About the Foundation Program
Who Should Attend?
The Foundation Program is ideal for those with basic Dharma understanding and experience e.g. who have attended the Tuesday evening General Program Classes and who are now interested in a more in-depth study and practice of Buddhist teachings and lifestyle.
When are Classes Held?
There are two, 2-hour classes each week except during the summer program, on Sundays at 4pm and Mondays at 6:30pm. Students commit to try to attend all classes.
What Happens in Classes?
Each class begins with preparatory prayers to set a correct motivation, 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 text is then given by the teacher, 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.
Which Text is Studied?
The text we will begin studying together is “Joyful Path of Good Fortune, the Complete Buddhist Path to Enlightenment”. You can purchase a copy in the bookstore.
I Would like to Join the Program. How do I do this?
Students should subscribe in the member programs to facilitate monthly payments below. The payments are spread out for 12 months, even though there are no teachings during the summer months. Full time students and Seniors (60+) are eligible for a discounted study rate.
PayPal is preferred – see PayPal payment options below.
FP/TTP Subscriber Rates
All Foundation Program (or Teacher Training Program) classes are charged per calendar month for 12 months. Includes the General Program weekly class and Early Registration retreat discounts, when offered.
Please only choose the Student option if you are active student or the Senior option if you are above 55 years old.
FP/TTP Supporter Rates
Receive FREE admission to the General Program classes at the Park Rd. and/or at The Bindu, Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program, and Introduction to Meditation classes, plus receive 1/2 off any day courses, workshops, empowerments, or retreats held at the Vajradhara Center for $60.00 per calendar month for 12 months.