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 Two

Delusions and Actions, Death and Rebirth

Nov 4 – The six root delusions (p.373-376)
Nov 11 – Desirous attachment (p.376-377)
Nov 18Special event with Kadam Morten hosted by KMC Miami
Nov 25 – Anger (p.377-380)

Dec 2 – Deluded pride (p.380-382)
Dec 9 – Ignorance (p.382-385)
Dec 16Group Discussion & Review (p.373-385) 
Dec 23No Class: Holiday Break
Dec 30No Class: Holiday Break

Jan 6 – Deluded doubt (p.385-387)
Jan 13 – Deluded view: View of the transitory collection (p.388-390)
Jan 20 – Deluded view, continued (p.391-393)
Jan 27 – The stages by which delusions develop (p.393-395)

Feb 3 – The causes of delusions (p.395-397)
Feb 10 – The causes of delusions, continued (p.397-399)
Feb 17 – The causes of delusions: Inappropriate Attention (p.400-402)
Feb 24 – The dangers of delusions & how actions are created in dependence upon delusions (p.402-405)

Mar 3 – Group Discussion & Review Class (p.385-405)
Mar 10 – The way we die (p.405-412)
Mar 17 – The way we enter the intermediate state and take rebirth (p.412-417)

Twelve Dependent-Related Links & The Wheel of Life

Mar 24 – A general explanation of dependent-related phenomena (p.418-420)
Mar 31 – The twelve dependent-related links (p.420-422)
Apr 7 – The twelve dependent-related links, continued (p.422-426)
Apr 14 – The twelve dependent-related links, continued (p.427-430)
Apr 21 – Group Discussion & Review Class (p.405-430)
Apr 28 – An explanation of the diagram of the wheel of life (p.431-437)
May 5 – The actual meditation on the twelve-dependent related links (p.438-439)

The Path to Liberation

May 12 – The three higher trainings (p.440-443)
May 19 – Why we need to practice the three higher trainings to attain liberation (p.444-447)
May 26 – How to practice the three higher trainings (p.447-453)
June 2 – Group Discussion & Review Class (p.431-453)
June 9 – Group Study Class
June 16 – Part Two Exam
June 23 –
“Wheel of Life” Movie Night

June 30 – August 11 – Summer Break

August 18 – New Class Term Begins – Joyful Path of Good Fortune: Part Three