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
(Plus Membership required – includes these weekly study classes and access to all our drop-in meditation classes)

Location:
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

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 at info@meditationinmiami.org to schedule your trial class.

Class Schedule

Joyful Path of Good Fortune: Part Three

Fall 2022

Training in the Concentration of Tranquil Abiding
Aug 17
– The five obstacles to attaining tranquil abiding (p.589-593)
Aug 24 – The eight opponents to the five obstacles (p.594-600)
Aug 31 – The object of meditation (p.601-607)
Sep 7 – The nine mental abidings (p.607-612)
Sep 14 – The six forces, four attentions and measurement of attainment (p.612-616)
Sep 21 – No Class due to Special Retreat for Venerable Geshe-la
Sep 23-25Tranquil Abiding Away Retreat at KMC Florida
Sep 28 – No class due to weather conditions
Oct 5Group review & discussion (p.579-616)

Training in the Wisdom of Superior Seeing
Oct 12 – The nature, function and object of superior seeing (p.617-622)
Oct 19No Class: International Fall Festival 2022 at KMC New York
Oct 26 – The emptiness of persons – ascertaining the negated object (p.623-629)
Nov 2The emptiness of persons – ascertaining the pervasion, etc (p.629-633)
Nov 9 – The subtle conventional I and illusion-like subsequent attainment (p.634-636)
Nov 16 – The emptiness of phenomena (p.637-641)

Overview of Spiritual Grounds and Paths
Nov 23
 – Progressing through the spiritual grounds and paths (p.642-649)
Nov 30 – The Vajrayana paths (p.651-657)
Dec 7 – Full enlightenment (p.658-665)
Dec 14 – Group review & discussion (p.617-665)
Dec 21 – Group study & exam preparation activity
Dec 28 – No Class: Holiday Break
Jan 4, 2023 – Final Exam: Joyful Path, Part Three (p.456-665)

Next book study will begin on January 18, 2023