Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

Classes held:
Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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

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

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

Kadampa Meditation Center Miami
316 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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

Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

The current book being studied is Universal Compassion, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The heart of Buddhaʼs teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states of mind. Ancient meditation techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences. Also included is a practical explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day problems—even the most demanding and difficult conditions—into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life. 

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 health, family or work-related reason for missing.
  2. To apply effort to memorize both The Root Text and The Condensed Meaning of the Text for each 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

For those who are interested in learning more about the program, we will be offering an orientation session for new students on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. During this session the teacher will provide an introduction and overview of the study program, and can answer any questions about the program. 

On January 18, 2023, we will begin our in-depth study of the book Universal Compassion by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It will take approximately one year to study this book. The class meets once a week on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with some breaks for holidays and special events. 

Please note that formal enrollment is required to participate in this program ongoing. New students may attend the first class for free as a trial before deciding whether to enroll. To ensure the success of the program, those who enroll in the program commit to studying the entire book and attending every class to the best of their ability. 

New students who wish to formally enroll can do so in person at the Center by completing an enrollment form, which will be provided at the end of the first class on January 18th.

Class Schedule

Universal Compassion (January – December 2023)

There will be an introductory session on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00PM for new students. Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to attend. Classes will meet weekly starting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Jan 11 – Introduction to Foundation Program – New students welcome!
Jan 18 – Preface & the lineage and pre-eminent qualities of these instructions (p.1-2, 5-10)
Jan 25 – The lineage and pre-eminent qualities of these instructions cont’d (p.10-14)
Feb 1 – The preliminary practices of training the mind (p.15-18, 187-192)
Feb 8 – Meditating on equalizing self and others (p.19-24)
Feb 15 – Contemplating the dangers of self-cherishing (p.24)
Feb 22 – Contemplating the dangers of self-cherishing (p.24-28)
Mar 1 – Contemplating the benefits of cherishing others (p.29-31)
Mar 8Special event with guest teacher Kadam Morten
Mar 15 – Group Review & Discussion p.1-31

Mar 22 – Meditating on exchanging self with others (p.32-35)
Mar 29 – Taking by means of compassion (p.35-41)
Apr 5 – Taking by means of compassion cont’d (p.42-48)
Apr 12 – Giving by means of love (p.48-52)
Apr 19 – Meditating on bodhichitta (p.53-55)
Apr 26 – The practice in the meditation break (p.55-60)
May 3 – Group review & discussion p.32-60

May 10 – Training in ultimate bodhichitta p.61-62
May 17 – Meditating on the emptiness of phenomena p.63-68
May 24 – Meditating on the emptiness of the mind p.68-69
May 31 – Meditating on the emptiness of the I p.69-71
Jun 7 – Training in emptiness in the meditation break p.71-73
Jun 14 – Transforming adverse conditions p.75-77
Jun 21 – Transforming by means of method & wisdom p.78-82
Jun 28 – No class today due to NKT US Festival 
July 5 – Transforming by accumulating merit p.82-85
July 12 – Transforming by purifying negativities p.85-89
July 19 – Remaining practices p.89-91
July 26 Group review & discussion p.61-91

The schedule for August to December 2023 will be posted here at a later date.