Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

Meets twice per week:
Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
and Sundays, 9:00am – 10:45am
(check class schedule for exact dates)

In-Depth Study Program
with Buddhist monk, Kelsang Tashi

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

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 2.

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.

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.

To schedule your trial class or request enrollment information, please email us at

Class Schedule


How to Understand the Mind, Part 2

Wed, Mar 27 – Direct Perceivers (p.193-202)
Sun, Mar 31 – Subsequent Cognizers, Part 1 (p.203-207)
Wed, Apr 3 – Subsequent Cognizers, Part 2 (p.207-211)
Sun, Apr 7 – Re-cognizers (p.213-217)
Wed, Apr 10 – Correct Beliefs (p.207-211)
Sun, Apr 14No class (Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Retreat)
Wed, Apr 17 – Group Review & Discussion

Sun, Apr 21Wed, May 1Term break – No classes (NKT US Festival at KMC New York)

Sun, May 5 – Non-Ascertaining Perceivers (p.223-228)
Wed, May 8 – Non-Deluded Doubts & Wrong Awarenesses, Part 1 (p.229-235)
Sun, May 12 – No class (Mother’s Day)
Wed, May 15 – Wrong Awarenesses, Part 2 (p.235-241)
Sun, May 19 – Valid & Non-Valid Cognizers (p.243-253)
Wed, May 22 – Group Review & Discussion
Sun, May 26 – No class (Memorial Day)

Wed, May 29 – Exam for Part 2