Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

6:30 – 8:30pm

In-Depth Study Program
with Buddhist monk, Kelsang Tashi

This is not a drop-in class. Enrollment is required. The next enrollment date is Wednesday, June 7, 2017. 

Cost: $65 per month
(includes these weekly study classes and access to all our drop-in meditation classes)

Kadampa Meditation Center Miami
1273 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of essential Buddhist texts and their commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Anyone can join and experience the great benefits of being part of this regular study program. Through this we can improve our good heart, our wisdom, and our cherishing of others by going deeper into our study and meditation practice.

About the Program

How to Understand the Mind

The current book being studied is How to Understand the Mind, Part 1.

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.

What happens at each class?

Before each class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages long, and try to memorize the essential points. Each class begins with chanted prayers and a guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned section from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then discuss the material in pairs. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.

What are the program commitments?

Students may enroll to study either a whole book or a part of a book. When students join the Foundation Program, they make the following commitments:

  1. To attend every class, unless there is a valid family, health or work-related reason for missing.
  2. To apply effort to memorize the Condensed Meaning and Root Text of the part of the book studied.
  3. To take a written examination at the end of each part of the book studied.
  4. To attend at least one drop-in meditation class or prayer session at the Center each week.

How to Enroll

This is not a drop-in class, enrollment is required.

Anyone who feels ready for this type of study may enroll in person by attending the class on the next enrollment date, which is June 7, 2017.

You may attend one class as a trial before deciding to enroll. If you enroll, then you should have the intention to complete the remainder of the book or part of the book for which you have joined.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Class Schedule

Part One of this book will take approximately one year to complete. Classes will be held weekly from June 7, 2017 until June 20, 2018, with a few regularly scheduled breaks.

The schedule is subject to change. All changes will be posted on this page.

Part 1, Section 1 (Enrollment date: June 7, 2017)

Jun 7 Introduction; What is our Mind?; How the Mind is Able to Move; The Gross, Subtle and Very Subtle Minds
Jun 14 Primary Minds and Mental Factors
Jun 21 The Five All-Accompanying Mental Factors; Feeling
Jun 28 Discrimination
Jul 5 Intention, Contact & Attention
Jul 12 Group Review Discussion Class #1

Summer Break – No Class on July 19, July 26 or August 2

Part 1, Section 2 (Enrollment date: August 9, 2017)

Aug 9 Five Object-Ascertaining Mental Factors; Aspiration
Aug 16 Firm Apprehension; Mindfulness
Aug 23 Concentration
Aug 30 Wisdom
Sep 6 Group Review Discussion Class #2

Part 1, Section 3 (Enrollment date: September 13, 2017)

Sep 13 Eleven Virtuous Mental Factors; Faith
Sep 20 Sense of Shame; Consideration for Others
Sep 27 Non-attachment
Oct 4 Non-hatred
Oct 11 Non-ignorance
Oct 18 Group Review Discussion Class #3

Part 1, Section 4 (Enrollment date: October 25, 2017)

Oct 25 Effort: Definition, Function and Divisions
Nov 1 Effort: Four Powers
Nov 8 Mental Suppleness
Nov 15 Conscieniousness
Nov 22 No Class: Thanksgiving Break
Nov 29 Equanimity
Dec 6 Non-harmfulness
Dec 13 Group Review Discussion Class #4

Winter Break – No class December 20, 27 or January 3, 2018

Part 1, Section 5 (Enrollment date: January 10, 2018)

Jan 10 Virtue & Non-Virtue
Jan 17 Delusion: Definition & Functions
Jan 24 Six Causes of Delusion
Jan 31 Divisions of Delusion
Feb 7 Group Review Discussion Class #5

Part 1, Section 6 (Enrollment date: February 14, 2018)

Feb 14 Desirous Attachment
Feb 21 Anger
Feb 28 Deluded Pride
Mar 7 Ignorance
Mar 14 Deluded Doubt
Mar 21 Deluded View; View of the Transitory Collection
Apr 4 Divisions of View of the Transitory Collection
Apr 11 Extreme View; False Views; Wrong Moral Disciplines & Conduct; Wrong Views
Apr 18 Group Review Discussion Class #6
Apr 25 No Class: Spring Break

Part 1, Section 7 (Enrollment date: May 2, 2018)

May 2 Aggression; Resentment; Spite; Jealousy
May 9 Miserliness; Concealment; Pretension
May 16 Denial; Self-Satisfaction; Harmfulness; Shamelessness; Inconsideration
May 23 Dullness; Distraction; Mental-Excitement; Non-Faith; Laziness
May 30 Non-Conscientiousness; Deluded Forgetfulness; Non-Alertness
Jun 6 Four Changeable Mental Factors
Jun 13 Group Review Discussion Class #7
Jun 20 Exam: How to Understand the Mind, Part One