Thursday Morning Foundation Program

Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am

4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM (FP) gives you the opportunity to engage in a structured study and meditation program on the essential teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path right here at Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood.
Buddhism teaches that to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives we need to follow a spiritual path. To follow this path it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to listen to pure Dharma teachings and to be a part of a strong spiritual community. In this way we are able 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.

Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

This book is about transformation. Based on a famous Buddhist poem, Training the Mind in Seven Points, it shows how true mental freedom and lasting happiness can be achieved by transforming our mind.

The fundamental insight underlying this book is that the world we experience is a reflection of our mind and so if we want to experience the world in a positive way we need to develop a positive mind. The supremely positive mind is universal compassion, which is developed using the special meditations in this book.

As we gradually replace our habitual self-cherishing with a genuine cherishing of others, we find our powers of transformation increase. Eventually we reach the point where we can transform any situation, however unpleasant, into a positive experience and an opportunity to make progress in our spiritual development.

“It could be read with profit by anyone whose religion demands the exercise of compassion.” — FAITH AND FREEDOM



About the teacher
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Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Resident Teacher and Western US National Spiritual Director. Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

  • Thursday
  • 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood
  • 4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027


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