Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

Classes held:
Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
and some Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm*

*Please see class schedule on this page for exact dates

In-Depth Study Program
with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Tashi

This is not a drop-in class. Enrollment is required. 

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

Location:
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

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

The current book being studied is Joyful Path of Good Fortune.

This book provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfill this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.

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 short 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 days before the next class.

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 of the Text for 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 in addition to these classes.

How to Enroll

This is not a drop-in class, enrollment is required. Anyone who feels ready for this type of study may attend one class as a trial before deciding whether to enroll. Please email us in advance at info@meditationinmiami.org to schedule your trial class, or attend whenever a join date is announced. 

Next Join Date:
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 – Please RSVP to attend

Class Schedule

Winter/Spring Term (January to June 2020)

New Students Welcome!

Wed, Jan 8Introduction to the In-Depth Study Program (7pm – 8:30pm)

Anyone interested in learning more about the program is welcome to check out this introductory talk on January 8th and also is free to attend the first class of the term on January 15th as a trial. Please RSVP here to attend the January 8th Introduction.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune: Our Precious Human Life

Wed, Jan 15 – Recognizing that we now possess a precious human life (p.143-147)
Wed, Jan 22 – The eight freedoms of a precious human life (p.147-152)
Wed, Jan 29 – The ten endowments of a precious human life (p.152-155)

Wed, Feb 5 – Meditating on the great value of our precious human life (p.155-160)
Wed, Feb 12 – Meditating on the great rarity of our precious human life (p.160-163)
Wed, Feb 19 – Developing the wish to take full advantage of this life (p.163-167)
Wed, Feb 26 – Training the mind in the actual methods (p.166-171)

Wed, Mar 4 – Review & Group Discussion Class (p.143-171)

Please note:

  • No Saturday morning study classes will be held in January or February due to other special events and our upcoming move to a new location
  • Class schedule for March to June to be announced after moving to our new location.