Foundation Program: In-Depth Study Program in Modern Buddhism

Program Information

Classes held:
Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
and 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm*

*Please see class schedule on this page for exact dates

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

Spring Term (March to June 2020)

Joyful Path of Good Fortune: Part One (continued)

Meditation on Death

Wed, Mar 4 – Considering the dangers of forgetting about death (p.172-178)
Sat, Mar 7 – Considering the benefits of remaining mindful of death (p.178-184)
Wed, Mar 11 – Meditating on death using three ways of reasoning to gain conviction that death is certain (p.184-193)
Sat, Mar 14No class (Florida Dharma Celebration)
Wed, Mar 18 – Meditating on death using three ways of reasoning to gain conviction that the time of death is uncertain (p.193-198)
Sat, Mar 21 – Meditating on death using three ways of reasoning to gain conviction that at the time of death and after death only our practice of Dharma is of benefit to us (p.198-202)
Wed, Mar 25 – Meditating on death imagining that the time of our death has come (p.202-205)
Sat, Mar 28No class today
Wed, Apr 1Review & Discussion Class (p.172-205)

The Sufferings of the Lower Realms

Sat, Apr 4 – Gaining conviction through reasoning using external and internal signs (p.206-215)
Wed, Apr 8 – The actual meditation (p.215-225)
Sat, Apr 11No class (Nyungne Retreat)

Going for Refuge

Wed, Apr 15 – The actual methods for gaining the happiness of higher states of existence (p.227-233)
Sat, Apr 18 – The Buddha Jewel (p.234-239)
Wed, Apr 22 – The Dharma Jewel (p.239-242)
Sat, Apr 25No class (Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers)
Wed, Apr 29 – The Sangha Jewel (p.242-245)

Sat, May 2 – Understanding why the Three Jewels are suitable objects of refuge (p.245-250)
Wed, May 6 – The way of going for refuge (p.250-256)
Sat, May 9No class (HYT Retreat)
Wed, May 13 – The benefits of going for refuge (p.256-261)
Sat, May 16 – The commitments of going for refuge (p.261-272)
Wed, May 20 – Review & Discussion Class (p.206-272)
Sat, May 23No class (NKT International Spring Festival)

Karma

Wed, May 27 – Gaining conviction in the law of karma (p.273-276)
Sat, May 30 – The general characteristics of karma (p.276-284)

Wed, Jun 3 – Non-virtuous actions and their effects (p.285-295)
Sat, Jun 6 – Factors in the severity of non-virtuous actions and the effects of non-virtuous actions (p.296-302)
Wed, Jun 10 – Ten virtuous actions and factors in their completion and their effects (p.302-307)
Sat, Jun 13No class (NKT US National Festival)
Wed, Jun 17No class (NKT US National Festival)
Sat, Jun 20 – Factors in the power of any action (p.307-311)
Wed, Jun 24 – The eight attributes of a fully endowed human life (p.311-317)
Sat, Jun 27 – Review & Discussion Class (p.273-317)

Wed, Jul 1 – Exam Preparation Activity (optional)
Sat, Jul 4No class (study time)
Wed, July 8 – Exam for Part One