A unique aspect of Kadampa Buddhism is its emphasis on study and training, so that students learn how to apply insights gleaned in meditation to the challenges of daily life. In Santa Barbara we have two types of study available to students at different levels of interest and experience:
The General Program (GP)
The center offers many classes for the general public. The General Program provides a basic introduction to Buddhist views and meditation practices that are suitable for beginners. Through these classes we can learn how to use meditation and Buddha’s advice to solve every day problems and find the peace and happiness we seek. The General Program also includes advanced teachings and practices from both Sutra and Tantra. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes–no experience of meditation is necessary.
The Foundation Program (FP)
The Foundation Program is a structured study program designed for students wishing to gain a deeper understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings. With weekly reading assignments from the text and a commitment to attend classes, as well discussions and meditations based on the reading, the Foundation Program creates the opportunity for us to gain a profound inner experience of the Dharma, which is the actual protection for our mind.
If you are interested in joining this program, please speak to our Resident Teacher or email the Center.