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

New students are welcome to join starting on January 5, 2022.
Please email us at info@meditationinmiami.org to schedule your first class.

Winter/Spring 2022

Jan 5 – Equalizing Self and Others (p.507-509)
Jan 12 – Contemplating the disadvantages of self-cherishing (p.509-513)
Jan 19 – Contemplating the advantages of cherishing others (p.513-517)
Jan 26 – Exchanging self with others (p.517-522)
Feb 2 – Group review & discussion (p.507-522)

Feb 9 – Taking (p.522-525)
Feb 16 – Giving (p.526-528)
Feb 23 – Combining the two methods for developing bodhichitta (p.528-531)
Mar 2 – Maintaining bodhichitta by means of ritual / Bodhisattva’s actions (p.531-538)
Mar 9 – The perfection of giving (p.538-545)
Mar 16 – The perfection of moral discipline (p.545-551)
Mar 23Group review & discussion (p.522-551)

Mar 30 – The perfection of patience (p.551-553)
Apr 6 – The patience of not retaliating (p.553-556)
Apr 13 – The patience of voluntary endurance (p.556-560)
Apr 20 – Special event with Gen Demo at KMC Miami
Apr 27 – No Class – Spring Break
May 4 – The perfection of effort: Three types of laziness (p.561-567)
May 11 – The perfection of effort: The four powers (p.568-571)
May 18 – The perfection of mental stabilization (p.571-575)
May 25 – The perfection of wisdom (p.575-578)
June 1Group review & discussion (p.551-578)

June 8 & 15No ClassNKT International Spring Festival, Malaga, Spain

June 22 – How to train the mind in tranquil abiding, the essence of concentration
June 29 – The necessary conditions for attaining tranquil abiding

Summer Break – July 6 – August 10 

Classes resume August 17