STUDY on the Foundation Program

If you wish to make a difference in your own and others’ lives by deepening your understanding and practice of Buddhism, then studying on the Foundation Program of Kadampa Buddhism is right for you. We are just about to begin the 2nd part of the text “How to Understand the Mind”, so this is an excellent time to join the Foundation Program. This text provides you with a deep understanding of the nature and function of your own mind. It explains how you can improve your mind by abandoning its negative painful aspects and cultivating positive minds that are the cause of happiness and inner peace. Foundation Program is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your experience of Kadampa Buddhism and to be supported in your path by a joyful loving spiritual community.

The next series of classes begins on Aug 19 from 6 to 8:15. You may attend a class before deciding to commit.

What Are the Commitments

Students on the Foundation Program commit to :-

  1. Try to attend every class. (Exceptions are for illness and family emergencies.)
  2. Memorize the Condensed Meaning of the text.
  3. Prepare for each class by reading the indicated pages.
  4. Engage in group discussions.
  5. Sit a test at the end of each text or section of a text. The section to be studied will be pp 149-317
  6. Attend one other Center Puja or General Program Class each week.

This method of study and learning is specially designed for our modern world.

What Happens in Classes?

Each class begins with preparatory prayers to generate correct motivation, accumulate positive energy, and remove obstructions to learning. This is followed by a guided meditation based on the section of the text studied in the previous week. Then the students recite together the relevant section of the Condensed Meaning of the Text. The oral transmission and explanation of the difficult part of the text are given by the resident teacher, Gen Kelsang Tilopa, and this is followed by discussion in pairs so that students can reach a conclusion and formulate any questions about what they have just learned. The class concludes with dedication prayers.

I live a long way away from KMC NC – can I do correspondence? Are the classes recorded?

Yes and yes. Each class is recorded and MP3 files are shared with everyone in FP.

How Do I Join?

You can join at any time by taking out a FP Monthly Subscription. All Members and Supporters are granted free access to all normal weekly classes – Supporters also get 1/2 off the cost of workshops, empowerments, and special events. Please contact for more information.

What Does it Cost

Check out the membership page.