Foundation Program
In-depth Study Program
Foundation Program
Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00pm
, with Gen Kelsang Chöyang
Beginning Thursday January 19

What is the purpose of Foundation Program?

The Foundation Program is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.  When you join, you will experience the great benefits of being part of this systematic study program.  Through this you can improve your good heart, your wisdom, and your cherishing of others by going deeper into your study and meditation practice.

Enrolment is required

This is not a walk-in program, and enrolment is required. It is strongly recommended to have attended the General Program (i.e. weekly classes) regularly for a minimum of 6 months before joining the program.  It is also advised that, if possible, you start your studies at the beginning of a new book or new section of a book.

We are now beginning our study of Universal Compassion by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. We have copies available in our bookshop, or you can order a copy from Tharpa.ca .

"We need to transform whatever circumstances we meet, whether good or bad, into the spiritual path by channelling all our actions in a virtuous direction.  This practice is extremely important. Those who engage in it successfully will never have to experience anxiety or discouragement but will be able to remain calm and peaceful in all circumstances."  Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Commitments of the Foundation Program

When you join the Foundation Program, you make the following commitments:

  1. To attend every teaching class, group discussion class and review class.
  2. To memorize the condensed meaning and the Root Text of the books and to sit a written examination at the end of each book or section of a book.
  3. To attend at least one prayer service (Puja) organized by the Centre each week.
  4. To prepare well for each class so discussion partners’ efforts are respected.
  5. In addition, you will be expected to practically help the Centre in various ways – such as by occasionally putting up daily water offerings, cleaning the meditation room and other areas as needed; also helping in assisting at short courses where possible and assisting or teaching at General Program classes from time to time.  This is aspect is as important as the study part of the program as it allows you to put the teachings into practice supported by other practitioners.

Prioritizing your study program in your personal schedule

Making your study program a high priority is essential for your studies and meditations to be successful. Please note: valid reasons for non-attendance should not include avoidable appointments or holidays.

How to Register

To learn how to register, please email our Education Coordinator, Kelsang Lamden by clicking below:

Send an email

Read the transcript of a talk, “The Benefits of the Study Programs”, by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche by clicking below:


Read transcript

For a list of the six texts which are studied on the Foundation Program, and the benefits of studying them, click below:

Read about FP texts

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If we just dabble superficially in a spiritual path we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop to its full potential. This is why these spiritual programs are so important.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche