Foundation Program (FP)

Sundays | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Foundation Program is one of Kadampa Buddhism’s systematic study programs, through which we can deepen our experience of Buddha’s teachings through cultivating our wisdom of listening, contemplating, and meditating, and through discussion with fellow practitioners.

The purpose of the Foundation Program is to provide a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism.

The program comprises the following five subjects, based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
1.) The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune
2.) Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and Eight Steps to Happiness
3.) The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom
4.) Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold
5.) Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind  

Our current subject is Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s recently revised book How to Understand the Mind. The book details the nature of our delusions – our sources of suffering – and sets out clear and practical ways to overcome them. For this reason Foundation Program is beneficial for everyone.

For More Information

Please contact Education Program Coordinator Kathy Ryan (

If you are interested in joining Foundation Program, a meeting with Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Zamling will be required to discuss the program and its relationship to your spiritual aspirations. (

You might also wish to read a transcript of a talk by Venerable Geshe-la on the benefits of systematic study in Kadampa Buddhism entitled “Wishfulfilling Jewels for Dharma Practitioners” that you can access wishes

Note: For those who cannot attend the Center regularly there is a correspondence study option available. Please inquire about that with Education Program Coordinator Kathy Ryan (epc@meditation-

Do you have the wish to deepen your understanding of Geshe-la's teachings? Our Foundation Program is a special way to strengthen your experience through study and meditation, all in the company of spiritual friends. Check out this video to learn more.

Posted by Kadampa Meditation Center New York City on Wednesday, September 21, 2016