problems and spread lasting peace and happiness throughout the world.

THREE LEVELS OF STUDY

General Program

Everyone, regardless of their level of experience or background, can benefit from the classes & courses offered on the General Program. It is highly accessible and designed to address everyday problems with simple and practical advice that makes sense according to our daily experience.

These classes and courses provide a basic introduction to Buddhist teachings and meditations. Through these we can learn how to use Buddha’s advice as a solution to our daily problems. In this way we come to experience a sense of peace and happiness in our lives.

Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend.

We offer weekly classes, retreats and special events. Please check our calendar for a complete schedule.

foundation program

In FP you will engage in study and meditation on the essential subjects of Kadampa Buddhism based on six books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The emphasis in the classes, which consist of teachings, meditation, and discussion, is on gaining practical experience of Buddha’s teachings that you can apply to your daily life.

FP is a tried and tested way 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. If you have been coming to GP classes regularly and have been benefitting from them, but wish to go deeper with your study and practice, the systematic study on FP may be a perfect next step for you.

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meditation

Teacher Training Program

The Teacher Training Program was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche to train qualified Teachers of Modern Kadampa Buddhism.

The core of the program is the study and meditation classes based on the books of Venerable Geshe-la.

Through the study component, students gain an understanding of the deep meaning of Buddha’s teachings and how to apply them to modern daily life. This part of the program includes discussion and teaching skills. Through the meditation component, students gain practical experience of the meaning of the teachings bringing them from an intellectual level to a deeper heart felt experience. This is facilitated by incorporating four weeks of retreat throughout the year. Qualified Teachers need both knowledge and experience of the teachings.

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The importance of Study to Fulfill our Highest Potential

Buddha’s 84,000 teachings of Sutra and Tantra are precious wisdom insights that can open the door to a profoundly rich and meaningful life, leading us to lasting happiness. To extract their full meaning, we need to systematically familiarize our minds with these insights until we have penetrated their meaning deeply, making them our own.

The method for taking these teachings deep into our hearts is centered around three key activities: listening, contemplating and meditating.

Our study programs are structured to support the development of these three wisdoms.

As we train our minds, it is important to have a close connection with qualified teachers who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to belong to a strong spiritual community. These enable us to maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and to make real and lasting transformation.

To increase our wisdom arisen from listening we need to listen to correct instructions from fully qualified Spiritual Guides, read authentic Dharma books and discuss what we have heard. Wisdom arisen from contemplation arises from reflecting again and again upon what we have heard and understood, and wisdom arisen from meditation arises from meditating on what we have heard and contemplated. We need to keep increasing these three wisdoms continuously until we attain enlightenment.

— GESHE KELSANG GYATSO

JOYFUL PATH OF GOOD FORTUNE

The books taught on the study programs are written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche who is the founder of our tradition and Modern Kadampa Buddhism. He has written 23 authoritative books and composed over 50 sadhanas, which have been translated into many different languages.

“My books are commentaries to Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and his teachings are commentaries to Buddha’s teachings. So these books are Buddha’s teachings. People may say that I am the author of Joyful Path of Good Fortune but in reality it is Je Tsongkhapa’s teaching. Dharmapala Dorje Shugden gave encouragement and energy to produce such a book, and helped to gather the necessary conditions and dispel obstacles, but the teachings themselves came from Je Tsongkhapa’s wisdom.”

“If our wisdom is weak we experience obstacles, but if our wisdom is strong we have no problems. Wisdom teaches us what to do and what not to do; it is like an inner Teacher that we carry in our hearts, and like a Protector that protects us from engaging in wrong actions and having to experience their unpleasant results. When we are discouraged, disappointed, or depressed, wisdom lifts our mind and makes us happy; and when we are over-excited or distracted, wisdom calms our mind and reduces our distractions. With wisdom our mind is always balanced and comfortable.”

 

— GESHE KELSANG GYATSO
GREAT TREASURY OF MERIT

Manjushri

“The immediate effect of cherishing others will be that many of our daily problems, such as those that arise from anger, jealousy and selfish behavior, will disappear, and our mind will become calm and peaceful. Since we will act in considerate ways, we will please others and not become involved in quarrels or disputes. If we cherish others we will be concerned to help rather than to harm them, so we will naturally avoid non-virtuous actions. Instead, we will practice virtuous actions, such as compassion, love, patience, and giving material help and protection, and thus create the cause to attain pure and everlasting happiness in the future.”

— GESHE KELSANG GYATSO
MODERN BUDDHISM

Learn More About Each of our Study Programs:

GENERAL PROGRAM

GP

Foundation Program

FP

teacher training PROGRAM

TTP

If you are attending classes both in-person or online on a regular basis, consider becoming a member. Your membership benefits both you and supports the Temple. We offer 3 levels of membership enrollment.

membership