Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

7:00pm – 9:00pm

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 1.

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

Winter/Spring 2018

The schedule is subject to change. All changes will be posted on this page.

The Eleven Virtuous Mental Factors

Jan 10 – Faith (p.55-57)
Jan 17 – Faith (p.57-60)
Jan 24 – Sense of Shame & Consideration for Others (p.60-64)
Jan 31 – Non-Attachment (p.64-65)
Feb 7 – Non-Attachment (p.65-67)
Feb 14 – Non-Hatred (p.67-68)
Feb 21 – Non-Hatred (p.68-70)
Feb 28 – Non-Ignorance (p.71-73)
Mar 7 – Public Talk with Kadam Morten
Mar 14Group Review & Discussion (p.55-73)

Mar 21 – Effort (p.73-76)
Mar 28 – Effort (p.76-81)
Apr 4 – Effort (p.81-84)
Apr 11 – Mental Suppleness (p.84-86)
Apr 18 – Conscientiousness (p.86-90)
Apr 25 – No Class – Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers
May 2 – No Class – NKT 2018 US Festival
May 9 – Equanimity & Non-Harmfulness (p.90-94)
May 16 – Group Review & Discussion (p.73-94)

Virtue, Non-Virtue & Delusion

May 23 – Virtue & Non-Virtue (p.95-98)
May 30 – Delusion (p.98-102)
June 6 – Six Causes of Delusion (p.103-106)
June 13 – Six Causes of Delusion (p.106-109)
June 20 – Divisions of Delusion (p.109-112)
June 27 – Group Review & Discussion (p.95-112)