General Program

Start here ~ Our weekly drop-in classes in Olympia and Tacoma, and special Saturday workshops and retreats are ideal for anyone wishing for more peace in their lives and provide an excellent introduction to Buddha’s timeless wisdom, as well as how to use it in busy modern life. These courses make up the bulk of our study program.

In these classes, you will learn basic meditation techniques for relaxation and inner peace, and methods to find the lasting happiness we all seek. You will come away from these classes refreshed, and with insights that will improve every aspect of your daily life. Beginners welcome as well as those with some meditation experience.

You can become a sustaining supporting member and get access to all General Program classes which are included in your monthly $35 membership. You also get a 50% discount on half-day courses and special events. Exclusions include retreats and empowerments. Enroll at the bottom of the page.

Foundation Program

After a taste of our General Program classes, you may wish to deepen your practice by enrolling in a Foundation Program (FP) in Olympia.  “FP” is a unique, structured study program that enables students to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings, and develop a regular meditation practice.

We are studying Universal Compassion, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Olympia: Sundays 6:30- 8:30pm

Foundation Program is ideal for those who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhism through General Program classes, but who wish to learn more and make a deeper commitment to their practice. Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the FP offers support and structure to our spiritual life. This program affords an opportunity to gain authentic experience of Dharma without abandoning our modern lifestyle. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

The success of the program lies in the manageable commitments made by the student, and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend each class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two hours.

What Happens at a Class?
Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages, and remember the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

How Do I Join?
Attending class on one of our open enrollment dates is the best time to join, but you may also join at other times by contacting us first at [email protected]. Students may attend three classes before deciding to formally join the FP. Enrolling in FP means you become a ‘member’ of TKBC and all other regular classes and retreats are included with your monthly $65 membership.

You can enroll as a supporting member for access to either of our study programs using the option below.

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