The KMC Chicago in Oak Park Foundation Program is currently studying the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness by our founder, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This inspiring book reveals essential methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.
with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dorje
Mondays, 6:30pm - 9pm
KMC Chicago in Oak Park | 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304
Class meets Monday evenings, with periodic breaks throughout the year, including a break over the holidays and another over the summer. Students are encouraged and expected to attend class each week. Classes are recorded, so if you are unable to attend a class, you can download the recording. In addition to weekly class, students are expected to attend one puja or drop-in class per week.
The fee for Foundation Program members is $75 per month, year round. Your enrollment supports all of our activities at KMC Chicago, helps us to flourish Dharma throughout Chicagoland and beyond, and entitles you to attend GP classes, workshops and retreats free of charge. Day courses are 50% off.
What is the Foundation Program?
The Foundation Program (FP) is a uniquely structured study program that enables us to gain a deep understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. It is ideal for those who have a general understanding of Buddhism, but who wish to learn more.
Each class incorporates meditation, prayer, teaching and discussion. FP is a wonderful opportunity to study a particular text as a group, and receive enlightening commentary to it from Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dorje. Students also get to learn from each other with ample discussion opportunities. At the end of each class, the group selects a meditation break practice to help students mix the teachings with life outside of class.
Buddhism teaches that in order to find real happiness and meaning in our lives, we need to follow a spiritual path. To do this, it is important to have a close connection with a qualified teacher, to listen to pure Dharma teachings, and to have the support of a strong spiritual community. These enable us to deeply realize the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, to maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and to make genuine spiritual progress – all without abandoning our modern lifestyle.